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“Summer Posies,” A Haibun/Tanka Flash Fiction

Carrot Ranch writing challenge

June 14, 2018, Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes a bouquet. You can explore the meaning of the word or gather a bunch of flowers. Go where the prompt leads.

Respond by June 19, 2018Rules are here.

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The Litha preparations had been underway for days. Yesterday, the children had gathered bouquets of yellow daisies for us to carry on our journey to the bonfire which would honor the magnificence of Father Sun. The people were assembled, ready to pay homage to the One.

Excitement coursed through my veins, and I quivered. Tonight, my secret would be revealed. The mother had blessed me with the greatest gift of all. Inside, I felt the first fluttering of my tiny son.

My summer posies—

awash with an early dew

standing sentinel.

A gift of fertility,

honoring the summer sun.

© 2018 Colleen M. Chesebro

 

Fairies, Myths, &amp; Magic Final  Litha, the Summer Solstice, is June 21st. Help me celebrate this Sabbat with the release of my first poetry and short story collection, written as a tribute to summer. See you there! <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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20 Comments

  1. Love how you weaved the haibun into your flash for its own bouquet. And how exciting for the release of your Solstice book! Where can I find it?

  2. Just beautiful, Colleen. So light and warm. Loved it. 🙂

  3. simply beautiful, Colleen. And full of hope and light.

  4. So beautifully described. Lovely.

  5. Felt surrounded by excitement and love <3

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  7. Very atmospheric and full of light, Colleen.

  8. Simply beautiful Sis 😍

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