Lavender & Peppermint, Quadrille

Lavender tea steeped with a sprig of wild peppermint an afternoon pick me up, when nothing else will do. A flower fragrance enhanced with the bite of mint like summer blue skys, patterned with gray clouds and lightning. Lavender and peppermint my healing brew. © Colleen M. Chesebro It's Monday at dVerse, and Paean is … Continue reading Lavender & Peppermint, Quadrille

Daily haiku

Photo by Valeriia Miller on approaching heatwave our wilting peonies forecast over morning tea © Colleen M. Chesebro Summer is on its way to Michigan. Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone! 🌸

Birthing a Unicorn, Syllabic Acrostic

For #TankaTuesday this week, I asked everyone to write an acrostic poem with 8, 9, or 10 syllables per line—or a mixture of the counts, using one of the following words: MAGICAL CHARM SPECTER FANTASY CONJURE UNICORN IMAGINATION ORACLE MALEVOLENCE I chose the word: 🦄 UNICORN 🦄 My syllable count is 10-9-9-9-9-9-10. It's a nice … Continue reading Birthing a Unicorn, Syllabic Acrostic

W3 Prompt #55: Wea’ve Written WeeklyW3

David’s W3 Challenge this week is from Punam. Punam’s prompt guidelines: Write an acrostic poem on any one of the following words: Discipline;  Enthusiasm;  Meditation;  Tumult;  Trouble. M E D I T A T I O N Mental images flow like waves on the seaEngage your breath—in and out, soft and slowDe-stress, let go, just … Continue reading W3 Prompt #55: Wea’ve Written WeeklyW3

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Abhanga

This week's #TankaTuesday challenge is all about using synonyms for the words: work & play. moil through the drudgery cavort, frolic, dally stop the salt mines—rally let your hair down! © Colleen M. Chesebro I still miss the old videos on MTV!

Mirrored by the Moon

Merril D. Smith is hosting at dVerse today. She asks us to write a poem of exactly 44 words (quadrille) not counting the title. Our poem must use some form of the word mirror. Ebony sky, full moon night, tides rise and fall, mirroring Luna’s soft glow— the breath of the goddess. The moon calls to … Continue reading Mirrored by the Moon

Remains of the Day, #Senryu

This week’s #TankaTuesday challenge is a photo prompt. This year, I’ve asked my friend, and photographer, Terri Webster Schrandt, from to share her photos with us for inspiration. Terri runs a weekly photo challenge called Sunday Stills. Check it out HERE. There's a poignant vibe that speaks to me from this photo. Only a senryu will do. 🩷 … Continue reading Remains of the Day, #Senryu

Sun & Rain, W-3 #54: Elfchen

David's W-3 prompt #54 for this week, per Sadje’s prompt guidelines: Write an ‘elfchen’ poem; Extra challenge: write a second elfchen poem, which opposes the first one. What's an elfchen poem? From Wikipedia: The typical structure of an elevenie is as follows: RowWordsContent11A thought, an object, a colour, a smell or the like22What does the word … Continue reading Sun & Rain, W-3 #54: Elfchen

Hang a Paper Moon

I was intrigued by Erik Johansson's surrealist art, suggested by Mich, the host of dVerse, for Poetics: Slipping into Surrealism with Erik Johansson. The artwork is amazing and gave me so many ideas. Full Moon Service: Erik Johansson: Hang a Paper Moon in a sapphire night skyhang a paper moon—a secret place to hold your … Continue reading Hang a Paper Moon