“The Litha Celebration,” A Garland Cinquain

This week I thought I would give you a tiny sneak peek into a project that my dear friend and Sister of the Fey, Wendy Anne Darling and I have been working on called, Fairies, Myths & Magic, Volume One – Summer Solstice. 

We’ve created our first collection of short stories and poetry that will publish on the Summer Solstice, June 21st… (if everything goes as planned). The Second book will publish a week before Halloween, the third book, in January 2019, and the fourth book, May 2019. In the weeks ahead we’ll be revealing the cover, so stay tuned.

This poetry challenge is such a big part of my life that I couldn’t see a way around not creating a poem for our book based off of some synonyms from a challenge. It just worked out that this week’s words fit the best. This poem is the last entry in the book. <3

I used “honor,” for dignity and “profit,” for success. This is a garland cinquain which is a series of six cinquains in which the last is formed of lines from the preceding five, typically line one from stanza one, line two from stanza two, and so on.

As you can see, with proper alignment, the garland cinquain resembles a ribbon.


The Litha Celebration, A Garland Cinquain


All hail

the Sun God reign

applaud the golden rays

as we grow in wisdom and might




the warmth and light

of bonfire’s cheerful glow

while fairies dance and spirits sing



Summer Solstice

hints at changes to come

metamorphosis of ego –




from all good deeds

gained from sun, moon, and earth

our spirits rejuvenated




Midsummer blessings

Closes the long-drawn day

Sending us on our way



All hail

The warmth and light

Hints at changes to come

Our spirits rejuvenated


© 2018 Colleen M. Chesebro

Smashing good timeSummer’s just around the corner. <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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  2. I love the flow of imagery and rhythm of emotion. I felt such peace reading this ❤️

  3. I can imagine someone chanting this one, like a benediction.

  4. Absolutely brilliant, Colleen. I need to look at this form of poetry. I like tankas and have become a bit lazy.

    • I felt that way, too. It took me all day to write this garland Cinquain. But when it came together, I was quite pleased. The sixth Cinquain is a lovely combination of all the other lines. 😍❤️

  5. A lovely Cinquain!

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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