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Shooting stars mind-map the journey,

darkness curls like smoke from a Beltane bonfire

healing flames cleanse and renew—

it’s a turning point,

the full flower moon eclipse

potent and transformative.

When the moon’s shadow passes,

step into your power and make positive changes.

© Colleen M. Chesebro

For dVerse, where “Quadrille #175 -Mapping Out Our Poems” is the challenge from De Jackson.

What’s a quadrille? Here’s what De says:

“Pen us a poem of exactly 44 words, not counting the title, and containing some form of the word map. Post your poem on your own blog, and link up using Mr. Linky below. Then travel around the blogisphere to read some of the best poets around. The Quadrille is open all week, so be sure to come back to read and write some more!”

Published by Colleen M. Chesebro

An avid reader, Colleen M. Chesebro rekindled her love of writing poetry after years spent working in the accounting industry. These days, she loves crafting syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and creative fiction and nonfiction. In addition to poetry books, Chesebro’s publishing career includes participation in various anthologies featuring short stories, flash fiction, and poetry. She’s an avid supporter of her writing community on Word Craft Poetry.com by organizing and sponsoring a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called #TankaTuesday, where participants experiment with traditional and current forms of Japanese and American syllabic poetry. Chesebro is an assistant editor of The Congress of the Rough Writers Flash Fiction Anthology & Gitty Up Press, a micro-press founded by Charli Mills and Carrot Ranch. In January 2022, Colleen founded Unicorn Cats Publishing Services to assist poets and authors in creating eBooks and print books for publication. In addition, she creates affordable book covers for Kindle and print books. Chesebro lives in the house of her dreams in mid-Michigan surrounded by the Great Lakes with her husband and two (unicorn) cats, Chloe & Sophie.

49 thoughts on “Mind-Mapping

        1. I actually saw the painting on Apple News and saved it to use for the challenge. Of course, she’s holding a prayer book of some sort. But younger writers are captivated by the image. It’s fun to see the possibilities. 💜

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          1. I did not realize prayer book.😬 Even though I have a couple small ones like that.🤦🏻‍♀️ So I researched. It is fun to see the possibilities, and I love how our lifetime influences the interpretation of art.

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              1. It absolutely is. Sometimes it ages me and sometimes it makes me feel very inexperienced.😅 May I ask a favor? Please direct me to an explanation of the double enead so I can link it to my Tanka Tuesday post? Thank you so much, Colleen.🌺

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  1. Colleen, this feels like a powerful ritual: “When the moon’s shadow passes, step into your power” and makes me wonder if there are those who practice it during times of eclipse. I also like the idea of shooting stars mapping the mind’s sky.

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  2. I love darkness and light, Colleen, and the alliterative ‘Beltane bonfire’ with its healing flames. I also like the way ‘it’s a turning point’ is the axis of your quadrille.

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  3. The heavens are mysterious but beautiful at night!!
    You echoed that wonderfully for my tastes.
    BTW, thanks for publishing De’s directions, she had directions in two places today, I chose the wrong one and it didn’t tell to use the word. So I walked around map following or in my mine, take your choice, but didn’t use it. I fixed it, she caught me!! (Here are the directions in another place, “Write all over the map. Be a mapmaker. Whatever form [of the word]* you choose, just be sure your poem is mapped out at just 44 words.)
    * I swear these three words weren’t in it up there until I messed up. This was the first time I insinuated the word but left if physically out. Never again!!

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    1. Jim, don’t feel bad. I’ve done the same thing on another challenge. I left the word out but talked all around it. It happens. Thanks for the lovely comments. Keep writing, my friend.


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