Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Tanka #Poetry Challenge – Choose Your Own Words

Tanka Tuesday Challenge


For this week’s Tanka Poetry Challenge at Colleen’s blog, she is celebrating her 100th Poetry Challenge. Instead of Colleen giving us two words to include only synonyms for she is allowing us to choose our own two words. My chosen two words for today’s tanka are:  Smiles and Tears.


If you’d like to join Colleen’s weekly challenge, please read the rules below my tanka.


Raindrops fall like tears


Life is like a cup of tea


Poetry Rules:


As a special treat, I thought it would be fun for everyone to pick their own words this week. 

PLEASE NOTE: This challenge is for Tanka, Haiku, Senryu, Haibun, and Cinquain poetry forms. Freestyle rhyming poetry is not part of this challenge. Thank you. ❤


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.


For more instruction on writing styles, visit Colleen’s post HERE.

15 thoughts on “Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Tanka #Poetry Challenge – Choose Your Own Words

  1. Congrats to Colleen.. Hope now she is getting her blog sorted out..
    Sending LOVE.. And hope you are getting my comments Debby I don’t get any replies back in my notifications .. WP is having fun again..


    1. Thank you my lovely friend from both me and Colleen. And I’m sorry your notifications still aren’t working. I am receiving your comments, gratefully! ❤ ❤ xx


      1. Bummer…. no still not receiving, using Firefox to see if this will work.. I dislike not seeing replies when you have gone to the trouble of replying to them.. But we keep on keeping on..
        Have a great rest of your Monday Evening.. Late here so off to climb the wooden hill.. 🙂 LOVE and Hugs and thank you again so much for sharing.. I have seen two notifications on G+ but know they are yours but haven’t opened them as yet.. So thank you again dear friend.. Mega Hugs x


      2. Thanks so much Sue for trekking back here. That is so annoying that WP won’t show you notifications. Have you considered emailing the ‘happiness engineers’? Or as I prefer to call them – the unhappiness engineers, lol. I hope that stuff straightens itself out. I remember you had issues last year too. ❤ Hugs back xxxx


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s