This Week’s Halloween Poetry Challenge from Colleen Chesebro – Synonyms Only

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Halloween Poetry Challenge


This week’s Halloween Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge from Colleen Chesebro asks us to use synonyms only for the words ‘Grave‘ and ‘Afraid’






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


Tanka Poetry Challenge


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

Have fun and write some Halloween poetry!


Here is my Halloween Double Etheree:






That time

Of year when

Spirits unleashed

Rising from their crypts

Making their presence felt

Witches celebrate Samhain

As the veil thins – some find this day

Ominous while ignoring the spirits

Of the dead – decked out in ghoulish attire

More focused on the trick and the treat

Petrified by looming spirits

But eager to fill their bags

Children in for the hunt

Costumes made to scare

Witches unite





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.


Please visit Colleen’s post for more details on how to enter weekly and how to submit.


Happy Halloween!


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  1. Wonderfully inspired double Etheree!

    1. Thanks bunches Anite! <3

  2. I think this might be a little beyond me!

    1. It can be tricky Stevie. But hey, it’s Halloween – Trick or Treat! Lol 🙂

  3. Brilliant Debby… absolute stunner…♥♥

    1. Wow! Thanks so much Sal. You’re a great cheerleader! <3 xxx

  4. Thanks for putting me in the mood, Deb. With the kids gone and now teaching online, I am usually happy to forget about this holiday!

    1. Lol, I hear you on that. 🙂

  5. Wonderful, Debby. The Etheree form looks so challenging to me and you pulled it off. Happy Halloween!

    1. It is in a way. I started out with a single but found I needed to complete the story so I worked my way into the double, lol. I have no doubts you’ll be jumping on one soon! 🙂 x

    1. Thanks for sharing on our Sister blog Sis <3 xxx

  6. Excellent poem, Sis and you nailed the “reason behind the season!” We’ll celebrate the ancestors today and thank them for all the wisdom they share. <3

    1. Oh, thanks bunches Sis! I tried to include a bit of everything, when I found I couldn’t complete the story in a single etheree it magically transformed into a double! Lol. 🙂 <3 xxx

  7. You wrote an amazing Etheree, full of trick and treat fun. I so love this poetry form.

    1. Thanks so much Helene. Happy Samhain! 🙂

  8. Loved this, Debby. That font gives it the spooktacular toiuch!

    1. Hi Jacquie! Thanks bunches. I know right? I love this font too. 🙂

  9. Cute poem, Debby, well done! Happy Halloween to you!

    1. Thanks Ter! Happy Halloween! 🙂

  10. Great Halloween-themed poem, Debby. I hope you had a suitably exciting/scary evening. 😉

    1. Thanks Olga. It was suitably quiet – the way I like it, lol. 🙂 x

  11. This poem is absolutely brilliant. Debbie, your expertise astounds me! Wow!

    1. Wow! Thanks bunches Jan. I believe I’m still a novice at it, but encouragement is always welcome. <3

  12. I love your double Etheree, Debby! It’s so good and that picture at the end is to die for! Ha, ha! <3 xo

    1. Lol. Thanks bunches Vashti. Huge compliment from the mistress of Haiku! 🙂 <3

      1. Ha, ha! Thank you. 🙂 xo

  13. Wonderful poem Debby, many forget the reason of this time of year I decided this year not to post, instead had fun with our granddaughter as she came to stay over and had lots of fun..
    Have a wonderful Sunday and peaceful new week Debby..
    Mega hugs your way my friend..

    1. Thanks Sue, And so glad you got to spend time with your granddaughter. Children adore Halloween and who better to spend it with than you! <3 xx

  14. A wonderful Halloween poem, Debby!

    1. Thanks so much Merril 🙂 x

  15. Great, Debby! I hope you had a wonderful, and not too scary nor too eerie Halloween.

    1. Thank you Norah. It was peacefully quiet. 🙂 x

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