“Goodbye,” #Senryu, #NaPoWritMo

My dear friend, Debby Gies’ husband lost his battle with cancer on Wednesday. Today, I attended his funeral, which was live-streamed from Toronto. I leave you with a somber senryu:

swift passage—
saying goodbye
to an old friend

©2021 Colleen M. Chesebro
Image by Myriams-Fotos from Pixabay

#Senryu

This week for Tanka Tuesday, we’re working on crafting meaningful haiku and senryu. Senryu in English focus on the awkward moments in life making the human, not the world around them, the subject.

First in 5-7-5:

Parkinson's disease—
the shaky termination
of old memories

©2021 Colleen M. Chesebro

Next in 3-5-3:

Parkinsons disease—
the shaky endings
of memory

©2021 Colleen M. Chesebro

This is a difficult subject to write about but one that deserves attention. My brother-in-law suffers from this debilitating disease.

Parkinson’s Disease Statistics:

  • Nearly one million will be living with Parkinson’s disease (PD) in the U.S. by 2020, which is more than the combined number of people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, and Lou Gehrig’s disease (or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)
  • Approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with PD each year.
  • More than 10 million people worldwide are living with PD.
  • Incidence of Parkinson’s disease increases with age, but an estimated four percent of people with PD are diagnosed before age 50.
  • Men are 1.5 times more likely to have Parkinson’s disease than women.

Learn more at Parkinson.org

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Haiku & Senryu

Many thanks to Frank for hosting this challenge. This week, Frank J. Tassone’s Haikai Challenge is a Spring Trinity Challenge:

DateKigo
2/20remaining snow (zansetsu)
2/27Snow moon (Yuki no tsuki)
3/6waters warming (mizu nurumu)

Write the haikai poem of your choice (haiku, senryu, haibun, tanka, haiga, renga, etc.) that allude to any of these kigo .

Here’s how the challenge works:

1. write the haikai poem of your choice.
2. post the link of your post to Mister Linky.
3. pingback by posting the link to the challenge on your site.
4. read and comment on other contributors’ posts.

Image by jplenio from Pixabay

Remaining Snow (zansetsu) – haiku

From remaining snow—
purple crocus burgeoning
nature awakens

©2021 Colleen M. Chesebro
Image by Pezibear from Pixabay

Snow Moon (Yuki no tuski) haiku

The snow moon glistens
betwixt endless tree shadows
wolf stalks his dinner

©2021 Colleen M. Chesebro
Image by Peter Selbach from Pixabay

waters warming (mizu nurumu) senryu

still waters warming— 
I turn, craving your caress
your snores wake the dead

©2021 Colleen M. Chesebro

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#Fairy #Tarot #Friday ~ October 30, 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: Ace of Winter

Don’t be deterred by challenges along the way. It’s important to communicate clearly and accurately. Amazing new ideas that should be implemented.

The Ace of Winter is the first card in the Winter suit. The message from the card is simple. Don’t be deterred by challenges along the way. You’re on the right path, and your plans are protected and safe. Any difficulties you experience are intended to make you stronger—they aren’t blocks at all.

Trust that the new ideas you have are inspired and worthy of your time and energy. You’re crystal clear on what to do, even if you’re doubting yourself. I know many of us need to hear this message!

Have confidence in your own insights. Communicate in a clear and concise fashion in order to avoid confusion, but be careful not to seem cold in the way you speak your truth!

Look at this fairy… She holds great magic in her hands, but also that of pure crystalline thought floating above her head. Her companion represents the potential strength and courage she will grow into.

Additional meanings of this card: Brilliant new concepts. Overcoming obstacles. Remaining optimistic. Being objective. Noticing and trusting the signs of a positive outcome.

With the election looming and the full blue moon on Samhain, the energy in the cosmos is swirling. Focus your energies on a positive outcome and believe it will happen. Magic is everywhere.

“Look for Magic to Happen,” #Senryu

stay on your right path
focus on the positive—
believe in yourself

©2020 Colleen M. Chesebro

“You Can’t Go Home Again,” #Senryu

Aishwarya, from Kitty’s Verses, picked an excellent photo for this month’s photo prompt. There is so much to write about.

I chose to write a senryu this week. Senryu are untitled, but for this challenge we use titles to keep our posts straight.

I don’t know… this photo haunted me. There with so many poetic possibilities. Finally, I settled on the old saying, “You can’t go home again.” Those railroad tracks definitely lead to the unknown.

There’s something poetic about the first time you leave home. When you return, it’s never like it was before you left. Time marches on and our perspectives change. We view life through the lens of a fool’s paradise. You know, the feeling of happiness you hold onto because you’re ignorant of the negative aspects of a situation? It’s all part of the growing up process.

“You Can’t Go Home Again,” #Senryu

a fool’s paradise
journey into the unknown
never to return


©2020 Colleen M. Chesebro

#FAIRY #TAROT #FRIDAY ~ August 7, 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: Queen of Autumn

What a perfect card for a Friday. Consider this Queen to be like a fairy god-mother. She cares about everyone and can’t wait to swoop in to save the day! She is generous and giving, and loves to make dreams come true. She adores luxurious and beautiful things. She could spin straw into gold if you asked her… and she’d love to try!

The Queen of Autumn’s family means the world to her. She also can run a small company and a large household without so much as breaking a sweat! The Queen also has an eye for decorating. Her motto is “Form and function, dearie. Form and function.”

Guess what? The Queen’s tastes are expensive (very expensive)! Thank goodness she’s discerning—and picky! Fortunately, she’s good with money because she spends it like crazy. By the way, the Queen marries well. Does the Queen remind you of anyone in your family?

