“Finding the Heart Stone,” 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 “stone and turn.” The words were perfect for me this week.

Journey with me into the magic of the horizontal realm from The Heart Stone Chronicles – The Meadow Fairy, to be published in the spring of 2018.


I stood at the muddy edge of the barren field gazing at the leafless tree located near its center. Before me stood a massive cottonwood tree bursting with hefty trunks growing in different directions battered by the howling prairie winds. At the top, the branches grew into a tangle as if the wind had forced the limbs to grow into a muddled canopy sheltering that which remained buried below.

I stepped forward, and my feet seemed to move of their own accord. I plowed my way through the half frozen puddles that remained from the last snow, dirty slush squishing beneath my boots. Somehow I knew it was imperative that I reach the tree.

A desire so great
seethed deep within me – coaxing,
a provocation.
Always there calling my name
whispering songs from the nymphs.

As I grew closer, I noticed an icy crust of snow which swirled around the base of the enormous tree trunks like a woolen scarf wrapped around a chilly neck. Half buried, and partly exposed, I discovered the heart-shaped green calcite fairy stone. The snow had melted exposing the rough hewn upper portion, and rivulets of water formed a streamlet around the base of the rock like a moat rimming a castle fortress.

My own calcite pendant inherited from the calcite stone of my ancestor’s pulses and reflects the colors of the rainbow in the pools of melted snow around me. The heart responds to the heart, and the fairy Rath lifts.

I turn when I feel my eyes drawn to the tangled branches above. My hand covers my mouth in surprise as I watch the golden bee hive appear. It hangs, suspended in a timeless and hazy dimension filled with the ancient gifts from the gods. Gilded honey drips and the bees fall to the ground.

My quest has begun –
the sacred heart stone revealed,
the answers I seek.
Yet questions turn in my head.
What is slaughtering the bees?

© 2017 Colleen M. Chesebro

This tiny heart stone is what prompted the name of my YA paranormal/fantasy, The Heart Stone Chronicles. Book One, The Swamp Fairy is available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited.

Thanks for stopping by. ❤


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