Angel Frost – A #Tanka

Welcome to my contribution to my weekly #Tanka Tuesday poetry challenge. This week, I kept the prompt word “Angel” and changed “devil” to “Lucifer.”

Both words have many connotations. Depending on how you use your synonyms you can modify the meaning of your Tanka poetry in many ways. Don’t be afraid to experiment with synonyms. Sometimes subtle meanings pack the most punch in your poetry. Play with the words for different reactions.

REMEMBER: The best poetry has layers of meaning.

“A poet is a nightingale, who sits in darkness and sings to cheer its own solitude with sweet sounds.”

~ Percy Bysshe Shelley
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Please link your #Tanka Poem contribution to my post found here.

Angel Frost

Lucifer’s artwork –
lacy fingered angel frost,
sketched by stinging winds.
Winter’s artistic palate
hiding spring beneath the snow.

©2017 Colleen M. Chesebro

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Go on Twitter and search for these hashtags. There are tons of great poems to read and retweet.”

Don’t forget to join in and share your #Tanka #Poem using the words: ANGEL & DEVIL, or if you need some visual inspiration write your Tanka poem and tell us of the feelings and descriptions from the photo above.


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Looking Forward – A Tanka

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Cold winds are racing across the foothills on this fine Colorado day. The sky is a pale blue, and a white haze of clouds has crept over the mountains. Ron is working in the kitchen preparing a fabulous meal to commemorate the day. The holidays are hard for me each year, and as I get older, they seem harder to celebrate. Writing helps…

I chose the following words in reply to the prompt words of ‘beginning and thanks,’ for my Tanka this week: for beginning, I used, “set in motion,” and for thanks, I used “grace.”

Bleak lamentations –

bitter winds howling in grief,

autumn’s last hurrah.

Winter snows set in motion

my grace to begin anew.

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©Colleen M. Chesebro

Photos: Courtsey of Pixabay.com

I hope your day is filled with much love and happiness… and turkey too!

The Seasons – Hugh’s Photo Challenge

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For this week’s photo challenge from Hugh’s Views and News, who is being hosted by the ever fabulous, Ronovan, of Ronovan Writes, we are to show what “Season” means to us.

Want to join the fun? Here’s what you need to do.

  1. Take or choose a photo that you’ve taken which, for you, depicts Group.
    2. Create a new post on your blog entitled “Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 22 – “Group”
    3. Add the photo(s) you have taken to the post and tell us a little about what you are showing.
    4. Create a *pingback to this post or leave a link to your post in the comments section below so that other participants can view the post.

Not sure how to create a pingback? Click here for a step by step guide on how to create one.

*As Pingbacks have not been working on WordPress over the last few weeks, Hugh asks that we please leave a link to our post in the comments section so he and other participants can view the post. 

I love the four seasons and that is one of the reasons we moved from Florida to Colorado… I know one extreme to another. It does make for some interesting weather, though! Here is a quick pick of the seasons as I have know them the last couple of years!

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Winter

This is a photo of our oak tree last November. It was our first Colorado blizzard. (This tree has no signs of growth this spring. I believe it has passed on to the great tree heaven up above)

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My granddaughter’s Azalea – first spring bloom in Florida

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Summer in Montana – a gently rolling stream back in the woods

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Fall in Colorado – Better pictures coming this year!

Here’s to hoping for a fabulous day where ever you are! TGIF!

Is it Friday yet

Technology to the Rescue!

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After the blizzard a couple of weeks ago, Ron and I decided that we needed a snow blower/thrower. My dear, California boy has now learned how to deal with the snow in style. We love Colorado! ❤

Thanks for stopping in to see us,

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The Weather Witch

I have been told that I am a weather witch, a purveyor of the elements. Strange weather events take place where ever we live. Somehow I maneuver the climate. Like the blizzard that blew into Colorado Springs last evening through this morning…

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The winds blew hard, battering the north side of the house. Boards creaked and groaned as the upstairs part of the house swayed in the wind.

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Snow flew sideways down the road. The cold winds of autumn blew the early snow into drifts deep enough to swallow a man.