In this card, the Queen sits on her throne. She may appear inactive, but magic swirls around her! The rabbit by her side symbolizes the prosperity and creativity at her command. READ: Rabbit Symbolism & Meaning

Since the Queen embodies the tradition of family, this card represents a woman skillful in the management of finances who possesses a practical nature.

This person could come to your aid in some financial matter. It is likely that her advice will be spot-on regarding better money management. The advice you receive will help you create abundant prosperity, so listen carefully. #Fairy #Tarot #Friday

Be practical in your decisions and how you proceed with the advice you’ve received. Pay attention to the messages from the universe. Look for signs signaling that you are on the right path.

Additional meanings of this card: The ability to make anything more beautiful. The ability to be sensible. A love of gardening. A wonderful parent.

“The Queen of Autumn” #Senryu

practical magic
appears unexpectedly
make your dreams come true

©2020 Colleen M. Chesebro

#Fairy #Tarot #Friday ~ July 17, 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 unique 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.

These divinatory meanings are for the 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 Prince of Winter ~ Intellectual, Determined, Focused, Impulsive

Happy Friday! Wow, the Prince of Winter moves at the speed of light. Don’t blink or you might miss him.

When this card shows up, you know you’re in for some quick action! This little fairy’s mind moves fast, and he can assess a situation quickly which allows him to get right to work. This is great energy for completing projects that you started but didn’t finish.

Remember, when this fairy’s on a mission, you may as well stand back and let him take charge, because he will, whether or not you want him to! Breathe into this potential and use it to your advantage. This is the time to act quickly and decisively. Be prepared for sudden or unexpected changes.

By drawing this card we know we are also dealing with idealistic, decisive, focused, and determined energy. Expect decisions to become a little impulsive and undiplomatic, which is much of the energy swirling around in U.S. politics at the moment. Keep your eye on what they do and not what they say!

Concerning any of your own projects and aims, my best advice is to pause and reflect before you set any plans into motion. Weigh out all your options. Is this plan as sound as it seems? What are you not seeing? Seek an intellectual solution to your issue.

Additional meanings of this card: Believing strongly in your mission. Fighting for justice. Sudden or unexpected changes. Intellectual solutions to problems.

“Use your Brain” #senryu

solve problems wisely—
trust science, not politics
just put on a mask!

©2020 Colleen M. Chesebro

The Fear of Running Out of Wine (TFOROOW), #Senryu

I’ve been busy with my house painting and thought it was time I checked in with everyone. We’re about half-way through our painting endeavor. We’re pretty exhausted at this point. The good thing is that we’ve kept our ourselves busy while playing 60s, 70s, and 80s hits on Pandora Radio to make our work go quicker.

One room down, many more to paint!

I’m staying up on the virus news, but as an Empath, I have to distance myself to keep my sanity. My husband and I engage in a quiet lifestyle, similar to quarantine already, so this has not been too drastic for us.

Image Credit: Padre’s Ramblings

Padre, from Padre’s Ramblings, furnished this week’s photo prompt image. He sent to this to me a few weeks ago. Who knew the state of our world would deteriorate so quickly? Padre’s image stirred our emotions and our creativity. I’ve enjoyed reading your poetry.

Me? I had to find some humor in the situation. When I looked at the photo of all the wine bottles adorning the walls in the restaurant, I could only think of one thing… what if we ran out of wine?

Tiffany Jamison: Facebook

The HECK with toilet paper, although that is nice to have too.

When I served in the Air Force (many years ago) we used to joke about alcohol abuse, and not the kind you’re thinking of. One never accidentally spilled a drink because that was a waste of a good beer! Look for the humor, I always say.

Image by Bruno /Germany from Pixabay

Alcohol abuse—
fear of running out of wine
a public crisis

©2020 Colleen M. Chesebro

So, even though we have to practice social-distancing, let me take this opportunity to raise my glass to you in a salute of solidarity! Let us not run out of wine.

#Fairy #Tarot #Friday ~ February 28, 2020

Welcome to Fairy Tarot Friday. I’ve migrated this feature over from the Sisters of the Fey blog. 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.

They number the Minor Arcana cards in four suits representing different aspects of human life: 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

With all the news around the world sounding the alarm about the spread of the coronavirus, I tried hard to block out all the chatter. After a long meditation, I drew the Princess of Autumn, an earth card.

This princess is optimistic and happy. She’s also charming, reliable, upbeat, and rather clever! Doesn’t this sound like you?

I bet you have a passion for learning. Guess what? You’re in good company. But don’t be fooled… a mischievous streak runs through this princess. Be on the lookout for that to manifest in your life, as well. Like you, this little fairy is a joy to be around. She’s also responsible and a wise soul.

The Princess of Autumn signifies that a part of you loves to learn, while some of you might assume the role of the perpetual student; too shy about getting out on her own. This princess has a tendency to think things through way too long before acting.

Never fear. When you finally make your move, everything will flow into place as planned. Do you need a push to get started? Maybe this is the message you’ve been waiting for so you can finally get past whatever has been holding you back.

Suddenly, the books or knowledge unavailable to you before are now wide open. Embrace any knowledge you’ve gained through rigorous study. You’ve done the hard work, now is the time to reap the rewards.

Maybe your message for the day is that it’s time to go back to school? Take advantage of any study and research opportunities. If you can, attend seminars or courses even if they are online. Be prepared for some good news about finances!

“You Can Never Know too Much” #Senryu

embrace facts—
knowledge provides wealth
glean rewards

©2020 Colleen M. Chesebro