“Creative Intentions,” #Haibun #Tanka

This week for my weekly syllabic poetry challenge, I used the word, “frigid,” for cold, and “tempest” for storm.

I wrote a Haibun/Tanka Idyll which consists of a prose paragraph, followed by a Tanka poem (5/7/5/7/7). All syllabic poetry has rules, and the Haibun is no exception.

Here are a few of the rules for writing a Haibun in English:

  • Every haibun must begin with a title.
  • Haibun prose is composed of terse, descriptive paragraphs, written in the first person singular.
  • The text unfolds in the present moment, as though the experience is occurring now rather than yesterday or some time ago. In keeping with the simplicity of the accompanying haiku or tanka poem, all excessive words should be pared down or deleted. Nothing must ever be overstated.
  • The poetry never attempts to repeat, quote or explain the prose.
  • Instead, the poetry reflects some aspect of the prose by introducing a different step in the narrative through a microburst of detail.
  • Thus, the poetry is a sort of juxtaposition – seemingly different yet somehow connected.

It is the discovery of this link between the prose and the poetry that offers one of the great delights of the haibun form. The subtle twist provided by an elegantly envisaged link, adds much pleasure to our reading and listening.

"Creative Intentions," #Haibun/Tanka

I shivered as cold wind gusts pushed against my beating heart. A
blizzard was brewing, and I didn’t have much time to spare.
I clutched the slip of paper where weeks before I had scratched
out in longhand my new moon intentions. All of my hopes and
dreams were scrawled on that one tiny scrap of paper. Now, I had
one last task left to complete.

Beneath the rubicund glare of the Full Blood Wolf Moon, I burned
those intentions, setting free the scorched embers of my dreams to
let loose the wild storm of inspiration raging within my heart.

May the universe
favor you with abundance
fulfilling your dreams.
Let winter's frigid tempest
ignite creativity.

©2019 Colleen M. Chesebro

In the prose above, I created a scene, told in the first person. The prose is all about my hopes and dreams and of the wishes, I hope will come true.

The Tanka poem which follows speaks to the reader of the winter in our souls and how that time can be used in creative pursuits which rise out of us like flowers blooming in spring. Both pieces are similar in theme, but I tried to keep the prose and the Tanka from repeating the same thing.

I find Haibun prose to be liberating because there is no counting of syllables until you reach the accompanying syllabic poem. And, just so you know, it took me a couple hours to compose and play with the wording.

Typically, we see a Haibun accompanied with a Tanka, Haiku, or Senryu, but I see no reason why a Haibun couldn’t contain a Shadorma, Nonet, Etheree, or Cinquain. And, more than one!

When writing a Haibun speak from the heart and let your words flow. Experiment with vivid descriptions that draw the reader into your experience. Look for words that show more than tell. ❤

Have fun and write some syllabic poetry! ❤

“Creativity,” A Shadorma

First, let me wish you all a Happy New Year, a happy new challenge, and a happy new week. It’s the first of the month, so we get to choose our own words to write a poem. The first of the month challenge is the only one where we don’t have to use synonyms, but feel free to do so if that works for you.

Also, after you’ve published your own poem, don’t forget to cut and paste it into the submission form on the challenge post HERE. Remember, I won’t pick up your poem from the pingbacks any longer.

The Shadorma syllabic form is different from all the other forms. The six lines and the 3/5/3/3/7/5 syllable count may seem restrictive to some. I like the brevity and the fact that you must make every word count! Pick a subject and concentrate only on that aspect. Choose your words carefully.


A rebirth
of new ideas
around hope
vision, and innate talent -
thus born to create.

© 2019 Colleen M. Chesebro

May the New Year bring you heaps of good blessings. ❤

“The Mystery of Creativity,” A Tanka

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This week for my poetry challenge, I used the word “scheme” for plan, and the word, “end” for finish.

