Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge #PhotoPrompt – Word Craft ~ Prose and Poetry

This week’s Poetry Challenge at Colleen Chesebro’s Word Craft Challenge  is a #Photoprompt. I’ve written a double Tanka written in syllabic form of 5, 7, 5, 7, 7 for my interpretation of this image. I found my interpretation very different than what others saw. Do you see it?



Image Credit: Balaji Malliswamy


Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 178 #PhotoPrompt


It’s the third week of the month! Time for a #PhotoPrompt

Vashti Q. Vega, from last month’s challenge, has provided the photo for this month’s challenge:

Remember, a photo can be a metaphor for your poetry. Think about the mood, the theme, and the color. Think outside of the box. We know there’s a crocodile, but what else is going on here? What do you smell? What do you hear? There’s more here than meets your eye. Surprise me!

On the Monday before the next challenge, I will select a poem from this week’s challenge and share it on my blog. Whoever I pick will choose the photo for next month’s challenge! Email your selection to me at a week before. Thank you!

For Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, you can write your poem in the forms defined on the Poetry Challenge Cheatsheet (click the link below):

For the rules and optional poetry writing style forms and info, visit Colleen’s post


Source: Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 178 #PhotoPrompt – Word Craft ~ Prose and Poetry

The Watcher


Watching in silence

Beneath nature’s greenery,

Camouflaged seer.

The eye focused on humans

Suspended and awaiting.

Positive action

Required to mend the world.

Last chance for healing.

Backwards – a dangerous path.

It’s our move – tread with caution.




Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 161 #PhotoPrompt – Word Craft ~ Prose and Poetry

Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Poetry Challenge. Third week of the month is a photo prompt with our choice of poetry style. I’ve chosen to write a #Tanka – syllabic poetry – 5/7/5/7/7



It’s the third week of the month! Time for a #PhotoPrompt


What does this photo say to you? How does it make you feel… concentrate on emotions, or tell a syllabic poetry story.


This month’s photo prompt has been provided by Willow Willers.





All has been revealed.

Unfolded hands exposing

Finger tips unfurled,

Documented prediction

Etched in permanent blueprint.



Source: Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 161 #PhotoPrompt – Word Craft ~ Prose and Poetry

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge -Synonyms Only

Colleen's Weekly Poetry Tanka Challenge


This week’s Poetry Challenge at Colleen Chesebro’s blog, Colleen has given us the words ‘cold’ and ‘safe’ to create synonyms for to include in our style choice of poetry.


Tanka BeachBeckons




The Beckoning Beach




Time to leave

Grey skies and frost

For warmer climate

Where the sunshine beckons

And the sounds of crashing waves

Lashing out on sandy beaches

Shielded by palm trees shading the sun

Just about time to pack for Mexico



If you’d like to join in the fun, here are the rules:



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:

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. ❤

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.


Here are the TWO prompt words for this week’s challenge: “Cold & Safe,” #SynonymsOnly

Have fun and write some poetry!


Come join in the fun HERE


Source: Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 112, “Cold & Safe,” #SynonymsOnly – Colleen Chesebro ~ The Faery Whisperer