I had a lovely visit with the poetry Oracle today. I’m always grateful for her poetic inspiration. She’s been encouraging me to explore free-verse or prose poetry. I still prefer my syllabic verse but it is fun to create from her inspiration in a pure sense of just letting the words flow. Happy Saturday!
soft winds rustle leaves below the green canopy blue jay's whisper song recalls wild fairy dances, lush mushrooms—and dreams of sky © 2021 Colleen M. Chesebro
This is your friendly reminder that the Word Weaving Poetry Journal is accepting submissions until July 15, 2021.
We publish haiku, senryu, haiga, gogyohka, tanka, tanka prose, haibun, cinquain poetry including any cinquain variations, Etheree, nonet, shadorma, Badger hexastich, Abhanga, and Diatelle syllabic poetry forms. We would love to see your work. If accepted, we will strive to present your work in such a way as to make you proud.
We share a broad view of what makes up haiku and senryu. We are not hostile to 5-7-5 but expect to publish more poems with fewer syllables. We are open to 1, 2, & 3 lines and other configurations.
We accept submissions from May 15 through July 15 for our first October issue. There is no submission fee.
Read more HERE.
Send us your magical poetry!
For Frank Tassone’s challenge, I used the kigo “midsummer rain” for challenge #195 to write a solo renga:
midsummer rain flows rivulets run down the street rainbow slicks glisten the heady scent of wet earth moisture adds a second skin © 2021 Colleen M. Chesebro
For challenge #196, “summer moon (natsu no tsuki) / Strawberry Supermoon, I wrote a (5-7-5) haiku:
summer moon glitter long light snakes across the lake twilight shadows swell © 2021 Colleen M. Chesebro
For challenge #197 smoldering hot (moyuru) I wrote a tanka:
smoldering hot day brilliant sun scintillations a twinkling mirage blurring the straight pathway home stay on the straight and narrow © 2021 Colleen M. Chesebro
Welcome to Fairy Tarot Friday. Each Friday I’ll share a card from the Fairy Tarot deck by Doreen Virtue & Radleigh Valentine, featuring an uplifting message from the fey. I’ll also include a bit of syllabic poetry inspired by the card reading.
The Major Arcana contains 22 cards that describe major events and turning points in our lives (marriage, pregnancy, relationship and career changes, and overcoming personal challenges). The Major Arcana cards also represent the different phases from childhood to old age.
Doreen Virtue numbered the Minor Arcana cards to comprise four suits representing different aspects of human life. They number the Minor Arcana cards 1 (Ace) through 10, plus the four court cards (Princess, Prince, Queen, and King). The Minor Arcana reflects the day-to-day aspects of our lives and the people in them. Court cards represent either a situation or a person during a reading.
The Minor Arcana comprises four suits. In traditional Tarot they are; wands, cups, swords, and coins. In Fairy Tarot, the four suits reflect the seasons: Spring for wands, Summer for cups, Winter for swords, and Autumn for coins. In Angel Tarot, the seasons represent the four elements: fire = spring, water = summer, air = winter, and earth = autumn. Consider these elements in relation to the Fairy Tarot, as well.
The divinatory meanings are given for upright cards only—this tarot is not intended for reversed readings.
Once you get to know the fairies, you’ll see they are strong-willed environmentalists. They get perturbed at people who mistrust animals or the earth. Never lie to a fairy. Instead, help them take care of the planet and other living beings. Do your part. Your actions will richly reward you, and the fairies will encourage you in amazing ways.
