“The Happiness of Flowers,” #Butterfly #Cinquain

Here’s a butterfly cinquain for our Tanka Tuesday theme of flowers, and why we love a certain one best. I can’t say that I have a favorite flower. I really love them all.

If I had to choose, it would be the daylily. It’s a hardy plant that can stand the harsh Michigan winters and even does well in the hot tropical sun in Florida. I’ve grown daylilies everywhere I’ve lived, except the desert. The 120 degrees F. heat was just too much for them.

There are so many varieties and color options from yellow to dark red, with all the tangerine oranges in between. Don’t forget fushia!

Image by Ulrike Leone from Pixabay
"The Happiness of Flowers"

lilacs
red daylilies
lily of the valley
lavender, and delphinium—
flowers
that brings joyfulness to my heart
tending the soil with love
rainfall awards
new growth

©2021 Colleen M. Chesebro

I’ve been itching to get my hands in the soil and to start planing. But first, there are bushes and a tree with roots growing above the ground to tear out, and compost to add to the soil. Dustin, my son from another mother, has volunteered to help me clear out the old bushes and trees that were never cared for. We’re blessed to have his help.

Once the bushes in the front are taken care of, we can move to the back where three plum trees were planted, then hacked down to bush size. The trees are in rough shape. They have to be removed as the tops were chopped off of them.

The best thing about gardening is that you can take your time. It’s therapeutic to work in the soil. It will be good to spend some time outside this summer. I can’t wait!

#WQWWC – “Light or Lights”

Marsha Ingrao, from Always Write, has breathed new life into my old challenge, Writer’s Quotes Wednesday Writing Challenge, #WQWWC. This is your opportunity to choose a quote to match the topic of the week and write something about it.

  • Poem
  • Opinion Piece
  • Short Story
  • Personal Story
  • Memoir
  • Song
  • Photo Challenge

Flex your creative muscles and tell your readers what you think about the topic of the week using your favorite quote.

Each week I will post a different topic like freedomchance, change, happinessadventure, miracle, and unity – some of the many examples of topics from the past.

Instructions

  1. Pick a quote to match the week’s topic.
  2. Write a response on your blog with a title that suits your post.
  3. Cut and paste #WQWWC logo if you want to use it.
  4. Use #WQWWC hashtag to get more views.
  5. Paste a link to your post on my weekly post in Mr. Linky.
  6. Or past a link in my comment section. I will visit your blog and comment.
  7. Visit other blogger’s who have participated and leave them an encouraging comment.

Here’s my quote:

“There is a crack in everything.
That’s how the light gets in.” 

― Leonard Cohen, Selected Poems, 1956-1968

I always enjoy writing about the juxtaposition between the imagery of light and dark. I know our subject is light, but you can’t talk about the light without first experiencing the darkness. Just as night turns to day, darkness succumbs to the light.

Each of us hides our dark side from the world. This isolated part of our hidden self is where our soul-wounds abide, where our sadness lingers, and where our weaknesses hide. If we can learn to embody our shadows, we will learn to embrace the light. If we want to accept change, we need to acknowledge that there are sides of us we must explore in order to conquer our fears.

I think darkness came first, for the dark is perpetual. Pick up a rock and look underneath. You will find the darkness. However, you needed the light to acknowledge that darkness. The two concepts: light and dark need each other in order to exist.

Embrace your darkness and your light!

Image by Stefan Keller from Pixabay

Embrace Your Light, #Butterfly #Cinquain

sparkle
 like the bright stars
 that twinkle in darkness,
 secure, alone in the shadows 
 Only—
 when we're brave enough to explore 
 our darkness can we find 
 our own power 
 of light.

Join me every Tuesday on wordcraftpoetry.com for the Tanka Tuesday Syllabic Poetry Challenge.

“Stone Ghosts” – A #ButterflyCinquain

Image by JamesDeMers from Pixabay

“Stone Ghosts”

stone ghosts
the false idols
of a treasonous past
dedicated to slavery
hateful
tokens of white supremacy
the darkness of death waits
Patriarchy
shattered

©2020 Colleen M. Chesebro

Today, I heard the phrase, “stone ghosts” and felt compelled to put pen to paper (or fingers to the keyboard). The name resonated and touched a chord deep within my soul.

We’re at the pinnacle of a great change. I feel the ripples of hope flowing like waves across the land. Taste the salt of your tears, for the stone ghosts are falling. This American carnage will be defeated.

So Mote it be!

#Fairy #Tarot #Friday ~ April 24, 2020

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.

Today’s Card: The Five of Autumn

Our world continues to revolve through the chaos of the Corona Virus. While our elected officials bicker over whether to stay in quarantine or to reopen our world economies, most of us struggle to understand the implications of making money over saving lives.

I shuffled the cards three times and cut the deck. I then chose the top card. When I turned over this card, I felt the message came directly from the mother goddess, herself.

The Five of Autumn reminds us that when things feel challenging, there’s always a way to receive help—Ask for Divine guidance! Do you see the wise little boy fairy asking for help on the card’s image? Don’t be afraid to consult your gods and goddesses, the angels, or whatever spiritual source you feel comfortable consulting. They are always nearby, ready to hear your requests for assistance.

Be prepared, because help can suddenly appear and provide you with whatever you need. Look for the signs regarding how to proceed next. Remember, magical messages appear at every turn, and at every moment of every day. Ask for the messages to be made clear, so you know how to interpret the messages you receive.

Consider this: If you focus on the negative or the things in your life that make you unhappy, you’re setting yourself on the path for more difficulties to arise, which then become self-fulfilling prophecies. Instead, focus on the positives in your life.

The additional meanings of this card reflect what we all are feeling right now in these trying times. We all feel challenged by money issues, and obviously with all the layoffs this is poor timing for a career change. How many families are facing health concerns? Some of my friends have lost family members to the virus. Some believe they’re all alone when in reality, they are not.

How do we fix this? Shift your attention to what you have now, and what you want to manifest in the future. That way, your powers get used for good.

Cactus roses

The Five of Autumn, #Butterfly #Cinquain

relief
comes to those who
ask for divine advice
when our lives feel most challenging
wise up
when magical messages come
embrace the positive
set forth your fate
flourish

©2020 Colleen M. Chesebro