Beltane’s Song – A #Haibun #Tanka #flashfiction

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I’m short on time today because I played in the dirt yesterday, so I’m combining my Tanka Tuesday poetry challenge with the Carrot flash fiction challenge, with those rules below. Click HERE to learn more about this week’s Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge.

May 3, 2018, Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) use a line in your story. You can think of the variation of the word meaning, or you can think of visual references. Go where the prompt leads.

Respond by May 15, 2018. Use the comment section below to share, read and be social. You may leave a link, pingback or story in the comments.

Rules are here.


I plunged my hands into the soil feeling the remains of winter’s damp. I smiled as the sun’s abundant rays covered me in a blanket of warmth and opulence. Today brings the first indication that a line has been crossed from winter into spring.

Consecrating life –

Goddess fertility thrives,

Beltane’s assurance.

Birds cantillate, flowers bloom,

crops sprout neath the flower moon.

Spring has always been my favorite time of year. Beltane is halfway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. Beltane honors new life. It represents that Spring is underway, and Summer is just around the corner.

© 2018 Colleen M. Chesebro


These are newest finch babies in my garden, measuring about two inches long. Both the mother and father were mad that I climbed the ladder to photograph their offspring nestled beneath the overhang under our front porch. I lulled the parents’ frazzled nerves with fresh water and rich black nyjer seeds in the back garden. Happy Spring!

Have the best day ever

25 thoughts on “Beltane’s Song – A #Haibun #Tanka #flashfiction”

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  3. Wonderful take to combine the two challenges, Colleen. I’m on the road in May, Mother’s Day, then vacation in Alaska. I love your baby finch chicks.

      1. Yes, we talked about the babies, and I love the way you distracted the parents and got the photos taken. We get to go to Denali this time. We missed by one week the last trip because the train stopped at the end of the summer season. <3

    1. Thanks, Merril. Ive never seen such tiny babies. They have feathers too. If you knew how cold it was when those itty bitties hatched… whew! Glad they survived! 😍❤️

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