Mabon Blessings, Solo Renga

Frank Tassone’s Haikai challenge for this week asks us to write the haikai poem of our choice (haiku, senryu, haibun, tanka, haiga, renga, etc.) that alludes to the Autumn (Spring) equinox (shunbun).

Click HERE to find Frank’s challenge post.

I’ve added a bit of prose to my solo renga as it slipped out of my thoughts. Autumn is my favorite time of the year!

Mabon Blessings

Happy Mabon! The autumnal equinox shifts the wheel of the year another step closer to Samhain and the Pagan new year. The signs of change are subtle in the desert this time of year. The Saguaro cactus stands tall and green, silent sentinels witnessing the passage of time.

Now, the heat doesn’t seem as intense as it once did, even though the noonday sun blazes bright in the hazy sky. The nights are also cooler, arriving sooner each day as peach and magenta sunsets signal the end of day.

the tired sunflowers—
once tall and strong in August
droop with heavy heads

dense seeds ready to return
to the soil, whence they began

©2020 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.

51 thoughts on “Mabon Blessings, Solo Renga”

      1. We’ve not had covid, but I’ve plenty of friends whose family members have. Like you, my husband and I are rather reclusive. I spend time writing and reading. I’m not big on going out to eat. Weight Watchers is my friend. LOL! 😀

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      1. In this brutal sun… I’m not sure. Most of my plants that are desert rated struggled to survive this year even with the drip system and additional daily hand watering. It’s the sun that does it. ❤

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