“Freyja,” #Shadorma #poetry

Anita Dawes provided this week’s #SynonymsOnly poetry challenge words: blessed & hex. These are excellent opposites to work with in a longer poem featuring one or more stanzas. Unfortunately, my time was limited this week by all kinds of minor niggling issues. Yet, I still worked through the problems!

I’m happy to announce that I completed the first draft of Word Craft ~ Prose & Poetry: The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry! Now it’s on to my editors.

This has been such a fulfilling experience to write about something I love so much. I believe this book will be a brilliant start for those who would love to write syllabic poetry, but feel intimidated by the rules and the counting of syllables. Most of all, I want people who don’t think they can write poetry to try the forms we work with in our challenges. Writing poetry makes us better writers!

Life with a kitten has been brilliant fun for Ron and I. My little furry beast is purring sweetly one minute and hanging from the curtains the next. Freyja is in the toddler stage now, pushing her luck and seeing how far she can get. She has her first vet appointment on Friday, which should have her mad at me for a few hours!

I immediately thought of her when I read the prompt words! I’ll be using the word fortunate, for blessed; and hocus-pocus for the word hex.

“Freyja,” #Shadorma

golden eyed
ebony beauty,
fortunate
enchantressbeware the powers of a
hocus-pocus cat!

©2020 Colleen M. Chesebro

I composed this shadorma poem with the help of a little black cat magic!

#Fairy #Tarot #Friday ~ June 5, 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: Three of Summer

Happy Full Strawberry Moon! In the Northern Hemisphere, the Algonquin tribes in New England chose this name for the full moon in June because this was the best time of year to harvest the strawberries that grew wild in the area. (Moongiant.com)

There’s a lot going on in the world right now so if you need to pause and take a break from the chaos, do that. Practice self-love and take care of you and your family.

I feel the energies of the universe swirling around me today, so I gasped in surprise when I selected the Three of Summer card. This card in Fairy Tarot is equivalent to the Three of Cups card.

Notice the three frolicking fairies in the card? They are celebrating their wonderful fortune with a dip in the cool water. It looks like they are having a marvelous time!

Consider the number three and its meaning in this card, as well:

Angel Number Three

The Meaning of the Number Three

When the universe plays beautiful music, it’s time to dance. When life presents you with joyful news, it’s time to celebrate. The Three of Summer is a card that celebrates friendship, sisterhood, and creative collaborations.

Yesterday, my daughter, Amy, shared that she and her boyfriend, Joe, had decided to get married sometime this summer. Apparently, my delightful news colored today’s card selection!

But, wait… do you have news worth celebrating? Any weddings, graduations, or births in your future?

You know, this is also the perfect time to celebrate the friends you cherish. Embrace this moment as a drop in the ocean of all the blessings the universe holds in store for you.

With some creative social distancing, you can get together with your friends to spend some quality time. Those of us on the blogs do that often through social media: FaceTime, Skype, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger. Be creative.

This together time, when you give and receive love and encouragement to and from your friends, is the most important part of this message. Embrace this full moon energy. You’re here to do important things together!

Remember to tell those around you how much they mean to you. Spend time with family and friends. Your words will be warmly embraced, and your truthful intentions will be honored.

Don’t forget to experience gratitude for all these gifts which bring happiness to your soul. Be thankful for this opportunity.

Additional Meanings of this card: An impending wedding. Becoming pregnant or giving birth. Vibrant health. Becoming part of a close-knit community or “chosen” family. Embrace the love.

Image by Jan Haerer from Pixabay

“Full Moon Magic,” A Shadorma

heavenly
energies signal—
revelry,
together,
partnered in friendship and love
from those who matter

©2020 Colleen M. Chesebro

#Fairy #Tarot #Friday ~ May 8, 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.

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 Prince of Winter

Hello, my faery friends. Happy Friday! Today, I’ve chosen the Prince of Winter who moves with swiftness of a flash of light! Look in the left-hand corner of the photo. After I snapped this photo, I noticed the light reflection from my lamp. I took this as another sign that our faery friend wanted us to pay attention!