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Great clumps of cold, wet snow filled the glass on the windows making it impossible to see outside. A dark gloom settled within the house.

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Hard icy pellets of snow battered the back door.

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The wind blew harder, burying everything in its path in a silent white death. Ice daggers hung from the shutters on the house.

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Suddenly, the sky cleared into a deep crystal blue while the snow crystals glistened on the drifts below.

Winter is Coming

Truth be told… it’s not even winter yet!

Thanks for stopping by. I’ll see you all again!

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A Winter Interlude

Jennifer Nichole Wells One Word Photo challenge word for this week is “snow!”

Here is a photo of our backyard in Prescott Valley, Arizona. We are about 5,000 ft. elevation here. This was a quick storm that blew in that April of 2011.  The featured photo is from our house in Montana. That was just a little snow storm we had.

The temperatures are still blazing hot here in Florida. Colorado is sounding better and better! The house is up for sale and the sign is out!

Thanks for stopping by. I hope I cooled you off a bit. Winter is not all that far away now…

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Pink Fairy Slippers

Pink Fairy Slippers

The first sign of spring –

as pink fairy slippers bloom,

winter grieves the cold.

I had a lovely walk this morning.  The air was crisp and laden with moisture from the approaching rain.  Not far from Fairy Swamp were these delicate tiny, pink blooms hanging from the bushes.  I do not know their real name, so I have chosen “fairy slippers,” to be their name until I learn what they really are.

The clouds are grey now, and the rain has begun to fall.  A warm southern breeze is blowing in from the Gulf of Mexico, chasing the cold back to the northern latitudes.  Spring is slowly showing its beauty.  WOO HOO!

Many thanks to Amanda, from Unique Art Chic, for hosting her fabulous, Word Snap Weekly, where we writers can share our photography and poetry!  Join in! It is fun and addicting too!

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Thanks for visiting with me today.  I will see you again soon!

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The Clinic–photo rehab #5: Fog in fairy swamp

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Fairy Swamp in the fog is mysterious with shadows at every turn.  I love the way the fog curls around the bare trees.

Many thanks to Lucile De Godoy and her photo rehab challenge for letting me share my part of the world.

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Thanks for popping in to see what I have been up to.  I’ll see you again!

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Word Snap Weekly–The Winter Swamp

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It’s Sunday and that means it is time for Amanda, from Unique Art Chic’s Weekly Word Snap Weekly Challenge!

A unique weekly challenge, designed to inspire creativity from
photographers, visual artists and creative writers.
There are no formal themes or set prompts, you are free to choose your own – this is challenging I know, but is guaranteed to fire up your imagination and creativity.

Use the snapshot/image that most inspires you – be as creative as you like, then add your words. You may explore any form of creative writing you wish, e.g Poetry, WordArt, Quotes, Short Fiction etc.
The challenge will run Sunday to Sunday approx 12 p.m. (GMT) You can post anytime during the week, and I will share your posts on Twitter.

In the interest of promoting the challenge, please follow the steps given below to enter.

  • Create a new post and title it Word Snap Weekly + your post title
  • Tag your post Word Snap Weekly
  • If you create your entry on other social media, or share your post to them the hash tag to include is #wordsnapweekly
  • Link your post URL to the inLinkz grid, selecting your inspired photo/feature image.
  • Display the challenge badge on your post or sidebar. Download the badge here.

Here is my contribution for the week:

Fairy Hibernation

Fairy Swamp is in the grips of winter.  Soon, as the green returns and the warm spring rains fall, the fairies will return to reign again!

Thanks for popping in to see what Word Snap Weekly is all about.  Join in the fun!

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Pixel Prose Challenge– “Winter”

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(Image credit: Winter Fairy)

Winter shows her colors in the sparkle

on the crystal frost she paints on the trees, and

in the bite of the cold north wind

she caresses our pale cheeks – rosy.

Pinecones, holly, and red berries

encircle her golden tresses,

while icy starlight twinkles

in the deep green of her eyes.

Winter wears a mantle of the

finest moss – the palest green,

her spider-web gown of the whitest silk.

Winter is a fickle teenage girl,

teasing us with her whims –

all the while throwing tantrums of

blizzards, fog, ice, and snow.

