Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 106, “Ghost & Hollow,” #SynonymsOnly

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WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY!

Hi! I’m glad to see you here. Are you ready to write some syllabic poetry?

HERE’S THE CATCH: You can’t use the prompt words! SYNONYMS ONLY! Except for the first challenge of the month ~ then, the poets get to choose their own words. <3

I hope you will support the other poets with visits to blogs and leaving comments. Sharing each other’s work on social media is always nice too.



PLEASE NOTE: This challenge is for Tanka, Haiku, Senryu, Haibun, Etheree and Cinquain poetry forms. Freestyle rhyming poetry is not part of this challenge. Thank you. <3

 



 

NotedPlease note: We are all students of poetry. I have given you the instructions on how to write the different forms. Try your best to be as exact as you can. There are no tests, and I don’t grade your work. LOL!

The most meaningful change you will learn about is in writing a Haiku vs. a Senryu. Also, remember, pronunciation in various parts of the world will affect your syllable count. Go with your gut on deciding the syllable count. You are the poet and the creator of your work.

I sponsor this challenge to help poets learn how to write various forms of poetry. Remember, if you are sending your poetry for publication in literary journals, contests, or self-publishing, you should know the correct forms and use them.

For Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, you can write your poem in one of the forms defined below. Click on the links to learn about each form:

HAIKU IN ENGLISH 5/7/5 syllable structure. A Haiku is written about seasonal changes, nature, and change in general.

TANKA IN ENGLISH 5/7/5/7/7 syllable structure. Your Tanka will consist of five lines written in the first-person point of view. This is important because the poem should be written from the perspective of the poet.

HAIBUN IN ENGLISH Every Haibun must begin with a title. Haibun prose is composed of short, descriptive paragraphs, written in the first-person singular.

The text unfolds in the present moment, as though the experience is occurring now rather than yesterday or some time ago. In keeping with the simplicity of the accompanying haiku or tanka poem, all unnecessary words should be pared down or removed. Nothing must ever be overstated.

The poetry never tries to repeat, quote, or explain the prose. Instead, the poetry reflects some aspect of the prose by introducing a different step in the narrative through a microburst of detail. Thus, the poetry is a sort of juxtaposition – different yet somehow connected.

Cinquain ALSO: Check out the Cinquain variations listed here: Cinquain-Wikipedia These are acceptable methods to use. Please list the form you use so we can learn from you.

Etheree The Etheree poem consists of ten lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 syllables. Etheree can also be reversed and written 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. The trick is to create a memorable message within the required format. Poets can get creative and write an Etheree with more than one verse, but the idea is to follow suit with an inverted syllable count. Reversed Etheree Syllable Count: 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Double Etheree Syllable Count: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10, 9, 8, 7, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 

Senryu in English 5/7/5 syllable structure. A Senryu is written about love, a personal event, and have IRONY present. Click the link to learn the meaning of irony.

haiku vs senryu

Image credit: Pinterest.com

(Currently, free-verse prose poems are NOT part of this challenge)

Here are some great sites that will help you write your poetry and count syllables

synonyms.com 

This site even has a link so you install the extension on Google Chrome.

thesaurus.com

For Synonyms and Antonyms. When your word has too many syllables, find one that works.

howmanysyllables.com

Find out how many syllables each word has. I use this site for all my Haiku and Tanka poems. Click on the “Workshop” tab to create your Haiku or Tanka.

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THE RULES

I will publish the Tuesday prompt post at 12: 03 A.M. Mountain Standard Time (Denver Time).  That should give everyone time to see the prompt from around the world. The RECAP is published on Monday and will contain links to the participants.

WRITE YOUR POEM ON YOUR BLOG as a post.

You have one week to complete the Challenge with a deadline of Sunday, at 12:00 P.M. (Noon) Denver time, U. S. A.

This will give me a chance to add the links from everyone’s poem post from the previous week, on the Recap I publish on Monday. I urge everyone to visit the blogs and comment on everyone’s poem.

The rules are simple.

I will give you two words. Choose synonyms from those words for your poetry. You, the poet, now have more control over the direction of your writing. Follow the rules carefully. Don’t use the prompt words.

LINK YOUR BLOG POST TO MINE WITH A PINGBACK. To do a Pingback: Copy the URL (the HTTPS:// address of my post) for the current week’s Challenge and paste it into your post. You may also place a copy of your URL of your post in the comments of the current week’s Challenge post.

