“The Morrigan,” A Garland #Haiku

The minute I laid eyes on the photo that Linda picked out for our #photoprompt challenge this month, I recognized the dark birds as the harbingers of the great Celtic Queen, the Morrigan. Her fiery strength manifests in the orange glow of the sun as it highlights the arid plains that stretch to infinity. As above, so below.

Over the Halloween (Samhain) holiday last month, I felt the call of this Celtic goddess. If you’re interested, you can read about my experiences HERE & HERE.

I chose a Haiku garland to illustrate how easy it is to link several Haiku together to form a longer poem. These five Haiku convey a powerful message. It’s amazing what calls out to you from a photo.

Are you ready to join in the challenge! Read the post HERE.

The Morrigan on her throne: Image Credit: http://olderealms.blogspot.com/2013/08/morrigan.html

“The Morrigan”

Shape-shifting goddess
woman of the fairy mound
divine poetess

From haunted visions 
the great queen chooses her own
heed the corvid’s call

acknowledge and learn
as she delves into your soul
to expose your strengths

Her voice, a whisper
or a terrifying wail
sovereignty required

Morrigan of the
raven wing, finder of souls
I accept your gift.

©2019 Colleen M. Chesebro

Have fun and write some syllabic poetry!

Author: Colleen M. Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Poet who loves crafting paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre flash fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative 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, and shadorma poetry. Colleen's syllabic poetry has appeared in the Auroras & Blossoms Poetry Journal, and in “Hedgerow, a journal of small poems.” She’s won numerous awards from participating in the Carrot Ranch Rodeo, a yearly flash fiction contest sponsored by carrotranch.com. In 2020, she won first place in the Carrot Ranch Folk Tale or Fable category, with her story called “Why Wolf Howls at the Moon.” Colleen is a Sister of the Fey, where she pursues a pagan path through her writing. When she is not writing, she is reading. She also loves gardening and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art.

34 thoughts on ““The Morrigan,” A Garland #Haiku”

      1. I understand, sis. It’s strange however that three huge crows are now coming into our garden every day to eat the seeds that the birds have dropped on the lawn, hmmm. There are no such thing as coincidences. ❤

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      2. Adele, the number 3 and the dark birds… that is the Morrigan, for sure. I had no idea that she had been guiding me all this time. I’m rewriting the SOF Genesis novella. You, Debby, and me… we are three. It’s all coming to me like it already happened. ❤

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  1. This was so cool! When I saw the title I was intrigued – there’s a character named Morrigan in the Dragon Age video game series. From your poem, I gather there is someone at that gaming studio who’s done a bit of homework! The garland here was also just so badass. Love it.

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