“My Muse,” #NaPoWritMo #Badger Hexastich

The NaPoWritMo prompt for today is: “Our prompt today (optional, as always), is to write a poem that poses a series of questions. The questions could be a mix of the serious (“What is the meaning of life?”) and humorous (“What’s the deal with cats knocking things off tables?”), the interruptive (“Could you repeat that?”) and the conversational (“Are those peanuts? Can I have some?”). You can choose to answer them – or just let the questions keep building up, creating a poem that asks the reader to come up with their own answer(s).”

"My Muse"

do you
consult the muse
when it's time to create?
does she sing your verses? 
croon lullabies?
just write...

©2021 Colleen M. Chesebro

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“Nectar of the Devas,” #BadgerHexastich

This week for the Tanka Tuesday poetry challenge we skipped a week… Yup, it was totally my fault. This week should have been a photo prompt. No worries, we’ll do the photo prompt on March 23rd.

In the meantime, our theme prompt came from Merril D. Smith, who suggested we write about immortality.

What is immortality? A state of deathlessness— a dimension of the mind where the soul dwells after reaching Nirvana? “Immortality is mindfulness occupied with the body.” (psy-minds.com/amrita)

Immortality—Life, death, rebirth, and the circle continues until Nirvana is attained.

"Nectar of the Devas"

soma—
sweet ambrosia
the drink of the devas
immortality gained
with a mere sip...
heaven

©2021 Colleen M. Chesebro

The idea of immortality is ancient and goes far back into antiquity. Almost all religions have some concept of immortality, as well. There is much speculation about what this nectar of the devas (soma) really was. Could it have been fly-agaric? Or was it Cannabis?

How does a Pagan Buddhist view immortality? It’s a gift from the gods…

How to be immortal in real life