Looking Forward – A Tanka

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Cold winds are racing across the foothills on this fine Colorado day. The sky is a pale blue, and a white haze of clouds has crept over the mountains. Ron is working in the kitchen preparing a fabulous meal to commemorate the day. The holidays are hard for me each year, and as I get older, they seem harder to celebrate. Writing helps…

I chose the following words in reply to the prompt words of ‘beginning and thanks,’ for my Tanka this week: for beginning, I used, “set in motion,” and for thanks, I used “grace.”

Bleak lamentations –

bitter winds howling in grief,

autumn’s last hurrah.

Winter snows set in motion

my grace to begin anew.


©Colleen M. Chesebro

Photos: Courtsey of Pixabay.com

I hope your day is filled with much love and happiness… and turkey too!

The End of Summer – A Tanka

Autumn winds entreat –

slivers of silvery moon

burnished in the slough,

fairy nymphs crying raindrops

mourning the end of summer.

Colleen Chesebro

Happy Friday!


Brisk Autumn Mornings – A Tanka

Brisk autumn mornings –

fog and dew lay summer bare,

while blue sky kisses

paint lacy frost on spent blooms

commencing my day anew.

by Colleen Chesebro

Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – Waiting Game

Mel’s visuals of autumn are spectacular… AND, take a sneak peek at a new character she is sharing – A goddess of Autumn! Had to share! ❤

This week for the Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge (#WQWWC) the theme is Autumn.

The quote I chose is by George Eliot:

Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. George Eliot.

There is something truly magnificent about autumn, and though we Brits don’t celebrate the holiday, it is a time for thanksgiving. For the glorious colours that explode to life, even in death. For the rich and pleasant smells, the wind on your cheeks, the fire in the hearth, and the warm drinks shared with friends.

I found myself inspired by the theme, so I created a few images to (hopefully) entertain you.


My inspiration for the piece of flash fiction has its roots in my current project. Eventually I will get back to my other works but, as you probably know, I have lived and breathed the…

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#WQWWC – Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – “Autumn”

Hey, EVERYBODY! It’s that time again! Time to join in the “Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge,” co-sponsored with Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes, right here on silverthreading.com and myself, Silver Threading!

Please use #WQWWC on your post so when we share to Twitter we can retweet you and spread the inspiration.

Welcome!  This is an open invitation to join in on our blogging event called the “Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge!

Ronovan and I are really enjoying all the creativity that has been blossoming from this challenge. There have been fascinating science fiction stories, poetry, and even a song or two!


If you like the OLD Writers Quote Wednesday where you selected a quote and talked about the author of the quote you CAN still do that. The quotes are a pathway to find inspiration in your writing. You can write whatever you would like as long as you include your quote with your piece. You can write poetry, music, share songs, write flash fiction…


This is your chance to highlight your favorite author’s quotes that give inspiration to you as a writer. Do you feel like your writing is getting stale? Are you looking for inspiration to keep writing? Then you have come to the right spot!

Each week we will include a theme for anyone who needs additional inspiration. You don’t have to follow our theme if you don’t want to. It is optional.

You have from this Wednesday until the following Tuesday to participate!

In fact, Ronovan and I alternate each week with a themed prompt post written on Silver Threading. This will give you a different perspective weekly to keep your inspiration flowing.

Here is the link to last week’s post from Ronovan.

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR BLOGS TO FOLLOW… I have included the entries from last week with the theme of “Miracles” (Please click on their name to visit their blog to read their contribution) (It’s cool when I can just copy the pingbacks :D)

Writer’s Quote Wednesday // A. Davida Jane – ZEN AND Π

#WQWWC – Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – “Comedy” – Silver Threading ~ Fairy Whisperer ~

Writers Quote Wednesday Comedy | Annette Rochelle Aben

Writer’s Quote Wednesday Challenge – Comedy | Pearls Before Swine

Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Writer’s Challenge – “Comedy” | The Fiction Café

Writer’s Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – Comedy

Laughing to avoid crying | Chasing Life and Finding Dreams

Writer’s Quote Wednesday Challenge – Comedy | Pearls Before Swine (Edit)

Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Writer’s Challenge – “Comedy” | The Fiction Café (Edit)

Comic relief – WQWWC | a cooking pot and twisted tales (Edit)

Writer’s Quote Wednesday | thoughts and entanglements (Edit)

Haddon Musings

Always a Writer

Crazy Creatives Cheerleading Camp

Two on a Rant

I loved all your quotes about comedy! We need more of that in our world today!

This is my week, and Ronovan will be back next week to share his theme with you.


So what do you do?

You can use FotoflexerPicmonkey, or Canva.com, or any other program that you wish to make your own images. Click the links to go to the programs.


I know I’m early, and I can’t help it. I am a hopeless romantic! There is something about autumn that speaks to me. I’m not sure if it is the striking colors or the coolness of the season, but I am sucked in every year! The Stanley Horowitz quote above, says it perfectly.

I share with you –

“An Autumn Day”

Dawn begins with

crisp autumn mornings and

dew sparkled grasses

           steam rising

            from the morass swirling –

like thoughts in a cluttered mind.

The afternoon wears a bright blue mantle

on shoulders

reflecting sunlight into cloudless skies.

