Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 151 #SynonymsOnly


Crow wanted to stop by and say Happy Halloween!

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

Here are your two words for this week:

Dig & Grave

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



Write a Halloween themed poem (no synonyms required)

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 don't get it


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. Check to make sure that your link appears on the challenge post. If not, copy your https:// address and add it as a comment. Thank you.


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.

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 poetry!

Looking for the Press This Button? Click the button below the like button. Just input the https://address of your site and you can share the link to this post on your blog. You will have to grab some data from this post to go with it, but I thank you for taking the time and sharing.

Have a safe and fun Halloween!

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. I’m so excited to be back and able to read some of the contributions! Love the Tanka Tuesdays.

  3. Hi colleen, I enjoyed coming up with this cinquain

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  6. I was distracted by the Claymation, I’m afraid . . .

  7. Love “The face” Ha ha. These should be good. 🙂

  8. I am really loving writing Halloween and spooky poems and stories <3

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  10. Sounds like fun Sis. I’ll try my best. Lol, thought it was November already and free write, I guess I have my poem ready for next LOL <3

  11. Hi Colleen. I used the words, or synonyms of those words, to write a tanka or four – actually a short story made from four connected tanka:

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  13. Wow–I’m first up?! That’s different. 🙂
    Here’s a Halloween etheree using the synonyms.

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  16. Fantastic Colleen and I am sure there will be some wonderful entries.. I am stil not around much but will catch up again next week… ♥♥

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