“Cosmic Messages,” #Haibun, Verse Envelope

dawn in the desert
bird song awakens the day
heat shimmers in waves

The sun warms my back, and I gaze at the stark beauty of the Sonoran desert. Thick-trunked Saguaro cactus spread their arms to the sapphire sky as if showing gratitude for another day of being.

Verdant green Palo Verde trees filled with saffron blossoms wave to me in the breeze, welcoming me to my new home. I stand in awe, dumbfounded at how I’d stumbled into my personal Shangri-la.

best laid plans can fail
Yet, the universe led me
to a great finish

In due course, I surmised, when the cosmos speak… it’s always wise to listen. Welcome home.

© 2019 Colleen M. Chesebro

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.

61 thoughts on ““Cosmic Messages,” #Haibun, Verse Envelope”

    1. LOL! It can reach 117, but the lack of humidity makes it tolerable. Well, not 117! Our new house is built with a special cooling system for this desert area. We keep it around 75 degrees inside which is quite comfy. Blinds and curtains on the windows help too. ❤️🌵

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    1. LOL! That’s what I thought too! It is hot as Hades here but the lack of humidity makes it all tolerable. All the streets and boulevards in the housing areas and within the cities are filled with glorious Native growing plants and trees. I’ll try to take more photos to share. It’s gorgeous! ❤️🌵

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    1. Thanks, Linda. I really do love this area. It seems to be cooler too. I’m in Buckeye, but way north around the White Tank Mountains. Why they didn’t make us part of Surprise, AZ I’ll never understand. LOL! ❤

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  1. Beautiful Haibun/Tanka, Colleen! I’m so happy you’re settling into your new home and things are going smoothly. Judging by the photos it’s a gorgeous place. All the best, my friend! ❤ xo

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