Happy Spring Equinox, double shadorma

day and night now, equal in length— a stasis between the light and the darkness, it's time... focus on balance call upon self-control, good will— let peace and quietude return to comfort our souls © Colleen M. Chesebro

Spring Cleaning, haiku

Mark from Naturalist Weekly offers an amazing weekly haiku challenge. This week’s haiku invitation is to write a haiku or senryu that references spring insects.   Brown marmorated stink bug spring cleaning chores sweeping winter out the door stink bugs really stink © Colleen M. Chesebro Every spring (it's too cold here in Michigan for the… Continue reading Spring Cleaning, haiku

Green Water Runs Deep, Abhanga

This week's #TankaTuesday photo prompt from Terri Webster Schrandt is a beauty! Terri says: “This is a photo of Nine Mile Falls, after which our little community is named.  I captured this last March when the water district let out the water of the Spokane River to create Lake Spokane. When you drive by, the mist… Continue reading Green Water Runs Deep, Abhanga

Syllabic Poetry Taco Dip

This week's Carrot Ranch Literary community challenge: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about a golden onion. Any golden onion. One planted or harvested. An onion chopped for a meal. How can you use an onion as a prop in a character’s hand? Go where the prompt leads! Submit by March… Continue reading Syllabic Poetry Taco Dip

Tax Season Blues, haibun

Various tax forms litter my desk in neat piles. It's my least favorite time of year—tax season. Every year, the forms change. My eyes are weary and my head is numb. It's been a Monday. I'm finished with this day. Outside my window, night settles. half-moon smiles velvet streets blossom in shadows © Colleen M.… Continue reading Tax Season Blues, haibun

Lady Agnew’s Prayer, tanka

This week for #TankaTuesday, we're inspired by an ekphrastic prompt of a painting I found on Rebecca Budd's post: PORTRAIT OF LADY AGNEW OF LOCHNAW BY JOHN SINGER SARGENT on her Chasing Art blog. Portrait of Lady Agnew of Lochnaw (1865-1932) by John Singer Sargent, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons dear Holy Mother hear my most humble… Continue reading Lady Agnew’s Prayer, tanka

Reshare from: The Book Dialogue.com

I was thrilled and over the moon to discover this amazing podcast book review by Rebecca Budd and her sister, Sarah of Word Craft: Prose & Poetry. Many thanks to both ladies (and your mother) for finding poetic inspiration from my book. 💜 Please have a listen... while you're there please give their blog a… Continue reading Reshare from: The Book Dialogue.com

#TankaTuesday, Spring or Winter?

For this week's #TankaTuesday challenge we're playing with snyonyms: change & grow are the words. I used metamorphosis for change and rise for grow. I've written a chōka, with the accompaning hanka (a tanka). A nine line chōka is written as 5-7-5-7-5-7-5-7-7 and the tanka is written in the first person as 5-7-5-7-7. Photo by… Continue reading #TankaTuesday, Spring or Winter?

Love’s Path, senryu series

Photo by Jovana Nesic on Pexels.com sun on snow— a diamond ring on my finger the scent of roses just before dawn in the bridal suite a red rose— his word of farewell brings relief © Colleen M. Chesebro Sanaa from dVerse asks us to write some love poetry... Happy Valentine's Day... or not!

“The Lady of the Snows,” chöka

This week's #TankaTuesday challenge was an Ekphrastic challenge featuring a painting by George Henry Boughton, called The Lady of the Snows. Find the challenge post HERE. Boughton, George Henry; The Lady of the Snows; Walker Art Gallery; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/the-lady-of-the-snows-97671 a covert meeting— she stays for her one truelove fiery passions burn wintery winds rough bluster does naught… Continue reading “The Lady of the Snows,” chöka