Harvest Moon Magic, #Tanka

I’m combining challenges this week because there never seems to be enough time to get everything done. How many of you feel the same way?

Anyway, Frank J. Tassone’s Haikai challenge asks us to use the Harvest Moon (meigetsu) in the haikai poem of our choice (haiku, senryu, haibun, tanka, haiga, renga. My challenge asks us to embrace the tanka!

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Harvest Moon Magic

the harvest moon soars
bright against the sable night—
I reap what I sow
the warmth of hearth and home calls
get ready for winter's chill

©2020 Colleen M. Chesebro

My pivot is, “I reap what I sow.” As I explained in my challenge post, our pivot should relate to the first two lines of our tanka, and to the last two lines of our tanka.

the harvest moon soars
bright against the sable night—
I reap what I sow

The harvest season is a time to reap what you have sown. All the seeds you planted in the spring, both physically and metaphorically, are ready to bear fruit. Now, we can collect the bounty we deserve.

I reap what I sow
the warmth of hearth and home calls
get ready for winter's chill

The pivot works with the last two lines, as well. This portion of the poem suggests we plan for the harsh winter season to come. Happy Autumn!

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.

71 thoughts on “Harvest Moon Magic, #Tanka”

  1. Beautiful tanka, Colleen. The pivot is superb and thank you for explaining how it should work. I agree about not having enough time and I combine challenges whenever I can. I feel being a busy blogger is better than being an idle blogger. ❤️

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