Mabon Blessings, Solo Renga

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Frank Tassone’s Haikai challenge for this week asks us to write the haikai poem of our choice (haiku, senryu, haibun, tanka, haiga, renga, etc.) that alludes to the Autumn (Spring) equinox (shunbun).

Click HERE to find Frank’s challenge post.

I’ve added a bit of prose to my solo renga as it slipped out of my thoughts. Autumn is my favorite time of the year!

Mabon Blessings

Happy Mabon! The autumnal equinox shifts the wheel of the year another step closer to Samhain and the Pagan new year. The signs of change are subtle in the desert this time of year. The Saguaro cactus stands tall and green, silent sentinels witnessing the passage of time.

Now, the heat doesn’t seem as intense as it once did, even though the noonday sun blazes bright in the hazy sky. The nights are also cooler, arriving sooner each day as peach and magenta sunsets signal the end of day.

the tired sunflowers—
once tall and strong in August
droop with heavy heads

dense seeds ready to return
to the soil, whence they began

©2020 Colleen M. Chesebro

51 thoughts on “Mabon Blessings, Solo Renga

  1. We were in AZ a few years ago. Took a drive through some cacti forests… I read that each arm is about 50 years old. Some of them had more arms than a moose has antlers!

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        1. We’ve not had covid, but I’ve plenty of friends whose family members have. Like you, my husband and I are rather reclusive. I spend time writing and reading. I’m not big on going out to eat. Weight Watchers is my friend. LOL! 😀


  2. Sounds beautiful where you are. I love those huge sunflowers.. so showy. Love how you describe them. They do look like bowed heads in the end. A graceful exit.

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        1. In this brutal sun… I’m not sure. Most of my plants that are desert rated struggled to survive this year even with the drip system and additional daily hand watering. It’s the sun that does it. ❤


                1. Believe it or not, we do have seasonal changes. ARound December it starts to get cold. I walk early in the morning wearing a full winter coat. It gets cold in the desert! LOL!


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