Hail Winter!

Her reign begins.

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Today is Sunday and that means it is time for Amanda’s Pixel Prose Challenge.  Today, is also the Winter Solstice, the first day of Winter, and we have a New Moon all wrapped up to send us positive energy for the new year.  Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year!

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The Swamp Fairy – Winter Solstice Invitation

I awakened to a dark rainy morning this December 21st, 2014.  The much needed rain had fallen in huge drops most of the night giving nourishment to the parched grass in my backyard.  Bright green sprigs now poked out from my dormant brown lawn.  I grabbed a cup of coffee, my nourishment for the start of the day.  Of course, Sugar and Spice my Pomeranians, leapt at the door to be let out.  I let them outside and looked at the horse-hole.

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There floating above the ground just before the horse-hole was a fairy ring with some words floating above it.  The dogs needed to go outside desperately.  I let them out the door and walked outside onto the patio.  Neither dog went near the fairy ring.  They were intent on their own call to nature.  I peered through the misty rain and this is what I saw:

Solstice invitation

December 21, 2014 at 5:03 P.M. my presence was respectfully requested, I read.  I knew this was the exact time the Winter Solstice occurred here in Pensacola, Florida.  I also knew who had sent the message – The Swamp Fairy!  She used her signature fairy ring so I knew it had to be her.

I remembered that she had told me that her powers were the strongest around the New and Full moons.  The New Moon was today and with the Winter Solstice event the same day, I knew this was a momentous occasion. I was surprised and really interested to find out what the Winter Solstice could mean for me and the Swamp Fairy.  She must have something of great importance to tell me.

I knew the Winter Solstice signified the shortest day and longest night of the year.  Long ago, this was a time of contemplation and reflection on the past year and the new year which lay ahead.  Stonehenge was a significant ancient religious site that celebrated the glory of the winter sunset through its rocky pillars once each year.  People flock to the site every year to see the glorious event.

The Winter Solstice was clearly an important time of the year for the ancients, it had to be for the fairy realm too, I thought.  I brought the dogs back inside to get out of the misty rain and glanced at the clock on the wall.  In only a few hours time, I would have another encounter with the Swamp Fairy.

I could not wait to see what this new mystical encounter was all about!

Thanks for stopping by today.  I’ll let you know what happens this evening.  Follow the Swamp Fairy stories here or go to my menu and read the stories in order.

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The Winter Solstice

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From the beginning –

time was measured with the waxing and waning

of the silvery moon; and with

the rising and setting of the golden rays of the sun.

The tides of the waters rising and falling like breath –

the essence of the earth mother herself,

enveloping our world in her mysterious embrace.

The shortest day and longest night is upon us,

magic and enchantment floats in the air.

Pixie dust glitter shines in the sky above,

While the fairies

gather and prepare far below.

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Do you want to know more about the Winter Solstice?  Here are some other great places to visit to learn more:

Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice 2014: 3 Things to Know About Pagan Yule Celebrations

Time and Date

Winter Solstice Traditions

Thank you for visiting today.  I look forward to seeing you again,

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Autumn’s Last Gasp

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Autumn breathes the last gasps of the season,

as leaves of brown and gold drift from the treetops –

a blanket of decaying warmth.

Grey skies steal the color from the day,

mourning the end of another time of year.

The darkness envelopes and caresses

lulling the earth to sleep,

held in the cradle of the slough.

Winter awaits.

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Thanks for stopping by to see me today. I always enjoy our visits.

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Pixel Prose Challenge–Autumn’s Last Blush

Amanda, from Unique Art Chic sponsors a weekly challenge that evokes so many feelings from me each time I see her work.  Her awe-inspiring photography along with her prose never fails to amaze me!  You must see what she did this week by clicking here.

My contribution this week suggests that even here the polar vortex is spreading fingers of cold downward toward us in the Florida Panhandle.  This week found my Parlor Maple still blooming, while frost painted the roofs sparkly white.

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Many thanks to Amanda for sponsoring this fabulous weekly challenge.

Thanks for visiting me on this Sunday.  I always enjoy seeing each and every one of you!

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