Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 104, Happy October – “Poets Choice of Words” | Colleen Chesebro ~ The Fairy Whisperer

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Colleen Chesebro’s weekly poetry challenge for first of the month allows us to choose our own two words to include synonyms for in any one form of poetry styles. I have chosen the words Hidden and Scared to include synonyms for in my tanka. I wrote this tanka so I could include it in my #AuthorsAgainstDomesticViolence Facebook group event happening today. Colleen and I will be hosting the event from 730 to 800pm EST. Every half hour different authors will host. The room will be accessible to you by joining the event. Here is the link. You can visit any time and read and chat on all postings even after the event by visiting the group page. We hope to see you there!




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

HERE’S THE CATCH: It’s the first of the month and poets get to choose their own words!

No longer silent


No longer silent

Secluded by fear

#Time’s up has lifted the veil

No longer silent

United our voices speak

Women reclaim their power


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. 104, Happy October – “Poets Choice of Words” | Colleen Chesebro ~ The Fairy Whisperer

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  1. Well said, Debby.

    1. Thanks bunches Sue <3 xx

  2. Great job Debby… there is no excuse for domestic violence..we should have evolved past that by now. ♥

    1. Thanks so much Sal. It’s taking centuries it seems but I think we’ve reached the light! <3 xx

  3. Excellent poetry, Sis. Thanks so much for saying what many women can’t. <3

    1. I’m primed my friend! <3

  4. Few words but they speak volumes Debby. Well done. 🙂

    1. thanks Marje <3

  5. Thanks for the empowering poem, Debby. I’m heartsick and can only hope that women are mobilized and empowered. I missed this post and glad I stumbled across it. 🙂 Have a great week.

    1. Thanks so much Diana, for finding and commenting. So many of us are heartsick. The time has come. We are women, hear us roar! <3

  6. Great poem, Debby, and thanks for letting me know about the #AuthorsAgainstDomesticViolence group. I wasn’t aware of it. I’ll pop over now. I know a picture book author who might be interested. Best wishes.

    1. Thanks so much Norah <3

  7. Great poem, Debby!

    1. Thank you Liesbet 🙂

  8. Powerful piece, Debby. Thanks for sharing. XO

    1. And thank you Natalie. <3

      1. So glad you found something here Natalie <3

  9. I love your Tanka, Debby! The “Time’s Up” movement is a very important one that benefits us all. Thank you for creating awareness. You are a talented author/poet, a wonderful person and a humanitarian. I appreciate you!
    <3 xx

    1. I am truly humbled Vashti. Thank you so much. <3 xx

  10. A very powerful poem, Debby. Thanks so much.

    1. Thank you so much Olga. 🙂 xx

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