Our theme for this week’s Tanka Tuesday challenge was to write on the theme of discovery. The first thing that came to mind was the purity of thought involving self-discovery. My fairy tarot card for the day was the Ten of Autumn (Pentacles or Coins in other tarot decks), which inspired this chōka:
“A Discovery of Success”
cycle completed, like ships passing in the night alone, you arrive— wealthy, but what have you lost? searching for success reality settles in, new assets acquired you've made it to the top family matters the most! ©2021 Colleen M. Chesebro
Lisa is hosting at dVerse, and she asked us to write a poem inspired by an Ernest Hemingway quote from the list on the challenge post HERE. My selected quote follows along with my chōka:
“There is nothing else than now. There is neither yesterday, certainly, nor is there any tomorrow. How old must you be before you know that? There is only now, and if now is only two days, then two days is your life and everything in it will be in proportion.“–For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940)
“Only the Now Remains”
everyone leaves us by chance, change, desertion, death all alone we drift like fallen leaves aimlessly rudderless on the waterway of time until the river parts us all in the end...treasure the moments that go with the flow ©2021 Colleen M. Chesebro
This quote from Hemingway puts the current world into perspective. Live in the moment, as our tomorrows can certainly be limited. Be glad you’re alive. ❤
I’m tired today and have decided to take the day off. First, I had to pay a visit to the Oracle at magneticpoetry.com.
I decided to let the words fall where they may…
Kerfe shared a breathtaking piece of art she created for our Tanka Tuesday challenge this week. I saw so much magic in this piece. The Summer Solstice is right around the corner! Can you feel it?
A note about the chōka form. The nine-line chōka (5-7-5-7-5-7-5-7-7) should be unrhymed… but for whatever reason, the muse demanded words that rhyme. I suspect faery intervention as the good neighbors love to rhyme. That’s why I called it “chōka-like,” or inspired by the chōka syllabic form.
Midsummer’s Eve Magic
on midsummer's eve, below June's moon glowing bright gather up fern seeds for special sight—this magic summons all creatures don the cloak of unseen light hunt buried treasure beware of faery spite run when magic birds take flight © 2021 Colleen M. Chesebro
Celebrate the Summer Solstice with Fairies, Myths, & Magic: A Summer Celebration
Step into a world where fairies, dragons, and other magical beings converge in a collection of poetry and short stories inspired by the celebration of Litha, the Summer Solstice. Meet Drac, a dragon cursed by his own poisonous deeds, and two pixies who help an old man remember a lost love. You’ll meet a pair of fairies with a sense of humor, and a young girl who fulfills her destiny after being struck by lightning. Learn what happens when a modern witch’s spell goes terribly wrong. Meet the Sisters of the Fey, a group of Slavic Witches who sign a pact with the Rusalki Fey to preserve their magic for the good of all. Atmospheric and haunting, the prose and poetry, will rewrite the mythologies of the past bringing them into the future.
I dipped into the oracle again today. I love the randomness of the words. The Summer Solstice approaches! Blessed BE!
from ghost dance rhythm sacred perfume smoke lingers magic remembers champagne desire—wild women, secret poetry and sky ©2021 Colleen M. Chesebro
I feel great satisfaction in the planting and growing of perennials. They become my offspring, a by-product of the energy I infuse into the plants to grow and become strong. Each season, I fuss over the fresh growth, thrilled that my plant babies survived another year.
day’s first blush
Today, the humidity wrapped vaporous tendrils of fog around the trees in my neighborhood. As I labored in the garden digging holes, my sweat dripped into the soil.
dark clouds birth
By the time the rains came, my plants were tucked into the soil and my balance with nature was again restored.
© 2021 Colleen M. Chesebro
This haibun is an example of a prose envelope haibun (prose, haiku, prose). An explantation of the form is found on page 84-89 in the print book of Word Craft: Prose & Poetry.
This week’s Tanka Tuesday challenge was to pick synonyms for the words dawn and twilight selected by Gwen Plano. I used “first blush” for dawn and “eventide” for twilight. In the second haiku, I used “birth” for dawn, and “crepuscular light” for twilight.
You can find the Magnetic Poetry Oracle HERE. You receive a random set of words used to construct your poem. This shadorma came together quickly. Syllabic poetry is all about the brevity of words. This is one way to experiment.
Have fun and write some Oracle inspired poetry!