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“The Collective,” A Tanka

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This week, I’ve used the word, “ethos,” as my synonym for character and “altruism” for the word, affection. The words led me back to the fairy nymph collective portrayed in my debut novel, The Heart Stone Chronicles: The Swamp Fairy.

fairy in nature

Image Credit: The Swamp Fairy designed by Wendy Anne Darling of Bookxeedo Book Covers

The Collective rules –
in the fairy nymph ethos,
dictates altruism,
toward the care of the earth
predetermined by the gods.

©2018 Colleen M. Chesebro

abby

In my novel, the Collective is comprised of seven fairy nymph clans who are differentiated by the color of their eyes which mimics the colors of a rainbow. I took some liberties with the Greek myths, to say the least.

I used the symbolism of a rainbow to represent the elements of the supernatural, hope, and enlightenment.

“In Thai (Theravada) Buddhist mythology, the rainbow represents a staircase linking the earth to the heavens which the nagas (member of a class of mythical semidivine beings, half human and half cobra) can descend to the earth.” (Khandro.net)

Fairy nymph Clans in THSC

Nymphs are divided into types (here, alphabetically) and where they reside on the earth.

Alseids (groves) color: violet

Dryads (forests) color: orange

Hamadryads (trees) color: yellow

Meliaes (meadows) color: blue

Naiads (springs and rivers) color: green

Oceanids (the sea) color: indigo

Oreads (mountains) color: red

The Fairy Nymph Collective resides between the tears in the fabric of time called the horizontal realm. The nymphs were placed here by the gods to protect Mother Gaia.

My protagonist, Abby Forester received the gift of clairaudience from the gods for a reason. She acts as a liaison between the human world and the Collective.

Abby’s ability to communicate telepathically with the animals, birds, insects and even the fairy nymphs require her to shoulder a responsibility most teenagers wouldn’t be able to handle. Soon it becomes apparent that the blessings of an inheritance sometimes require the repayment of a debt.

Intrigued? You can find the novel here:

fairy witch rainbow magicThanks for stopping by! <3

About Colleen M. Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Novelist & Poet who loves writing paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood—or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet. A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Faery Writer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams. Colleen won the “Little and Laugh” Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the Carrot Ranch Literary Community on November 2017, and in 2018, she won first place for the “Twisted Travel” category. Colleen lives in Arizona with her husband. When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art. Learn more about Colleen on colleenchesebro.com.
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9 Comments

  1. Pingback: Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge, No. 72: Breakthrough & Movement, #SnyonymsOnly – colleen chesebro.com

  2. “Dictates altruism. ” Whilst they are beings after my own heart, I wonder how that would work. I will need to get the book on Kindle.

  3. A fabulous tanka poem, Colleen. You are the poetry queen.

  4. Wow! You chose some really terrific words, Sis. And crafted a beautiful piece. BTW what happened to your share buttons??

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