Who’s Ready to Write Some Poetry?

Tanka Tuesday Returns June 11th!

This has been the longest two months of my life. I can only say that I’m thrilled to be in our new house in Arizona. So, naturally… the next step is to return to my writing community of poets, artists, and writers! I’ve missed each and every one of you!

Here is an overview of the Tanka Tuesday Rules to refresh your memories:

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




CINQUAIN & the variations on Cinquain-Wikipedia 





This challenge is for SYLLABIC Poetry ONLY

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


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


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 poetry.

The Rules

I will publish the Tuesday prompt post at 12:03 A.M. Phoenix, AZ (Mountain Time Zone – Arizona does not utilize Daylight Saving Time). That should give everyone time to see the prompt from around the world.

WRITE YOUR POEM ON YOUR BLOG as a post. Then, copy and paste your poem into the submission form on the weekly challenge post.

How long Do You Have and Your Deadline: You have a week to complete the Challenge with a deadline of Sunday at 12:00 P.M. (Noon) Phoenix, AZ time, USA.

Please, try not to be late submitting your poetry to me on Sunday. You must submit your poem using the form on the challenge post. If it’s not in my email, I will not publish your poem on the recap. The recaps take a couple of hours for me to compile. Thank You. <3

As a courtesy to the participants for their participation, each Monday, I will compile and publish a Weekly Recap of the poems. Monday’s date gives me a chance to add everyone’s poetry from the previous week before the next challenge post on Tuesday.

Each week, I will highlight a poet who I call the “Poet of the Week,” who has shared an exceptional message, or shown 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. 

Starting in 2019, I will compile a PDF of the 2019 Poets of the Week. The PDF will include their poem and a link to their blog. This PDF will be available as a free download in January 2020. I’ll share more information at the end of the year.

Poetry Challenge Participants – Please visit, comment, and share the poems of the other participants. Peer comments are most helpful in a poet’s journey. <3

The rules are simple.

I will give you two words. Please choose your own synonyms for the prompt words for your poetry. You, the poet, now have more control over the direction of your writing. Please follow the rules to whatever poetry form you select. 

Don’t use the prompt words. Synonyms are required.

Instead of link-backs, and to make compiling the recap easier for me, please submit your poem in the form on the prompt post each week.

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, #Nonet, #Shadorma

Are you Ready to write some syllabic poetry? See you on Tuesday! I can’t wait! <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 colleenchesebro.com.
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  2. Life has been crazy busy here, but I love reading the tankas. Perhaps I’ll even get around to joining in. ❤️🤗❤️

  3. Congrats on the new house!!!! Been there and done that in 2012. It did take 18 months from start to finish–forever, in other words. 🙂

    • Thanks. The deal in Albuquerque we walked away from. They kept extending the date to close. So, we’re in Buckeye, AZ close as we could get to my husband’s brother in California who has Parkinson’s. It’s the far west side of Phoenix so it’s perfect. 🥰

      • We went from a big metro area of six million to a small town of about 10,000. We’re practically neighbors (in Southwestern travelling distance) in Silver City, New Mexico. We love it. We’ll never move again. The wait was for the home to be built.

        • That’s fabulous! We stumbled upon a new area and bought a new spec home built to withstand the temperature. I was having trouble with the elevation in Colorado. The desert here is amazing.

  4. Yayayayaya – I’ve missed you and the challenge! Excited to have you back 💙💙💙

  5. Good to see you back Coleen, and riding a unicorn! I’m glad you finally got settled in your new home in Arizona.

  6. Woohoo! Looking forward to getting back into gear – and hoping all your adventures turned out well!

  7. It’s great to have you back, Colleen! 🙂 I’ve missed this, and I’ll participate as I can. There’s a lot going on right now.

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  9. Hooray 💜 💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜 💜💜💜💜💜

  10. Missed you, Colleen! So great to have you back….

  11. I’m so glad to see you back, Colleen. I bet it was the longest two months you had had. Now you’re back, we must get back in gear, though I’m babysitting Autumn from yesterday to the coming Saturday. Her mommy and daddy are vacationing in Iceland. <3

  12. Good to have you back, Colleen! ♥

  13. Welcome back, Colleen and congratulations on finding a new home!

  14. Welcome back Sis, and thanks for the refresher rules, lol, it’s been so long, I forget what a Haibun is LOLOL <3 🙂

  15. We’ve missed you! It’s so wild- I just checked your blog this morning to see if I missed your return! <3

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  17. Back in the saddle again, Sis!

  18. Oh my goodness, Sis! You have been so missed!! Welcome back!! <3

  19. Good to see you back, Colleen… though I’ll be hitting the road as the prompt starts again 😉 xx

  20. Tuesday will get back to being Tuesday 🙂

  21. Yay!!! You’re back sis 💜

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