Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 145 #PhotoPrompt


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

It’s the middle of the month challenge ~ time for a photo prompt!

This month we will use a photo chosen by last month’s “Photo-Prompt” Poet of the Week ~ Jane Dougherty.

Image by Susan Cipriano from Pixabay

Use the above photo as the inspiration for your poem. Ask yourself questions. Be creative! What does this photo say to you?

Jane Dougherty and I came up with a fun idea. Whoever is chosen as the Photo-Prompt Poet of the Week will choose the photo for the next month’s photo-prompt challenge.

You can use Pixabay or any other creative commons photos – just give attribution to the photographer. If you would like to use your own photos, just let me know that. Please email the photo NLT 3 days before the next month’s photo challenge.

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.

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I will publish the Tuesday prompt post at 12: 03 A.M. Mountain Standard Time (Phoenix, AZ Time).  That should give everyone time to see the prompt from around the world. I publish the RECAP on Monday. It will contain the Poet of the Week and any Honorable Mention poetry.

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

The rules are simple…

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 Facebook.

Please follow my Facebook page: Colleen M. Chesebro

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

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

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:

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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  1. Now I have to start thinking!

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  3. Reblogged this on Frank J. Tassone and commented:
    #Haiku Happenings #3: Colleen’s Weekly #tanka #poetry challenge!

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  5. This photo is breathtaking! Love the idea for the prompts!

  6. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine and commented:
    Here is the photo prompt for this week’s Tuesday Tanka Challenge from Colleen Chesebro.. the photo has been selected by last month’s winner of the prompt.. Jane Dougherty.. fabulous challenge.

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  8. Thanks to you Colleen and to Jane for the inspiration. Here is my tanka:

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  12. Great image and a fun idea for choosing the next one, Colleen. Now that I’m back I have to get writing some poetry. 🙂

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  15. Hello Everyone,
    Here is my entry for this week. I have to admit I was stuck. Till I googled the photo and got some ideas.. didn’t even know that was something one could do…thanks to my daughter:) A good week to all.

    Pat R

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  32. This is a great idea! And of course Jane picked a good photo.

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  36. Hi, Colleen! I love the picture! Great prompt. Here’s my contribution this week: Happy Friday and a great weekend!
    <3 xo

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  41. Hi Colleen! I didn’t think I was going to get one in this week–but I did. 🙂 A shadorma:

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