The Prince of Winter is a change card. The last time he appeared in one of my readings was on January 31, 2020. This was the day the United Kingdom formally withdrew from the European Union (Brexit). So, look for some earth shattering events on the horizon.

As a court card from the Minor Arcana, it represents either a situation or a person. On a personal level, this fairy prince asks us to prepare for a big change that we’ve been waiting a long while to happen. This could be the moment in your life when everything aligns at the right time and place as the universe offers you the chance to move forward on your path and welcome your destiny. Don’t let this moment slip away!

This little prince’s mind moves at warp speed, which means we’ve got to be ready for the change he brings when it happens. Carpe diem!

In more general terms, our world is changing at an exponential rate because of the coronavirus’ advancement around the world. What we once thought of as normal is long gone. Yet, many countries are loosening their rules about wearing masks and social distancing.

Perhaps this little faery is warning us to be more assertive and direct by asking ourselves the hard questions. He might suggest that it’s time to take a direct approach while being quick-witted and intellectual—we need to use our intelligence to determine if it’s safe to go without masks and practice social distancing.

Maybe we should slow down and reflect on what we know to be the truth. Trust the scientists and not the politicians. Do what is safe for you and your family.

Are you a risk taker like the Prince of Winter? Remember to take care because he is idealistic, decisive, focused, and determined. At that same time, he’s also impulsive and undiplomatic. He loves the thrill of the ride, but is he watching where he is going? He could set himself up for a fall, and that could be disastrous.

Does this sound like anyone you know?

The additional meaning of this card are: Believing strongly in your mission, fighting for justice. Experiencing sudden or unexpected changes. Intellectual solutions to problems.

“Carpe Diem,” #Shadorma

Embrace changes—
focus on your truth
ask questions
contemplate—
the gifts the universe grants
providence awaits

©2020 Colleen M. Chesebro

Once in a Blue Moon, #Shadorma #PhotoPrompt

©2020 Ritu Bhathal

This week for my poetry challenge, Ritu picked an interesting photo. I got excited at what the rest of you saw or felt from the image. Some detected a malevolence, while others conveyed a normal evening with the moon overhead.

Shadorma poetry has its own rhythm and flow, called a sestet, a six-line stanza poem with syllables: 3/5/3/3/7/5 (26 syllables). As far as I can tell these poems don’t rhyme.

In my poetic research, I can find little out about the form. Supposedly, it originated in Spain, but I can’t back that up with facts. It could be a made-up form… does it matter? Someone made up all of these forms at one time or another. Have fun and experiment with the Shadorma.

Once in a Blue Moon

moonlit oaths
broadcast to the night
shuttered panes
secrets kept
in old segregated rooms
unheard truths remain

©2020 Colleen M. Chesebro

“Memories ~ Set Adrift,” #Shadorma

This week’s poetry challenge was a photo prompt that I assumed would give us all much food for thought.

Never mind all the song references we couldn’t get rid of (Jim Croce: Time in a Bottle) (Sting: Message in a Bottle), etc.

Then, there was the obvious… a bottle on the beach means trash washed up from the ocean. One man’s trash, another man’s treasure!

I must admit… I didn’t think that photo through, or maybe I over thought it!

For me, the bottle in the sand spoke of forbidden love. Empathically, I felt there was a couple somewhere who communicated through clandestine meetings – writing love letters in their blood, left inside the bottle for their partner to find. I sensed one left the other…

Image by Efes Kitap from Pixabay

Memories ~ Set Adrift

memories
of illicit love
penned in blood
marking time
set adrift on azure seas
please come back to me

© 2019 Colleen M. Chesebro

“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.

Creativity

A rebirth
of new ideas
coalesce
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 Triskele,” A Shadorma Poem

This week for my Tanka Tuesday poetry challenge I want to share a new poetry form called the Shadorma. You can learn about this form HERE.

The Triskele

Celtic crest
past, present, future,
triple self
number three
life cycles that never end
life, death, and rebirth.

© 2018 Colleen M. Chesebro

The Triskele is an ancient Celtic symbol which represents the cycles that never ends: the journey of life, death, and rebirth that is always in motion, and neverending.

Read more about the history behind this symbol at CelticLife.com