Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 158 #PhotoPrompt


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

It’s the middle of the month challenge ~ time for a photo prompt!

This month we will use a photo chosen by last month’s “Photo-Prompt” Poet of the Week ~ Merril D. Smith.

Image Credit: Commons: Wikipedia.ogr

Use the above photo as the inspiration for your poem. Ask yourself questions. Be creative! Don’t just describe what you see… What emotions does this photo stir in you?

You can use Pixabay or any other creative commons photos – just give attribution to the photographer. If you would like to use your own photos, just let me know that bit of information. Please email the photo NLT 3 days before the next month’s photo challenge.

After you’ve posted your poem on your blog, please copy your poem in the comments section of the challenge post. This way, we can find all the poetry in one place.

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 




Here are some great sites that will help you write your poetry and count syllables. 

This site even has a link so you can install the extension on Google Chrome.

For Synonyms and Antonyms. When your word has too many syllables, find one that works.

Find out how many syllables each word has. I use this site to compose my poems. Click on the “Workshop” tab, then cut and paste your poetry into the box. Click the Count Syllables button on the button. This site does the hard work for you.

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I will publish the Tuesday prompt post at 12: 03 A.M. Mountain Standard Time (Phoenix, AZ Time).  That should give everyone time to see the prompt from around the world. I publish the RECAP on Monday. It will contain the Poet of the Week and any Honorable Mention poetry.

You have one week to complete the Challenge with a deadline of Sunday, at 12:00 P.M. (Noon) Mountain Standard time – Phoenix, AZ, U. S. A.

This is the last poetry challenge for 2019. Thanks for making this challenge so much fun. You are the best!

I want everyone to spend time with friends and family over the holidays. I’ll post a recap next week on Monday, December 23rd. Before the new year, I’ll share the new schedule for next year also.

Since most of you were more interested in me commenting on the poetry on your blog, I will not do a recap in 2020. Remember, I like the fluidity of this challenge. If something isn’t working we can change it. The challenge email is

Don’t forget – H. R. R. Gorman has been compiling the Poets of the Week and honorable mention poetry into a PDF which should be ready for distribution by the middle of January 2020. Everyone will want to grab their FREE copy! Make sure and thank him for all his hard work!

We’ll resume the new challenge on January 7, 2020.

As time allows, I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your POETRY. I have also been sharing some of your poetry on my Facebook page.

Click HERE to find Colleen M. Chesebro’s Facebook page. Please share the challenge poetry on your social media. Thanks.

If you add these hashtags to your post TITLE on your blog (depending on which poetry form you use) your poetry may be viewed more often:

#Haiku, #Senryu, #Haiga, #Tanka, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines, #Haibun, #Prose, #CinquainPoetry, #Etheree, #Nonet, #Shadorma #PhotoPromptPoetry

You may copy the badge I have created to go with the Weekly Poetry Challenge Post and place it in your post. It’s not mandatory:

Have fun and write some poetry!

71 thoughts on “Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 158 #PhotoPrompt”

  1. I did an etheree this week but boy did I have problems with the Guterburg Editor!!!! Arrrrrrrrrgh!
    My Etheree
    Soul held
    In your care
    Shielded with love
    From the fires of hell
    You keep me safe from sin
    My beloved guardian
    However intense the danger
    Your wings keep me safe from the world’s harm
    You care for me and I bathe in your calm.


  2. Morning Colleen.. thank you Merrill for the lovely photo prompt..
    I have a butterfly cinquain…

    Symbol of our Love by Sally Cronin

    Blood red
    the blossom sits
    on the melting platter,
    waiting to be bathed in blue heat
    and wax.
    The symbol of our love and joy
    will be immortalised,
    flowering for
    all time.

    ©Sally Cronin 2019


  3. This was very interesting! Because I knew what was going on in the photo (it’s not photoshopped! It’s an aerogel!), I decided to look deeper into my self and look for feelings. An impressive photo for a poetry challenge.


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