Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday on Friday #SynonymsOnly – Tick Tock November

Tanka Tuesday


Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge this week – Synonyms only for the words ‘Creepy’ and ‘Color’ and your choice of what form of poetry from the offered list below. Take note of the new Etheree style poem where each of 10 lines will grow in syllables starting with one syllable to ten for the final sentence.



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

HERE’S THE CATCH: You can’t use the prompt words! SYNONYMS ONLY! Except for the first challenge of the month ~ then, the poets get to choose their own words. ❤


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




Tick Tock November



Not just

A season

With vivid hues

And crispy cool air

Pumpkin spice and magick

A time for witches and spells

Trick or treat – Hello November

Done with eerie and unsavory

Tick tock – the matriarch will save the day


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. 

Etheree The Etheree poem consists of ten lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 syllables. Etheree can also be reversed and written 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. The trick is to create a memorable message within the required format. Poets can get creative and write an Etheree with more than one verse, but the idea is to follow suit with an inverted syllable count. Reversed Etheree Syllable Count: 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Double Etheree Syllable Count: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10, 9, 8, 7, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

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.


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Source: Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 105, “Color & Creepy,” #SynonymsOnly | Colleen Chesebro ~ The Fairy Whisperer

22 thoughts on “Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday on Friday #SynonymsOnly – Tick Tock November

  1. Debby, I love your Etheree of Tick Tock November – very apt as the month seem to race towards us! How many interesting poetry formats and thank you for sharing Colleen’s invaluable collation of them all! I’ll definitely give them some a try! Happy Writing! 😀


  2. Oh, nice political references, Sis. I love the idea of women saving the day. We have to vote like our life depends on it. I just read in the AARP magazine, that the GOP wants to do away with Social Security totally! Medicare is on the chopping block too! If I wasn’t scared before, I’m really worried now. Thanks for keeping up my optimism. I need it! ❤


    1. Hold on for another few weeks my friend. Your country will restored once the ‘babysitters’ get back their power, and that stupid nonsense of taking your social security away will be a distant nightmare. ❤ xxx


  3. I love the Etheree form, Debby. I also like how the wonderful spirit of Halloween comes through yours all the while reminding of that tick-tock clock. The seasons do seem to sprint! Great job, my friend! xx


    1. Oh thanks bunches Vashti. I’m really enjoying having fun with these poetry challenges. Learning from the poetry masters like you and Colleen and Sue Vincent. 🙂 ❤


  4. Love your poem Debby.. and I am always in ore of those who write this type of poetry… I guess I write on the spontaneous side with a rhyming word at the end.. To be honest I don’t really know what style my own poetry takes.. And to say I write a lot of poetry, its something I have never sought to find out.

    Great words again and love the Eerie type set..


    1. Thanks so much Sue. You are a beautiful poet. You’ve been writing beautiful poems for so long you probably have already created your own style. I’m still testing the waters, so I’m thrilled to receive your compliment. ❤ xoxo


  5. How clever of you, Debby! You are a talent!! Maybe I will try some of these after my break. I need some time off to relax and unwind and recharge myself. Aruba will do that for me. Ahh! Sigh! Thanks for sharing this lovely etheree.
    🤗 xx ❤️


  6. What a clever etheree, Debby. I wasn’t previously aware of the form. You have done well to follow it precisely as you wove a clever message into it. I like that you included fall’s beauty, the fun and eerieness of Halloween with the passage of time.


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