The last few weeks, when my blog was broken, kept me in a constant uproar. I think I had the first real writer’s block of my life. It’s not like I don’t have plenty to write… I’m working on two books. I just couldn’t seem to get the inspiration flowing. The words were stuck in my head, and they refused to budge.

So, I did something different to take my mind off my lack of motivation. I created an interview feature for my blog. You can read about that HERE. I believe that took the pressure off my brain to create. The following poem flowed from my soul:

the mystery of creativity

The Mystery of Creativity

The scheme has brought forth

the end of my long impasse.

I pick up the pen—

mystical forces collide

my creativity soars.


© 2018 Colleen M. Chesebro

current moodNamaste & Blessed Be. ❤

Allergic to the Letter “E” Challenge

My friend, Mel from her blog entitled, Melissa Barker Simpson, has challenged me to write a paragraph without using the letter “e!” GULP! This is going to be hard! I don’t want to suffer in the page of lame!!!

Silver tries to write without using the letter “e.” A brain explosion rocked the world this morning!

Here are the Rules:

1) Write a whole paragraph (A WHOLE PARAGRAPH??) without any words containing the letter “e” (still easy?)

2) By reading this, you are already signed up.

3) Challenge at least five bloggers to do the challenge. They must do it within 24 hours or it is considered as failure.

4) If you fail or pass, suffer in the Page of Lame.

5) If you win, wallow in the Page of Fame.

Here goes:

Vibrations drift and fall throughout Willow Pond. Gazing skyward, a sound pounds and throbs similar to pulsations in my soul. Dark, lurid dragon wings come into my sight thumping with a solid rhythm. I gasp and run knowing that if I lag my ruin will soon follow. Alarm fills my soul as I fall upon grass damp with rain. I crawl away as fast as I can. Now, I suffer from sparks of dragon combustion which burn through my skin. Dragon claws grab at my body which is burnt and smoking. In conclusion, it looks as if my downfall was looking skyward.

Dragon Wings

I would like to challenge: Vashti Quiroz Vega, Wendy Anne Darling, Souldier Girl, Mark Bialczak, and Kyrosmagica to join me in this fun challenge. Can you write without using the letter “e?”

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5 Days – 5 Photos: Creating Fairy Magic

I have been selected by Jennifer Nichole Wells to participate in the 5 photos – 5 days challenge. What does this mean for you, dear readers?

The challenge rules: “Post a photo each day for five consecutive days and tell a story about each photo.  The story can be truth or fiction, poetry or prose.  Each day one must also nominate a fellow blogger to participate in the challenge.”

Day 4: Believe in the Magic of Fairies and Make Some of Your OWN

It is easy to paint pictures with words. Today, I share how to make fairy magic on your photos!

This is the untouched photo I used to create my fairy magic photo.

I used PicMonkey and added the dark edges first. The dark edges enhance the sun behind the trees and give the image a magical appearance. Then, I added the words. To finish off the effect, I used a “space” texture to give the photo its mystical glow.

PicMonkey is a free and fun way to add magic to your photos. Have fun and get creative!

Today, I would like to ask Maniparna, from Scattered Thoughts to join in this fun and creative challenge. I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us!

Thanks for visiting. I will see you tomorrow,

Writer’s Quote Wednesday Weekly Wrap-Up from 4/15/15

Welcome to the WRITER’S QUOTE WEDNESDAY Weekly Wrap-Up where our writers highlight their photographic and writing talent by making up their own quotes, or sharing quotes from their favorite authors. Please do not link to this post. Link to the new prompt on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, and please don’t forget to tag your post “Writer’s Quote Wednesday.”  It’s getting hard to find your contributions. ❤


I love all the hard work that goes into a great challenge, and we have it here!  Please take the time to visit the blogs of each of these fine writers.  Many of their posts include videos and music which are all part of the process in becoming inspired. Please feel free to browse the quotes that keep us in pursuit of our writing goals created for you, by authors just like yourselves:

Here are the Writer’s Quotes from last Wednesday.  IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR WRITING INSPIRATION… THIS IS THE PLACE TO BE!

