Colleen’s #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge Recap No. 108, “Afraid & Grave”, #SynonymsOnly


Welcome to the Tanka Tuesday Poetry Recap featuring the work of poets from around the globe. If you would like to participate in this challenge, you can learn the rules on the menu item called Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Guidelines.

PLEASE NOTE: Don’t forget to count your syllables. Use this site: Click on the workshop tab. Then, copy and paste your poem into the box, and click “count syllables” at the bottom.

What a fabulous collection of poetry this week. We had horror, humor, romance and plain old Autumn magic! Thanks for celebrating Halloween with me. I can’t wait until we can do it all over again! <3

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Each week, I like to highlight a poet who I call the Poet of the Week, who has shared an exceptional message, or shown an impassioned creativity through words or form. Poetry is all about perception, so don’t be shocked if you don’t feel the same way about a poem that I do. ❤

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This week, I’ve chosen D. G. Kaye (aka Debby Gies) and her poem, All Hallows Eve, as the Poet of the Week.

She embraced the Double Etheree form by building on the syllables and words with her definition of Halloween. I love the rhythm and the way her words flowed through to the end. The challenge in writing a Double Etheree is to convey some special meaning with the words. I think Debby hit on the meaning of Halloween in a couple of different ways.

The Etheree format has proven to be one of the favorites of this challenge. <3




That time

Of year when

Spirits unleashed

Rising from their crypts

Making their presence felt

Witches celebrate Samhain

As the veil thins – some find this day

Ominous while ignoring the spirits

Of the dead – decked out in ghoulish attire

More focused on the trick and the treat

Petrified by looming spirits

But eager to fill their bags

Children in for the hunt

Costumes made to scare

Witches unite




Happy Halloween

© 2018 D. G. Kaye

“Poetry should surprise by a fine excess and not by singularity—it should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost a remembrance.” — John Keats, from On Axioms and the Surprise of Poetry. (



Afraid & Grave | Bob

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 108, “Afraid & Grave,” #SynonymsOnly | willowdot21

#Tanka Tuesday: Afraid & Grave – Jane Dougherty Writes

A Halloween Adventure #haibun #tanka | Trent’s World (the Blog)

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge… #Etheree | anita dawes and jaye marie 

Absolution | Dorinda Duclos

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge Afraid & Grave | Annette Rochelle Aben 

Haiku Tomb Explorer | The Dark Netizen

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Challenge #108 – Afraid & Grave #MicroPoetry #Etheree | But I Smile Anyway…

The Undead | Willow Poetry

Once Upon a Halloween Horror: a #TankaTuesday #TankaProse – Frank J. Tassone

Dying To Be Alone (Etheree Poem) – ethan dale eagar

#Halloween #Poetry Challenge #Tanka Tuesday – Trick or treat

Lies Silent – #Tanka – Let Me Tell You the Story of…

Folly | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

Dream – Yesterday and today: Merril’s historical musings

Black Midnight Sky – Charmed Chaos

Smorgasbord Poetry – #Tanka for Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 108, “Afraid & Grave,” #SynonymsOnly | Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Nothing to Fear (Tanka) | Darkness of His Dreams

Colleen’s Poetry Challenge – Afraid & Grave | The Showers of Blessings

Halloween | Mucky Boots and Flawless Paws

“A Norse Halloween,” A #Tanka – Colleen Chesebro ~ The Faery Whisperer

Friday Fun Poetry Challenge: Afraid and Grave (Synonyms Only) | Abbie’s Corner of the World

Tanka Tuesday – choice | Twenty Four

Afraid & Grave | Roberta Writes

Solemn Moment | Stuff and what if…

Calling on (Better) Angels | like mercury colliding…

COLLEEN’S WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY NO. 108, “AFRAID & GRAVE,” – The Secret Letters to Timbo

Poetry Friday ~ Afraid & Grave | The Writer Next Door|Vashti Q

Possibilities | method two madness

Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday: AFRAID and GRAVE – Afterwards

Vita – Aweni 

Future – thehouseofbailey

All Hallows Eve | D. G. Kaye, Writer

coldIt’s cold here in Colorado… how about where you are? STAY warm and read some great poetry! DON’T FORGET – Tanka Tuesday fires off with a new challenge tomorrow! See you there! <3







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
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  2. Excellent entries this week, Colleen. A lot of energy and creativity here. Congratulations to Debby’s fabulous double Etheree! <3 <3

  3. Reblogged this on The Showers of Blessings and commented:
    Another week of fabulous entries of creative poets. You’ll enjoy this recap from Colleen’s Poetry Challenge. D.G. Kaye, the Poet of the week wrote a excellent double Etheree.

  4. Wowwwwwwww, I am soooooooo touched and honored to have my poem chosen among so much talent here Colleen. Thank you so much. <3 xxxxxxx

  5. Quite a nice turnout for this prompt Colleen😊. That’s nice😊


  6. Excellent, Colleen! 🙂

  7. Debby’s entry is lovely, Colleen. A great collection this week.

  8. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine and commented:
    Colleen Chesebro shares the entries for the weekly #poetry challenge and with the last of the Halloween poems…D.G. Kaye was the featured poet with her amazing double etheree..Great challenge and great way to express your syllables.. new challenge tomorrow.

  9. Brilliant volume of entries sis!

  10. Another fabulous week, Colleen! ❤️

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