“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, & 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! ❤

 

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