Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge – Synonyms Only

This week’s #Poetry challenge at Colleen Chesebro’s blog – Synonyms only for the words ‘Plan‘ and ‘Spend‘. I’ve written a Haibun and Tanka.




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



Here are your two words for this week:

Plan & Spend


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. ❤


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





Barbed wire
Image by Andreas Samuelsson from Pixabay


The Border


My heart aches for the pain and suffering, and loss of life. What remains etched in my mind are the senseless deaths of many fleeing the only homes they’ve ever known, in hopes of asylum – only to find there isn’t any.


Beware the border

A failing system of hope

Yearning for freedom

Human life squandered in search

Where hopes and dreams go to die.


Visit Colleen’s post to learn how to join in!



21 thoughts on “Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge – Synonyms Only

  1. You turned your frustrated thoughts about the atrocities at the border into poetry! Well done. This is a difficult subject in America and everyone usually has an opinion. I’m surprised that you only have a few comments. As the 2020 election heats up I’m sure passions will be stirred. I only hope that the tide turns in our favor. I’m ashamed at the stupidity that is happening in our government right now. ❤


  2. A poignant and very apt poem Debby especially to what was reported in mainstream media recently about that poor father and baby daughter trying to flee crossing the boarder over water to find a new life.. and drown.

    A very heart felt poem Debby. ❤


  3. A heart-wrenching Haibun/Tanka, Debby. As sad as it is, it serves as a reminder because atrocities that are forgotten tend to be repeated. The imagery and message in your poem are powerful.


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