#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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“The Dryad,” #haiku

D. L. (Denise) Finn shared the image for this week’s poetry challenge:

Image credit: D. L. Finn

I wrote a few haiku (not really a series) staying true to the rules of including a kigo (season word) and the pivot.

I love the ethereal quality to this photo. There is plenty of magic to inspire any poet!

The Dryad

From the mighty oak—
winter dryad spirits rise
Artemis rouses

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nymphs tied to tree homes
souls married, inter-wreathed as one
love blossoms in spring

***

hamadryad fae—
bonded hardwood spirits dwell
heavy snow brings death

©2021 Colleen M. Chesebro

The mythology of the dryad is one of my favorite subjects. Not only are the two entities bound in life, they perish together if the tree dies. Their existence is an interdependent relationship.

“Artemis is the Greek goddess of the hunt, the wilderness, wild animals, the Moon, and chastity. She also was the protector and friend to all dryad beings. For these reasons, dryads and the Greek gods punished any mortals who harmed trees without first propitiating the tree-nymphs.” (Wikipedia.com)

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“Goddesses Unite!” A Double Tanka

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This week for my Tanka Tuesday Challenge, I’ve done something a little different. I’m participating in a Facebook Event called, Authors Against Domestic Violence, October 4, 2018, with D. G. Kaye, Writer.com (Debby Gies) at 5:30 PM MST.

Sharon Johnson is the event organizer. (All times listed are EST) Here’s what she shares:

Come join me and Luna Saint Claire on October 4th for The Break The Silence Authors Against Domestic Violence event hosted by Peacock Nation from 5pm to 10pm.
Domestic Violence is still a major problem in our country even today. I hope you’ll join us to learn more while seeing some of your favorite authors as well as new ones.#LunaSaintClaire 5pm
Sharon Johnson 5:30pm
Leah Negron 6pm
Savannah Morgan 6:30pm
#TamarSloan 7pm
Debby Gies 7:30pm
Mark Davis 8pm
Roux Cantrell 8:30pm
Jade Royal 9pm
Elias Raven 9:30pm

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HERE’S THE LINK TO JOIN THE EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1014362638745453/

In honor of this event, I wrote a double Tanka to celebrate the power of women!

Goddesses Unite

 

Goddesses Unite!
Call out your superpowers.
Be invincible,
ignite your intuition,
brain power, and inner strength.

Stop the secrecy—
Speak, and have your voices heard.
Together we change
from victims of violence
into heroines of courage.

~~~

© 2018 Colleen M. Chesebro

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“Searching for the Magic, A Double-Tanka

Life is likea cup of tea

This week for my Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge, I used alter for change, and resisting for deny.

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In the early hours—
before dawn’s pink light explodes,
I alter my view
of the cosmos in my mind
resisting a mundane life.

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Searching for magic
amongst all the disasters
thrown at me daily—
finding the humor inside,
by learning to love myself.

© 2018 Colleen M. Chesebro

 

 

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“The Prophecy,” A Flash Fiction/Senryu

I’m combining my Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge, using synonyms for “love and time, with the Carrot Ranch Literary Community August 16, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about a comet. I used the words “continuum” for time, and “benevolence,” for love.

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The comet streaked across the sky dragging a fiery tail against the inky blackness. Dennitsa shivered in the gathering gloom. Her dreams of late had been infiltrated by the ancestors revealing the prophecy this celestial nomad heralded. Time was running out.

The old ways of healing-magic were in danger. Today, the Byzantine priests had instituted a plan to hunt down and kill the fairy witches, thus performing a cleansing upon the land.

Ripples of magic exploded from the woman’s form silhouetted against the night sky.

Her spirit calls out—

the continuum answers,

benevolence found.

The solution came from above.

***

© 2018 Colleen M. Chesebro

Images: Creative Commons Pixabay.com

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“Blood Moon Rising,” A Tanka

For my Weekly Poetry Challenge this week, I wrote a Tanka poem about the blood moon eclipse which will take place tomorrow, July 27th, 2018. I used “wisdom,” for beliefs, and “odd” for strange.

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There has been some speculation about this particular celestial event, as it is the longest eclipse, lasting in excess of six hours. This eclipse will not be seen in America, while it can be viewed in other parts of the world. Click HERE to find the best viewing times and places.

Sooth-sayers have come out in droves, predicting that this event will portend the end of the world. Click HERE to read the Blood Moon Prophesy.

While I don’t necessarily believe that the world will end tomorrow, I do feel the vibrations of new beginnings in our world order. I believe that if we shine our light filled with love outward into the universe we will increase the positive vibrations for the world.

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The blood moon eclipse—
ancient wisdom transcending,
as Mars hovers near.
While Earth, Moon, and Sun align
predicting odd days ahead.

© 2018 Colleen M. Chesebro

Bloody Good You ready to write some poetry?