“Lilacs at Dawn,” Crapsey #cinquain, #NaPoWritMo

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The neighbor’s lilacs are blooming outside our bedroom window. The bush almost reaches the second floor. Today, I honor the lilac with a Crapsey cinquain (2-4-6-8-2) for my Poem-a-Day practice and NaPoWritMo. April is almost finished…

"Lilacs at Dawn"

spring dawn
purple lilacs 
trip the light fantastic 
petals perfume the window sill
bird song

©2021 Colleen M. Chesebro

#Fairy #Tarot #Friday ~ July 31, 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: Six of Autumn

The prosperous fairy in this card shares her wealth with those around her. Her kindness is admirable, so long as she is giving wisely.

“Look for an unexpected inflow of money. Don’t forget to share the success you’re blessed with. As you give to those in need, the universe gives back to you tenfold.” #Fairy #Tarot #Friday

Remember, giving doesn’t have to be in the form of money. Many people desire your time, more than anything else. Even in the days of social distancing, we can connect via social media with family and friends. Don’t forget to call your mother or father. They need to hear your voice.

Have you considered volunteering? Perhaps you have some rare insights to share with others? How about offering instruction in something you’re good at? The blogging world is full of opportunity!

However, be wise in your giving. It’s important to know that the organization you’re supporting is reputable and doing honest, good work. Do your research. Ask your god(s), the angels, or the fairies to deliver clear messages about which associations you can trust.

Meaning of Number 6

“The number 6 is a symbol of completeness. Number 6 symbolizes beauty and high ideals. It is a perfect number. The Pythagoreans acknowledged number 6 to be the first perfect number…”

Read more on: mysticalnumbers.com

Additional meanings of this card: Balance between giving and receiving. Providing what is truly needed. Sharing the wealth. Tithing. Money for college or continuing education.

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“Only Cause Good Trouble,” A Crapsey Cinquain

Dedicated to the memory of Congressman John Lewis

good deeds
return tenfold
only cause good trouble
share your gifts wisely with others

©2020 Colleen M. Chesebro

Morgan Freeman reads John Lewis’ last words:

Cinquain History & a #Cinquain, “Heed the Call”

It’s always fun to learn a bit about the person behind the syllabic form. So, meet the creator of the Crapsey Cinquain:

Adelaide Crapsey

American Poet, Adelaide Crapsey, was born on September 9, 1878 in Brooklyn Heights, New York. She was “raised in a liberal environment that encouraged great expectations for women.” (Wikipedia.org)

Adelaide Crapsey did not invent the five line poem. As an early twentieth-century poet, she used a form of 22 syllables distributed among the five lines in a 2, 4, 6, 8, and 2 pattern, respectively. Her poems share a similarity with the Japanese tanka, another five-line form, in their focus on imagery and the natural world. (Poets.org)

The cinquain, from the French, literally means a group of five. It is also called a quintain or quintet. It is a poem or stanza composed of five lines know as a:


  1. a short poem consisting of five, usually unrhymed lines containing, respectively, two, four, six, eight, and two syllables. (Dictionary.com)

Cinquain.org shares the ingredients which make up the Crapsey cinquain and how has it’s evolved since her volume of poetry was first published in 1915. Please click the links to learn more…

To Center… or Not?

There is a debate as to whether or not Cinquain poetry should be centered on the page. Cinquains are a form of shape poetry. I prefer them centered because I believe the shape adds to the drama of the written poem. I’ve researched this question. There is NO hard and fast rule on this matter. So, do what makes you happy.

Cinquain Rules

Additionally, litcharts.com gives us more direction to the more modern versions of cinquain:

“The American cinquain is an unrhymed, five-line poetic form defined by the number of syllables in each line—the first line has two syllables, the second has four, the third six, the fourth eight, and the fifth two (2-4-6-8-2). They are typically written using iambs. Adelaide Crapsey’s “November Night” is a good example:

With faint dry sound,
Like steps of passing ghosts,
The leaves, frost-crisp’d, break from the trees
And fall.

“Some scholars define the line length of American cinquains by counting iambs or stressed syllables, rather than by counting total syllables. By this sort of counting, the proper line length of an American cinquain would be 1-2-3-4-1, since it would contain one iamb in the first line, two in the second line, and so on. The right way to count the line length is ultimately a matter of interpretation, though, since Crapsey never specified the rules of the form she invented.”


Don’t be. Write your Cinquain following the directions. If you prefer to use the iambs, do that… just remember, different dialects pronounce things differently and will add the stresses in the way they speak.

Heed the Call, #Cinquain

Our world
must unite with
one mind – one consciousness
as light workers allied to save

©2020 Colleen M. Chesebro

Heed the call…