Meredith’s Musings

Eve Merriam 1916–1992

“I find it difficult to sit still when I hear poetry or read it out loud. I feel a tingling feeling all over, particularly in the tips of my fingers and in my toes, and it just seems to go right from my mouth all the way through my body. It’s like a shot of adrenalin or oxygen when I hear rhymes and word play.”  Language Arts  interview.

Rebirth of Lisa

Dandelion Fuzz

(Please visit her website to hear the video)

Tiny Expats

Pearls Before Swine

From the Sticks to the Bricks and Back Again

“All the words I use in my stories can be found in the dictionary— it’s just a matter of arranging them into the right sentences.”

– Somerset Maugham

Just Fooling Around With Bee


This is something I think a lot about lately: power, self-power, being empowered. – Bee

Taking a Walk Through History

Write Dorne

Notes Tied on the Sagebrush

“A woman I know wears a thin gold chain around her waist, under her clothes, with a charm bearing the inscription Priceless. It drives men crazy, she tells me. Small wonder. They love to be reminded of what they already know, since we live in a world that constantly denies it. She wears the chain, she says, in such a way that the charm falls perfectly across a certain female chakra, as it were, which reminds her constantly of her inestimable value.” –Marianne Williamson

My Decade Long Travels

Listen to The Timekeeper and let it transport you to what is important and let you be reminded to value every moment of every day.

Lucile De Godoy

Follow Your Dream

By: Amanda Bradley

Follow your dream.
Take one step at a time and don’t settle for less,
Just continue to climb.
Follow your dream.
If you stumble, don’t stop and lose sight of your goal
Press to the top.
For only on top can we see the whole view,
Can we see what we’ve done and what we can do;
Can we then have the vision to seek something new,
Press on.
Follow your dream.

Randoms by a Random

For what it’s worth… It’s never
too late, or in my case too early,
to be whoever you want to be.
There’s no time limit. Start whenever
you want.
You can change or stay the same,
There are no rules to this thing.
We can make the best or the worst
of it. I hope you make the best of it.
I hope you see things that
startle you. I hope you feel things
you never felt before.
I hope you meet people who have
a different point of view.
I hope you live a life you’re proud
of. And if you’re not,
I hope you have the courage to
start all over again.
– F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Dictionary of Victorian Insults & Niceties

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Every week, I am in awe of the creativity and thought that these writers put into the quotes they find to share with us. Please honor their hard work, by visiting and leaving a comment on their blog. You never know, you just might meet a new friend!

Thank you for visiting and I hope you found inspiration to just keep writing!


It’s All a Blur

The Daily Post weekly photography challenge asks us to show something that is a blur.

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This is an image of my Florida driftwood Christmas tree with sunlight reflecting on it from between the slats of the blind that covers the window.  The sunlight has a surreal look to it, almost as if the photo is out of focus.

file-3_thumb.png   Click on this image on my blog to find more photography challenge images.

Thanks for visiting!  I can’t wait to see you again!


Writer’s Quote Wednesday Weekly Wrap Up from 3/18/15

WQWWU enjoy the view

Welcome to the WRITER’S QUOTE WEDNESDAY Weekly Wrap-Up where our writers highlight their photographic and writing talent by making up their own quotes, or sharing quotes from our favorite authors. Please do not link to this post. Link to the new prompt on Wednesday, March 25, 2015.  Please don’t forget to tag your post “Writer’s Quote Wednesday.”  It’s getting hard to find your contributions. ❤

You are the best!

I love all the hard work that goes into a great challenge, and we have it here!  I must tell all of you that have been with this challenge from the beginning how much I appreciate the detail and dedication you show in your posts.  I have learned much from all of you!  Please feel free to browse the quotes that keep us in pursuit of our writing goals created for you, by authors:

Here are the Writer’s Quotes from last Wednesday.  IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR WRITING INSPIRATION… THIS IS THE PLACE TO BE!

