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Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 150 #SynonymsOnly


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

Here are your two words for this week:

Spell & Treat

These words are homonyms. BE CREATIVE with your word choice.

HERE’S THE CATCH: You can’t use the prompt words! SYNONYMS ONLY! 

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).  That should give everyone time to see the prompt from around the world. The RECAP is published on Monday and will contain the poetry from the Poet of the Month and any Honorable Mentions.

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

Follow the schedule listed below:

Please do a LINK-BACK to this challenge by copying the https:// address of this post into your own.


Don't forget

Remember, I will approve your comments as soon as I can get to them. As time allows, I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your POETRY. I have also been sharing some of your poetry 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

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 Halloween 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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  1. Hi Colleen–did you hear that? It’s me rushing in just before the deadline with a tanka.

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  3. I don’t see my ping back, so sharing here Colleen! An etheree: https://charmedchaos.com/2019/10/26/hallows-eve/

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  5. I Think I might be too late for this week. I just found this challenge and thought I’d give it a go… http://jellicoswritingnook.home.blog/2019/10/25/spook-night/

  6. Hi, Colleen! Happy Friday! Fun words this week. Here’s a Tanka for the challenge.
    Have a great weekend, Sis! <3 xo

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  10. Hey Colleen, I tried an Etheree. Hope you like it😊

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  14. I’m workin’ on it Sis <3

  15. Terrific Colleen.. will try to get one done before I leave tomorrow night. xx♥

  16. Fantastic Colleen… I am sure there will be wonderful entries as always.. hugsx♥

  17. I am enjoying all the Halloween entries this week, Colleen. Here is mine: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/2019/10/22/poetrychallenge-magic-trick/

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  21. Another great Tuesday Tanka Challenge for Halloween 💜💜 Thank you Colleen 🦇🦇

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