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Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 155 #SynonymsOnly or #Theme-Thanksgiving


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

This week you have a choice. You can write about the #Theme of Thanksgiving (thankful, grateful, family, etc. whatever that word means to you)


here are your two words for this week:

“End & Hurry”

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.

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:

Let’s try something different. It would be great to see everyone’s poetry on one post. I’m trying to find a plugin that will help us with this issue. Stay tuned.

In the meantime…

Instead of a link-back, copy and paste your poem in the comments. This will work except for Haiga poetry. In that case, copy the link of your poem in the comments and let us know that it’s a Haiga.


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! Don’t forget to copy and paste your poem in the comments!


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. I’ll probably be writing more about Thanksgiving tomorrow, so I wrote an etheree with the word synonyms.

    the edge–
    fall to winter
    burnished gold now
    fading, almost gone.
    Cold north winds sigh and moan,
    Blowing time forward. Squirrels dart,
    scamper over oak’s bare branches
    gathering acorns for tomorrow
    and tomorrow—till spring bursts into bloom.


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  3. Colleen, Please remove this for me. I changed it. Thanks.


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  5. https://tracikenworth.com/2019/11/29/gathering-traci-kenworth/ My Entry:
    Traci Kenworth

    Family blessings
    Hands joined; prayers recited
    Thanksgiving Table

  6. The best finishes

    Require acceleration
    To beat idling trains

PS this is just a poem, not a smart action 

    See link to view accompanying photo

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  9. Gallant blush of dawn

    Imprisoned by winter’s bars

    Promise of rebirth

    Time’s fleeting finality

    Made a mockery by gold

    (Golden – Haibun) https://scvincent.com/2019/11/28/golden-5/

  10. Here’s my link: https://dorindaduclos.com/2019/11/27/thankful-tidings-doubleetheree-poetry-challenge/ – and here’s my poem:

    Thankful Tidings (Double Etheree)

    Flurries down
    Rushing to meet
    A man made of white.
    Top hat upon his head
    Eyes of coal, a carrot nose,
    Mittened hands, endless snowball fights
    Days of youth, returning within us.
    The bustle of the holiday season.
    The coming together of family,
    Dearest to our hearts, celebrating
    A thankfulness, many blessings
    Each one, a mere fragment, of
    Years gone by, call to mind
    All who have gathered
    Bringing with them
    Tidings of
    Great joy,

  11. Hello Colleen- Happy Thanksgiving! I have been down with a toothache but since my root canal yesterday, feeling a lot better. Here is my butterfly cinquain on Grateful:


    for simple times
    strolling in autumn rain
    storm laden charcoal clouds, fleeting
    peeking through foggy atmosphere
    God’s eyes shimmering in
    sacred light of
    grey dawn

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  13. Nearly didn’t make it, cos I mislaid Anita’s etheree for a while!

  14. A new take on an old theme this week,
    Hare, knew the result

    was a foregone conclusion

    no point in rushing,

    the triumph of the tortoise

    became the stuff of legend.

  15. Lovely choice Colleen and I have gone for the Thanksgiving theme.

    Etheree – Thanksgiving by Sally Cronin

    week has
    me thinking
    about the things
    I am grateful for.
    I have many blessings
    on the material side,
    but they fade away to nothing,
    compared to the greatest gifts of all,
    our health, and love of people around us.

  16. Bird is the Word – Annette Rochelle Aben Thanksgiving Etheree

    To be
    A turkey
    Thanksgiving day
    Dinner focal point
    Your fragrance fills the air
    They’re fighting for your hot legs
    And wishing on your very bones
    They break out the very best china
    For your glorious final resting place
    ©2019 Annette Rochelle Aben

  17. Fantastic Sis. I’ll do my best to hop in! <3

  18. What a fun prompt Colleen, thank you. I have done an Acrostic poem about the history of Thanksgiving.
    Hopefully they travelled
    Across the Atlantic Ocean
    Praying for safe delivery
    Pleased at first sight of land
    Yearning for all they had left behind
    Thankful to be safely delivered
    Hopeful of a brave new world
    Aching in soul and body
    No one shirked their duties
    Kindred spirits they worked together
    Spring, Summer and Autumn brought their hardships
    Giving thanks to their God
    Indians watched them from afar
    Vainly struggling in a hostile world
    In fear they struggled but
    Never giving up they reached harvest
    God saw them through and they gave thanks.
    Well Acrostic poem is not within our remit so I also did a Tanka.
    Thanksgiving Tanka

    It comes to a close
    The year gently closing down
    Only to speed up
    Thanksgiving with family
    It all ends so happily.

    Have fun everyone.
    Here is my actual post.


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  21. Blessing

    We gather together. We close our eyes, unlearning the darkness.

    We are listening to what happens. When we don’t interfere, when we let go, unbe, untry. When we release our expectations.

    We hold everything as if it weighed nothing, as if it could fit into anything at all.
    What we are. Not what we think. Not what we fear.

    The stillness of grace,
    carried by stars on the wings
    of birds. We listen.


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    To a close
    Autumn rushes
    Towards turkey feasts
    Thanksgiving and Advent
    And then merry Christmastide
    Full of joy, indulgence and gifts
    Our bank accounts strain from the effort
    I prefer a sweet mistletoe kiss

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