Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 134 #SynonymsOnly


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

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Happy July! It’s the first challenge of the month and poet’s choice of words!

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

PLEASE support the other poets by visiting their blogs and leaving comments. Sharing each other’s work on social media is always nice too.

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

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:






CINQUAIN & the variations on Cinquain-Wikipedia 




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

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

For 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 to compose my poems. Click on the “Workshop” tab, then cut and paste your poetry into the box. Click the Count Syllables button on the button. This site does the hard work for you.


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

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

This will give me a chance to cut and paste the poems from the submission form emails into the Recap published on Monday.

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The rules are simple

If it’s the first poetry challenge of the month, poets choose their own words. (Synonyms are not necessary). Otherwise, for the rest of the month, 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.

After you’ve published your poem on your own blog, copy and paste your poem into the form below. Then, click the SUBMIT button. (WordPress limits me on the title names, so use the Key below to know what to fill in the blanks) This form generates an email to me.

Don’t forget to click SUBMIT.

By participating in this challenge, you agree to allow me to publish your poem in a 2019 PDF collection of poetry if you are selected as the Poet of the Week. This collection will be available in January 2020 as a free download from my site.Submit

Please note: I will not retrieve your poetry from the pingbacks any longer – only from the submission form emails. If you want to be considered for the Poet of the Week or published on the Recap please use the Submission Form. <3

However, if you can’t get the submission form to work for you, email me at Please list your name, Title & Type of poem, the web address of your poem, and your poem. <3

Don't forget

As time allows, I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your POETRY. I have also been sharing some of your poetry on

Click here to follow me on MeWe.

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

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

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:

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Sign up for my weekly blog recap newsletter. As a special thanks after subscribing, you can grab your FREE copy of my Poetry Forms Cheatsheet, which is perfect for use on the weekly poetry challenge. Just fly over to my SIGN UP PAGE and enter your email. <3

Have fun and 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
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  2. Hi Colleen, the form didn’t work for me either. That’s bad, I’m sorry it has been a problem for such a long time.
    I emailed it to you.

  3. Hi Colleen, Sorry to hear all the problems you still have with WP. Here’s the link and I know others have problem with the form. I’ll try it and also email you.

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  6. FYI- the form worked for me…

  7. Here’s mine, I filled in the form but it went a bit too quickly, hope it worked okay! :

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  9. Hi Colleen, I just sent everything in an e-mail. When I tried the form, it said it had expired!
    Here’s my link again, too:

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  15. Well I see at least my pingback worked. My problem is it only shows the first line of the poem. That’s what it did yesterday too. I’ll email it. good luck! (K)

  16. I got the form to work, but I don’t think the line breaks were included. It’s almost there, though! 🙂

    • Great. The problem is that the form won’t work for most folks and I end up grabbing their poem from their site or an independent email anyway. Very frustrating.

      • 🙁 It really seems like WP is trying to suck money out of us to get functionalities, too. That’s the worst part.

        • I’m almost at the point of moving to the business plan. I pay for two blogs on the premium plan. There are tons of free plugins that give your blog more functionality but you must be on the premium plan to get them to work. I do believe that is where they are pushing us. They were no help at all when I contacted them. This editor is missing functionality. I’ve had trouble from the start while some of my other friends have no issues at all. My sister in law uses Wix for a business site. That has more functionality but is way harder to use. There is no happy medium anymore.

          • I’m fair at HTML and some of the hard coding stuff, but they don’t give you the freedom to do much. I guess I understand – capitalism, after all – but it still feel so frustrating. I’m on the free plan, and I really dislike how my site is littered with ads, but I don’t feel like I can do anything until I can start really treating writing like a sort of business. If it is your business, it may be a good idea to switch plans around.

        • I’m seriously thinking of upgrading to the business plan. There is a plugin contact form 7 that is highly rated: You also need Flamingo to go with it: Would you take a look at this and see if it is something that would help me with this challenge. If so, I will upgrade and just get it over with. LOL!

          • Since I can’t install them (on the free plan with no immediate plan to change that), I can’t try them out, unfortunately…

            My assessment is they’re at least *advertised* to do what you need. What I fear, though, is that people will have issues no matter what you do. I also don’t see reviews or info on whether it works well with mobile, and that could mess people up. Without trying it beforehand, I don’t know how much better this would make everything.

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  19. Form isn’t working for me ether. I’ll try again tomorrow, and if it’s still being cranky, I’ll email. (K)

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  21. Hi Colleen, O tried to submit but it wanted me to add a @ to the title and type of poem line! Still, I submitted! and here is the link too, just in case!


  23. I see the submit form, with my submission still sitting in it. I wonder if the submitt button is broken?


  25. The submit form isn’t here! BTW here is my link:

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  27. Sorry but I don’t see the submit form.

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