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“Shadow Play,” Double #Cinquain

This week for my weekly poetry challenge I wanted to write a Double Cinquain. I used the word, daybreak for light, and shadows for dark.

I promised Jane Dougherty some photos of the desert and the surrounding area. As you will see, building in this area has accelerated, limiting my view of the desert. I used to be able to walk to the edge of the desert.

The first image to the lower left is the front of my house. The next image to the right is my Faery Tree representing the Celtic Tree of Life and the Great Glyph of the Sidhe. This tree is a black trunked Mesquite and native to the area. The rest of the trees in my back garden are Palo Verde (thornless) also native to the area. I’ve brought in as many natural elements as I could to please the land spirits and the good neighbors.

The spiral around the tree represents the Great Glyph of the Sidhe, which is great for connecting to the land and beings of Faery. The labyrinthian spiral provides a simple method for communicating and visiting the land of Faery. The glyph can work both ways, opening the way for beings to also visit you. This spiral was a must have for my pagan garden. Read more here.

The last two photos are from today’s morning walk. I love the way the light and dark of the shadows shimmer in the desert heat. The last photo is looking off into the distance from higher ground in my housing area. You can see the White Tank Mountains along the horizon.

That light-play of shadows inspired my double Cinquain below.

Shadow Play

shadows holdfast
to the gathering light
clinging to the semi-darkness
for protection
from the heat of the day
hiding until the gloaming light

© 2019 Colleen M. Chesebro

It’s 113 F. today! Stay hydrated! <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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  1. Great post! I loved your expressions, phrases and imagery! The photos add a unique flavour of calmness and serenity to the poem! Good job!🌸

  2. Great poetry and lovely photos!

  3. It’s so nice to see where you live, Colleen, and have the landscape of light and shadow immortalized in poetry. I’m so glad you’re planting in such a way as to invite the fairy world to play. <3

  4. Excellent pictures and poem.

  5. Hi Colleen, I love the pictures you’ve sharing. Your poem is wonderful. I admit here that I had to look up the definition of a Cinquain. 🙂 I love looking up words and as a amateur poet, I appreciate learning.

  6. Oh, I love your photos, Colleen! Your poem is a perfect reflection of your lovely area. 😊

  7. Very nice! Thank you for sharing your world through photos, prose, and poetry.

  8. Beautiful photos of the landscape, Colleen. Love your poem! 🙂

  9. Ok, I’m trying again, I forget what I wrote the first 20 times. LOL <3

  10. I visited the desert, one summer, when I was a teen. It was a feeling like no other place I’ve been. I really like your environmentally friendly landscaping. Love the tree in the middle of the faery ring. Wonderful poem. Beautiful photos.

  11. 113F!? Aaaaagh!

    Still, love the match between cinquains and photos! The shadows really have a flow.

  12. Absolutely Colleen 💜

  13. Colleen, whether dry or not, it looks beautiful. This is where you live, isn’t it?

  14. Holy cow, that’s H.O.T! Too bad those cactuses don’t give off more shade 🙂
    Enjoyed the photos of your lovely home and the beauty of your poetry- try to stay cool <3

  15. D.L. Finn, Author

    Love your poems the pictures. It does look dry!

  16. Thanks for sharing Colleen. Plenty of sky and that wonderful golden light. (K)

    • I do love it here, Kerfe. I grew up in Milwaukee, WI. We had a 3 domed conservatory filled with plants and different habitats. My favorite was always the desert. I knew at an early age that I was in love with the plants and the light! <3

  17. Thanks for posting the photos, Colleen. I have a better idea now, and realise that you don’t live alone in the middle of Monument Valley…

  18. Thanks for sharing your part of the world, Colleen. The desert is so different from NJ. We’ve had some hot days, but also lots of rain, so it’s pretty lush and green here.

    • I’ve lived in Georgia but no further east than that. You guys get humidity which drains me. I do so much better out here in the dry heat. LOL! Glad your summer has been bearable. <3

  19. Loved your poem Colleen and your lovely photos of your special tree.. Progression and expansion often means our views are being restricted.. And I enlarged each photo, loved the spiral in the gravel.. 🙂

  20. Your beautiful poem perfectly describes your early morning view of the world, Colleen. So glad it’s not stifling hot all the time…

  21. Definitely dry, sis!

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