Because of the time difference between where you are, and I am, you might not think your link is there. I manually approve all links. People taking part in the challenge may visit you and comment or “like” your post. I also need at least a Pingback or a link in the comments section to know you took part and to include you in the Weekly Recap published each Monday.

BE CREATIVE. Use your photos and create “Visual POETRY” if you wish, although it is not necessary. Use whatever program you want to make your images.

Don't forget

As time allows, I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your POETRY

If you add these hashtags to your post TITLE (depending on which poetry form you use) your poetry may be viewed more often:

#Haiku, #Tanka, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines, #Haibun, #Prose #Senryu, #CinquainPoetry, #Etheree

I have also been sharing your poetry on my Facebook Page here: https://www.facebook.com/CMChesebro/. Please follow me so that I can tag you in my posts.  FOLLOW, LIKE, & SHARE from my page. ❤

You may copy the badge I have created to go with the Weekly Poetry Challenge Post and place it in your post. It’s not mandatory:

JOIN US EVERY TUESDAY

Here are the TWO prompt words for this week’s challenge: “Ghost & Hollow,” #SynonymsOnly

Have fun and write some poetry!

IMG_22A8F672CBC4-1 Get Busy! Write some POETRY!

About Colleen M. Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Novelist & Poet who loves writing paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood—or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet. A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Faery Writer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams. Colleen won the “Little and Laugh” Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the Carrot Ranch Literary Community on November 2017, and in 2018, she won first place for the “Twisted Travel” category. Colleen lives in Arizona with her husband. When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art. Learn more about Colleen on colleenchesebro.com.
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89 Comments

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  4. Thank you, Colleen, for this great prompt
    here is my share for this week
    https://helenevaillant.com/2018/10/20/night-party/

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  7. Hi, Colleen. It’s a fun challenge this week. Here’s my contribution.<3

    https://theshowersofblessings.com/2018/10/20/colleens-weekly-poetry-challenge/

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  10. Hi Colleen! Happy Friday! Thanks for another fun challenge. Here’s my contribution this week: https://wp.me/p3eYyj-1Th 😀 xx

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  13. Hey Colleen! 🙂
    Here’s my take on the prompt:
    https://thedarknetizen.wordpress.com/2018/10/19/haiku-trapped/

    Happy reading! 🙂

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  16. This was a great exercise for my right AND left brain. Thanks! (I used a haunted house photo to inspire me, and just let the ideas flow. My first haibun! https://loristory.wordpress.com/2018/10/18/the-phantom/

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  18. Hi Colleen,
    Hi Everyone.
    Here is my entry for this week. A great weekend to you😊

    Pat R

    https://thoughtsandentanglements.wordpress.com/2018/10/18/thick-skull/

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  20. Had to introduce my ghoulish pumpkin for this one. https://odaciuk.wordpress.com/2018/10/18/tis-the-season/

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  22. I think Anita has lost her mind this week, here is the link to her double Etheree poem! https://wp.me/p2XQu3-9QW

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  25. My contribution is a bit darker this week, Colleen, so I posted it on Roberta Writes. Here it is: https://robertawrites235681907.wordpress.com/2018/10/17/poetrychallenge-ghost-and-hollow/

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  27. Good morning, Colleen! I went full out gothic with a double etheree. 🙂
    https://merrildsmith.wordpress.com/2018/10/17/eidolon/

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  29. Anita has done it again! No stopping her now… https://wp.me/p2XQu3-9PF

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  31. Thanks for the challenge!

    Lost:

    I’ve lost my soul

    and I’m out here wandering,

    dying for water,

    it’s all contaminated

    in this vacuous wasteland.

    https://soitgoes1984.com/2018/10/17/lost/

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  33. Challenge accepted. Ha!

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  35. https://wp.me/p4ayEo-35A My short link in case the ping back doesn’t work

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  41. Hi Colleen. I decided to attempt an Etheree. Actually, I decided to make it a Double Etheree. Well, now that you come down to it, I added a paragraph and made it a Haibun with a Double Etheree as the poem. I hope you enjoy! https://trentsworldblog.wordpress.com/2018/10/16/swifts-hollow-aka-gore-orphanage-haibun-etheree-doubleetheree/

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  44. Another brilliant challenge Colleen 💜💝

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