Welcome to my contribution to my weekly #Poetry Challenge, where you can write your own Haiku, Tanka, or Haibun using the prompt words of earth and water. Today is #WorldPoetryDay!
This week, I decided to try my hand at a Haibun. This is my first attempt, and I think I am hooked. I chose alternating prose and verse as my style (prose, Haiku, prose, Haiku). I kept the word “earth,” and used “tears,” for water.
Both words have many connotations. Depending on how you use your synonyms you can alter the meaning of your prose & poetry in many ways. Don’t be afraid to experiment with synonyms. Sometimes subtle meanings pack the most punch in your poetry. Play with the words for different reactions.
The best poetry has layers of meaning.
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Awakening Dawn – A Haibun
I trudge through brown stalks of prairie grasses sprouting from the dry earth as swirling dust devils dance around me. The land is parched, and a dirty grime hangs in the air. I taste a fine grit on my tongue and smell the acrid scent of smoke from a fire whose embers still glow like citron on the horizon. Loss overwhelms me and tears slip from my eyes.
death sticks to this place
barren and without appeal
just the strong survive
Sadly, I turn toward a copse of brilliantly colored trees, a temporary detour from my usual path. From within the whirling yellow leaves of a Quaking Aspen, a Lark Bunting soars into the gray dawn singing the song of the meadow fairy.
while my awareness expands
© 2017 Colleen M. Chesebro
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Colleen M. Chesebro is a writer of cross-genre fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Her debut novel, a YA fantasy series called, “The Heart Stone Chronicles - The Swamp Fairy,” was published January 2017.
The book reveals the story of Abby Forrester, a 14-year-old orphaned girl who is entrusted with saving a community of fairy nymphs from certain ecological destruction. Along the way, Abby learns about friendship, love, and what it means to actually belong to a family.
Colleen’s writing explores ecological situations in the multicultural world of today. She combines real-life historical events into her writing to create experiences that will continue in the hearts and heads of her readers.
A veteran of the United States Air Force, Colleen is also a retired bookkeeper. She has an Associates Degree in Business Administration, and another Associates Degree in the Arts, which she uses to combine her love of writing with her passion for all things creative.
When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband, dogs, children, and grandchildren. When time permits, she also loves gardening, cooking, and crocheting old fashioned doilies into works of artistry.
She lives in the United States with her husband and her two Pomeranians, Sugar, and Spice. You can learn more about Colleen and her writing on her website colleenchesebro.com.