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


Only two more weeks until Halloween!

Did you know that poetry books are all the rage right now? Have you ever heard of a poetry chapbook?

The Alliance of Independent Authors shares a fascinating article about self-publishing something called a chapbook (a U.K. term), which is a pamphlet here in the U. S. These chapbooks are only about 20 pages long. A full poetry collection is about 50 pages plus in length. Think of all the fun poetry you could write and publish.

Check out the TOP 100 FREE Poetry Anthologies on Amazon HERE

I also like the idea of short stories or flash fiction intermingled with poetry. Some of you who draw and create your own art could also incorporate your poetry with your own images. Do you realize there are 52 weeks in a year? If you took each of your weekly challenge poems and incorporated them into a book, you could publish a book each year! What other ideas do you have?

The article is worth a read if you are interested in publishing your poetry in a book form. Here is the link: https://selfpublishingadvice.org/poetry-chapbooks/

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

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

The image is from Pixabay, by Michael Seibt

Use the above photo as the inspiration for your poem. Ask yourself questions about what is portrayed in the image. What do you see? Be creative!

A couple months ago, 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 my Facebook Author Page.

Click here to follow me on Facebook.

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 #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 colleenchesebro.com.
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  2. I didn’t think I’d get to it, and I thought there was probably a whole story to go with this image.. .but I went in another direction with a shadorma set. 🙂

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  4. Hey colleen. Been trying to submit this all day but it doesn’t appear in your comments https://wp.me/pb1eoq-6a please help

  5. Hi colleen, my comment doesn’t seem to show up https://wp.me/pb1eoq-6a

  6. A lovely image, Colleen. I can’t find where I am suppose to add mine so here is the link: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/2019/10/19/poetry-readathon-2019-and-a-new-poem/. I hope you will participate in my poetry readathon again this year, Colleen.

    • I’ll try. I’m dealing with health issues right now and can barely keep up. I’ll see what I can do. Thanks for thinking of me. ❤️

    • We’re back to adding links and doing linkbacks. I approve all of my messages and with the time diffence (8 hours to Europe) eveyone thinks I’m ignoring them. Also, if someone has never linked to my blog before, WP doesn’t recognize them. It’s great fun, Robbie. 😀 LOL! <3

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  10. Hi, Sis! I hope you’re having a happy Friday so far. Thanks for the photo prompt challenge. Here’s my poem: https://vashtiqvega.wordpress.com/2019/10/18/poetry-friday-photo-prompt-3/ <3 xo

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  12. A butterfly cinquain for this week Colleen! Nice photo prompt. https://charmedchaos.com/2019/10/18/the-flutist/

  13. Fantastic photo prompt, Colleen. I look forward to reading the poems. Hugs, my friend.

  14. https://wp.me/p4ayEo-3EF My short link in case the ping back doesn’t work

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  16. Hi Colleen,
    What an image!!! Didn’t know where to go with this, but I landed where I landed, lol! Here’s my link



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  18. Hi Colleen, my pingbacks and comments aren’t showing up. So here we try again. Ha ha. Thanks for much for the opportunity to pick the prompt and share a poem. Reading the responses has been a blast too. https://mythsofthemirror.com/2019/10/17/perception-tanka-tuesday/

  19. Ooh. I have a little post on chapbooks. They’re right up my writing alley, depending on how you define them. Thanks for sharing this! Will share your challenge (and hopefully write something–great photo!)

  20. I like your encouraging poets to think about publishing chapbooks or books of their poetry.

  21. I thought I left a comment here, Colleen, but I don’t see it. If it shows up in spam, just delete it. I’d forgotten about the prompt and was so excited to see it! Now I must write something for it. And I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with! Thanks.

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  24. Oooh. I was so happy to see this pop up. I’d forgotten all about it! Now I have to join in on top of reading them all. 🙂

  25. Hi Colleen. It’s been a super busy day so I finally got two minutes to throw together a tanka (nothing like a sales job, right? 😉 ) https://trentsworldblog.wordpress.com/2019/10/15/charmed-tanka/

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  28. Great image! I love the reversed reflection.

  29. Wow–that is a wild image! 🙂

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  31. Fantastic photo prompt Colleen… will get on it..♥

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