“The Awakening,” Haibun/Nonet

This week for my poetry challenge Jane Dougherty (the Poet of the Week winner from last month’s photo prompt) selected the image below for poetic inspiration.

This photo spoke to me of rebirth. I imagined the remnants of our civilization clinging to life after the mother goddess purged the land with fire. Afterward, she cleansed her home with water – the giver of life. Somehow nature will change and adapt. I just don’t know if humans will be part of that reality.

Image by Susan Cipriano from Pixabay

The Awakening

The remnants of the storm disappeared into the silvered mists where the sky and water joined as one. I clung to an uppermost branch, struggling to keep my head above the rising tides. I listened as sea bird cries welcomed me to a new day.

Wind, the calming breath of the goddess
brought moisture to the thirsty land.
Water, the life source endured
quenching the fires and flames
that stoked climate change
across our lands.
This rebirth
brings us
life.

©2019 Colleen M. Chesebro

Image by Enrique Meseguer from Pixabay

Climate change protestors across the globe took to the streets Friday to demand that leaders tackle climate change in the run-up to a U.N. summit.

Inspired by the Swedish teen, Greta Thunberg, many of the protestors were children who walked out of classes to join the cause.

If the kids understand the urgency of this issue, why can’t our elected officials?

Millions hit the streets for global climate change strike – live updates HERE

Author: Colleen M. Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Novelist & Poet who loves crafting paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical, which may mean she is experiencing her second childhood—or not. That part of her life hasn’t been decided yet. A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing poetry and storytelling. Colleen sponsors a weekly Syllabic Poetry Challenge, called Tanka Tuesday, on her blog where participants learn how to write traditional and current forms of haiku, senryu, haiga, tanka, gogyohka, tanka prose, renga, haibun, cinquain, Etheree, nonet, and shadorma poetry. Colleen's syllabic poetry has appeared in the Auroras & Blossoms Poetry Journal, and several other publications. In November 2017, she won the “Little and Laugh” Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the Carrot Ranch Literary Community. In 2018, she won first place for the “Twisted Travel” category. In 2019, she placed second in the Three Act Story category, with her piece called “The Game.” Colleen is a Sister of the Fey, where she pursues a pagan path through her writing. She lives in Arizona with her husband and black cat, Freyja. When she is not writing, she is reading. She also loves gardening and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art.

50 thoughts on ““The Awakening,” Haibun/Nonet”

  1. Lovely poem Colleen, and yes our youth are grasping the nettle so to speak, I am given hope that Change can be instigated as we each learn we each hold personal responsibility for our actions as we unite to bring awareness with ‘mindful’ actions and intentions..
    Wonderful to see the world unite this way Colleen. ❤

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      1. Indeed Colleen… We have to unite and realise there are those intent on Dividing and conquering… And to the means they use to do so… So its important to keep love as our intention and not get caught up in anger or judgement, hard as that is to do… ❤

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      2. Yes I catch myself failing often… But being aware is the main thing and then reviewing how we were programmed to think… The media is geared to division… and manipulation .. So, so long as we try our best to be our best… that is all we can do… And remind others that we are programmed deeply and indoctrinated through centuries of wounding… All of that has to be cleared.. I have worked through many layers, and still a work in progress..
        We also have to understand that Nations too hold Karma and this too is being released, and cleansed.. Its a remarkable time we chose to be here.. Our work is now not getting bogged down in negative vibes.. The media now is hyping up both sides of the ocean to create division and that feeling of hopelessness.. Its done deliberately to lower our frequencies because we are at that Capitol point of Change.. It can still tip either way.. So its so, so important for us not to be disillusioned and doubt..
        This battle has to be fought so to speak, and many are already watching us closely from other orbits!!…. As we transcend into the vibration we were taken from and trapped here in this 3rd Density/ vibration.. of matter and material free will..
        I know there are beings watching who cannot interfere in our own process of evolution.. But they are guiding us and nudging us in the right direction.. So keep good heart my friend.. ❤ Much love

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    1. That’s my biggest fear, Marje. Our “so-called” president doesn’t even believe that climate change exists. It’s all about money – oil, gas, and greed. It’s a bleak future. Let’s hope we can elect people that understand the crisis and want to find solutions to fix it. ❤ The rebirth is getting new elected officials. LOL! 😀 ❤

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