Please check out the fabulous quotes these writer’s came up with and visit their blogs:  (Please let me know if I missed your blog) If your quote was an image I grabbed it for our online gallery, if not I did try to add your quote.

My Decade Long Travels


Lucile De Godoy


Jade the Mystic

I love Oscar Wilde. he said he was born too fast. What he said was not understandable. His words were too creative to be understood. Let me add one of his quotes

“The man who knows the price of everything but the value of nothing.”    ; )

Pearls Before Swine


– by Epicurus

Rebirth of Lisa

wqw - tetting

Bittersweet Sensations


Meredith’s Musings

quote Lewis

war with self

K. S. Fause


Notes Tied on the Sagebrush

“Be still, and the world is bound to turn herself inside out to entertain you. Everywhere you look, joyful noise is clanging to drown out quiet desperation.”–Barbara Kingsolver

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Remember to be still…

Taking a Walk Through History

Source: Google

Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.

– Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900)

Embracing the One

“A heavy load is greater than no load at all ” – Lucy PeaceCrafting     A quote by a little voice inside my soul 🙂

Just Fooling Around With Bee

breathe out breathe in

It’s a poem I have written a few years ago and even made a bi-lingual YouTube video of it.

Zen & Pi


Strawberries Forever


Weird and Wonderful


Randoms By a Random


Dandelion Fuzz


Alberta Ross Writes

thousand books

Tiny Expats


Silver Threading


Thank you so much for stopping by to enjoy the quotes that have been created to give us all inspiration!

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Mindful Monday–Writing and Creativity

Mindful Monday

Welcome to Mindful Monday!  I have found that being mindful encompasses the act of being watchful, aware, wary, heedful, alert, careful, or attentive, in whatever area in my life I feel it applies to.  Each week I try to self discover new things about myself.  This week, I decided to apply some of my mindfulness techniques to my creativity and writing.

On any given day, I usually have 500 things whirling about in my mind, all at the same time.  Last week, I realized that I had to sit and meditate for a bit to calm my thoughts, before starting another writing project.  Having too many ideas can be as confusing as having no ideas!  I seriously started thinking about how I think. Creativity has always come fairly easy to me.  I get an idea and usually pursue it immediately to fruition.  This works great for me.  However, I do have those days just like everyone else, where I find myself out of balance in my thinking and creativity.


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I found this excellent infographic, which really helped me to zero in on the stall-out in my creativity.  I printed out a copy and have it near my desk to view when I start spinning my wheels.

It is my opinion, that the more we observe about the world around us, the more we can create a plan of action, as it relates to our writing.  How many times have you been writing something and suddenly, you are just stuck? When that happens try putting yourself into the scene you are writing.  Examine your thoughts and try to figure out how you would react if you were in that scene.  Experiment and tinker with your thoughts.  Then, tailor those reactions to your character.  Write it down until it feels right to you.  By thinking mindfully about your writing you allow your creative engines to reboot your way of thinking.  You become open to new ideas.  Your creativity starts to flow…


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If all else fails, get up from the computer and go for a walk.  Sometimes breaking the rules means that you try something different.  Slow down.  Take your time.  Live in the moment of your writing experience – own it.  Everyone has a bad day sometimes.  Move on and don’t force it.

Creativity is defined by the Encarta dictionary as, “the ability to use the imagination to develop new and original ideas or things, especially in an artistic context.”  That is what we do.  We are writers, authors, and experts in creativity!

Creativity V. Wolf

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What are your mindful goals for this week?

Remember, this is not a challenge.  This is an offering of support.  If you would like to join in with your own Mindful Monday goals you can do so in the comments, or on a separate post of your own making.  If you want to link back to my post, please feel free to do so however, it is not necessary.  My main objective here is to give and get support to become more mindful of the things I take for granted in life.

Thank you for joining me in my pursuit of becoming more mindful.  I appreciate your support!  Peace and joy to everyone this week.

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No More Awesome

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Can you think of any other words to use in place of AWESOME?

Come by and visit whenever you have the chance.  I enjoy seeing all of you!

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