“The Celebration” – A Haibun

Welcome to my contribution to my weekly #Poetry Challenge, where you can write your own Haiku, Tanka, or Haibun using the prompt words of wish & magic. Remember, synonyms are encouraged.

This week, I decided to write a Haibun with a Tanka, called “The Celebration.”

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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“The Celebration”

As the sun kisses my face, I reach my arms toward the brightness of the pale blue sky. The festival is nigh. Today is Earth Day, and I feel mother Gaia firm and fertile under the crusty snow beneath my feet. There is a coolness to the springtime breeze that drifts around me like a mist filled with ancient memories. The scent of marsh grasses fills my soul with a yearning that cannot be quenched. I feel the old magic here. I pause and wait. My only wish is to feel its warm embrace.

Meadow fairies call
from their dark caves down under
while magic roots stir
new growth surrenders
lamenting the cold spring snow

A flock of Lark Buntings takes wing filling the sky with their dark shadows. Startled, I turn and stare at the thick brown cattails as they rattle and shake from the bird’s departure in the shallow arroyo. My enchantment is complete while the sound of their avian voices echoes in my heart. Yes, the old magic is here and another season is mine to keep.

© 2017 Colleen M. Chesebro

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About Colleen Chesebro

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.

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