“A Norse Halloween,” A #Tanka

the great pumpkin

I have been so busy that I couldn’t find time to write a poem for my own poetry challenge for the last couple of weeks. Today, I vowed to find the time and I did!

I used the word, “somber” for grave, and “reluctant” for afraid.

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A Norse Halloween

Somber winternights—
daylight wanes and the air cools.
Leaves fall from the trees
in a decadent display
of reluctant death and rot.

© 2018 Colleen M. Chesebro

*Winternights is a pagan celebration lasting from October 28th – November 2nd. The Pagan Journey.weebly.com shares:

“…The beginning of the winter season for the Northern folk.  Remembrances of the dead and one’s ancestors were made during this feast.  Winternights was a ceremony of wild abandon; much like the Carnivale season in the Mediterranean countries, and it marked the end of the summer season of commerce and travel and the beginning of the winter season of hunting.

Much divination was done during Winternights to foretell the fates of those entering the coming year.  It was said that if one sat on a barrow-mound (grave) all night long on Winternights, one would have full divinatory, shamanic (galdr and seith), and bardic (skaldr) powers . . . that is if one retained one’s sanity!

Winternights marked the beginning of the Wild Hunt, which would continue until Walpurgisnacht.  This festival corresponds roughly to the Celtic Samhain, and the modern American festival of Halloween, although the darker aspects of the festival are not as pronounced among the Norse people.  (The Norse festival of darkness was Walpurgis, a full 6 months away).”

IMG_7075F4E08CA8-1 May your winternights be filled with pleasant dreams! ❤

 

Author: Colleen M. Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is a Michigan Poet who loves crafting syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and creative fiction and nonfiction. Colleen sponsors a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called Tanka Tuesday, on wordcraftpoetry.com where participants learn how to write traditional and current forms of haiku, senryu, haiga, tanka, gogyohka, tanka prose, renga, solo-renga, haibun, cinquain, Etheree, nonet, shadorma, Badger’s hexastich, Abhanga, and diatelle poetry. Colleen's syllabic poetry has appeared in the Auroras & Blossoms Poetry Journal, and in “Hedgerow, a journal of small poems,” and in various other online publications. She’s won numerous awards from participating in the Carrot Ranch Rodeo, a yearly 99-word flash fiction contest sponsored by carrotranch.com, an online writing community. Recently, she created the Double Ennead, a 99-syllable poetry form for Carrot Ranch. Colleen has published a collection of poetry, flash fiction, and short stories called, “Fairies, Myths & Magic: A Summer Celebration,” dedicated to the Summer Solstice. She contributed a short story called “The Changeling,” in the “Ghostly Rites Anthology 2020” published by Plaisted Publishing House. Colleen Chesebro’s poetry blog is called Word Craft – Prose & Poetry at https://wordcraftpoetry.com/ Her author blog is found at https://colleenchesebro.com where you will find her poetry and short stories.

37 thoughts on ““A Norse Halloween,” A #Tanka”

  1. Definitely, Colleen. We’re dying and and birthing the new self continuously. I like your poem and the message. You look like a bionic lady with the hundred pound pumpkin on your head.

    You’re surely busy with the Conversation with Colleen scheduled to January, 2019. May I book a first available appointment with you. I’ll have 3 months to answer you 180 questions… just kidding! Yes, I’ll have everything ready for you in one email. Please let me know when you want me to send it and I’ll put it on my calendar.

    Thank you, Colleen! ❤ ❤

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      1. Thank you, Colleen. Sally is doing one for me on the 10th. I’m writing to Sue tonight, When Janice comes back from Aruba, she’ll do one for me. It’s nice to have something on-going. ❤ 🙂

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