Leaves with the glowing colors of

amber, red, and ginger orange

spread forth upon the verdant pasture

jewels in a crown for the season.

The late afternoon sun slips

into muted silhouettes

and a misty coolness creeps

into the lateness of the day.

An invitation is sent

to warm our hands and hearts

near cheery bonfire flames.

At dusk, the doves call

their last goodbyes

to the gathering darkness

that swells in the meadow.

Twilight settles

enfolding the shadows

into the blackness

of the night.

Behold the beauty

of an

autumn day.

Are you ready for the best time of the year? Write about it and share your thoughts. Be inspired and share your greatness with us!


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The Weather Witch

I have been told that I am a weather witch, a purveyor of the elements. Strange weather events take place where ever we live. Somehow I maneuver the climate. Like the blizzard that blew into Colorado Springs last evening through this morning…

Silver the weather witch

The winds blew hard, battering the north side of the house. Boards creaked and groaned as the upstairs part of the house swayed in the wind.

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Snow flew sideways down the road. The cold winds of autumn blew the early snow into drifts deep enough to swallow a man.

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Great clumps of cold, wet snow filled the glass on the windows making it impossible to see outside. A dark gloom settled within the house.

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Hard icy pellets of snow battered the back door.

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The wind blew harder, burying everything in its path in a silent white death. Ice daggers hung from the shutters on the house.

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Suddenly, the sky cleared into a deep crystal blue while the snow crystals glistened on the drifts below.

Winter is Coming

Truth be told… it’s not even winter yet!

Thanks for stopping by. I’ll see you all again!


Go Ahead – Fall into autumn #BeWoW

It’s my favorite time of year – autumn! Today marks the first real day of fall here in the United States and I am celebrating my favorite time of the year by sharing a quote for Ronovan Writes, #BeWow and my own #Writer’s Quote Wednesday. Ron and I have been linking up our quotes each week to spread inspiration to our fabulous writing community. Go ahead, join in! You’re always welcome!

I love autumn for many reasons; the bright reds and deep oranges of the leaves, the crispness in the air hinting at cooler temperatures, and the brilliant blue skies that seem to make the colors even more spectacular.

We are still proceeding with our house sale. No offers yet, but I feel positive it will happen soon. With that said, I had hoped to be in Colorado Springs to celebrate the autumn splendor of the Rocky Mountains. Instead, I can share a photo that will give you an idea of the beauty that surrounds the area.

Image credit: Visitcos.com

Without further ado, I would like to welcome in autumn with a quote from Stanley Horowitz:

Image credit: Breathing in Grace

Happy autumn!


Autumn’s Last Gasp

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Autumn breathes the last gasps of the season,

as leaves of brown and gold drift from the treetops –

a blanket of decaying warmth.

Grey skies steal the color from the day,

mourning the end of another time of year.

The darkness envelopes and caresses

lulling the earth to sleep,

held in the cradle of the slough.

Winter awaits.

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Ronovan’s Writes Weekly Haiku Challenge-Stress & Hold

I would like to thank Ronovan for sponsoring this weekly event that challenges us to embrace the beauty found in the patterns of words.  This is one of my favorite challenges and I have grown in my writing because of it.  Thank you Ronovan!

Ronovan Fall Haiku Challenge

Here is my Haiku for this week:

First Frost


From Ronovan Writes:

Something to keep in mind about a Haiku. Usually it is elemental in nature, but I don’t stick to that. There are two things I do like to see and they are; 1) Haiku that can be broken into two sentences with the middle line of the three lines being the commonly used part and 2) Opposite meanings in the first and last sentences.

Before you start!

I have links that will help you out. Remember for Haiku in English the total syllables are 5 for the first line, 7 for the second, and 5 for the last. I don’t really hold people to that for this but if you want to do it in the 5/7/5 manner, the traditional way, then try that. One link I have for you is . . .howmanysyllables.com. Simply type in the word and find out how many syllables it has. Also for synonyms and antonyms go to thesaurus.com, I find it useful for finding a word to fit the meaning when syllables are not working out right.

This weeks two words to use in some form, meaning you can use another word that means the same thing are:

Stress & Hold

DEADLINE: Noon on Sunday New York Time.

(I hate doing deadlines, but it takes quite a while to complete the rewind.)

There are now things called “A RONOVAN’S CHOICE!” which simply means a Haiku that either touched me or was a stand out Haiku in structure and meaning. Really each Haiku is a choice of mine so I feel a bit odd even having something called A RONOVAN’S CHOICE, but hey, it’s a thing, right?

Join us in the fine art of Haiku writing.  Everyone is invited!

Thanks for checking in with me today.  I enjoy you all so much!

Silver Threading

Autumn Sea and Sky

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The autumn sea and sky meet at blue-grey swells,

blending one into the other;

while the days and months of the year slowly slip asunder.

Gentle waves lap at the beach washing clean

the white sands of time;

as shore birds chase and play in the ripples of the tide.

November winds blow lightly,

fickle and unpredictable –

holding onto the warmth of sunny summer days.

The bleakness of the winter – the coldness of the surf,

creep within the breakers

cresting on the shore.

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Thanks for the fabulous visit.  I can’t wait to see you all again!

Silver Threading