#Tanka Tuesday Challenge from Colleen Chesebro

Tanka Tuesday Challenge

Tanka Tuesday Challenge


For this week’s Tanka Tuesday Challenge at Colleen Chesebro’s blog we are to write a poem in any one of the suggested forms we choose and to use only synonyms for the these two words included in the poem: Congregate and Passion.



Tanka Challenge





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

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


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:

HAIKU IN ENGLISH 5/7/5 syllable structure. A Haiku is written about seasonal changes, nature, and change in general.

TANKA IN ENGLISH 5/7/5/7/7 syllable structure. Your Tanka will consist of five lines written in the first-person point of view. This is important because the poem should be written from the perspective of the poet.

HAIBUN IN ENGLISH Every Haibun must begin with a title. Haibun prose is composed of short, descriptive paragraphs, written in the first-person singular.

The text unfolds in the present moment, as though the experience is occurring now rather than yesterday or some time ago. In keeping with the simplicity of the accompanying haiku or tanka poem, all unnecessary words should be pared down or removed. Nothing must ever be overstated.

The poetry never tries to repeat, quote, or explain the prose. Instead, the poetry reflects some aspect of the prose by introducing a different step in the narrative through a microburst of detail. Thus, the poetry is a sort of juxtaposition – different yet somehow connected.

Cinquain ALSO: Check out the Cinquain variations listed here: Cinquain-Wikipedia These are acceptable methods to use. Please list the form you use so we can learn from you. 

Senryu in English 5/7/5 syllable structure. A Senryu is written about love, a personal event, and have IRONY present. Click the link to learn the meaning of irony.

Continue over to Colleen’s blog for the rules to participate.








15 thoughts on “#Tanka Tuesday Challenge from Colleen Chesebro

  1. Hi, Debby! I love your Tanka! Well done and great sentiment. I think you’re a closet poet. You’ve been writing these for years behind closed doors. 😉 Ha, ha! Nah, I know you’re a natural, my friend. Peace and harmony is definitely what we need. ❤ xx


    1. Wow, thanks Vashti. I may very well me a closet poet, and as my dear father used to say – “I’m a poet and I didn’t know it.” LOL Thanks for your lovely praise. Coming from you the Haiku queen, I am humbled. ❤ xoxo


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