The Seasons of a Tree

In Spring –

The Lady wears a crown of yellow blossoms

whose sweet scents tease and tantalize

of warmer days soon to be.

By summer –

Her Majesty dons her finest apparel

with leaves a bright verdant green

shiny with midsummer dreams.

In Autumn –

The Lady shows us her splendor

whose bright orange leaves herald

the darkness of another winter slumber.

In Winter –

Her Majesty lays naked

barren leaves shed like tears

awaiting the hope of a new year.

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Colleen M. Chesebro is a Michigan Poet who loves crafting syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and creative fiction and nonfiction. Colleen sponsors a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called #TankaTuesday, on wordcraftpoetry.com where participants learn how to write traditional and current forms of syllabic poetry. A published author, Colleen is also an editor of “Word Weaving, a Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse, also found on wordcraftpoetry.com. Colleen’s mission is to bring the craft of writing syllabic poetry to anyone who thinks they can’t be a poet. Recently, she created the Double Ennead, a 99-syllable poetry form for the Carrot Ranch literary community at carrotranch.com. Colleen’s poetry has appeared in various anthologies and journals including “Hedgerow-a journal of small poems,” and “Poetry Treasures1 & 2” a collection of poetry from the poet/author guests of Robbie Cheadle on the “Treasuring Poetry” blog series on “Writing to be Read." Colleen published “Word Craft: Prose & Poetry, The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry,” which illustrates how to write various syllabic poetry forms used in her Tanka Tuesday challenges; and a collection of poetry, flash fiction, and short stories called, “Fairies, Myths & Magic: A Summer Celebration,” dedicated to the Summer Solstice. She contributed a short story called “The Changeling,” in the “Ghostly Rites Anthology 2020,” published by Plaisted Publishing House. Find Colleen at Word Craft: Prose & Poetry at wordcraftpoetry.com.
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43 Comments

  1. I couldn’t wait ’til tomorrow, haha, though technically it is tomorrow! This was breathtaking, lady. Very beautiful….you’re truly gifted.

    Okay, now I’m going to sleep! haha.

  2. A beautiful story of changing seasons Colleen, I love your words 🙂

  3. I love trees and love your wonderful homage. Thanks, Colleen!

  4. Colleen, words and photos are perfect as usual.

  5. Absolutely Marvelous! 🌹

  6. Awesome, I love this… There is a tree that I have photos of from season to season.. I’ll have to dig those up and honor her. <3

  7. Incredible combination of words and photography. I could envision it on display as a collection. Minutes to assemble, a year in the making!

  8. Marvelously done–5 Stars!!

  9. Great piece, I really enjoyed it!

  10. Such pretty words for the life of the tree 🙂 It’s a wonderful season to be out in nature!

  11. This is absolutely beautiful. The pictures describe the seasons well.

    • Thank you. It all started with the fall color. I wanted to write about my tree we planted this year. It is an Ohio Buckeye. I loved the yellow blossoms. The seeds will have to be dealt with but you must accept the good along with the bad. 😀 <3

  12. I didn’t realize it was a buckeye tree. My boys went to school in Ohio and outside the elementary school building there were two huge buckeye trees. The school children collected the buckeyes and brought them home. I found stray buckeyes all over the house.

  13. Beautiful. <3 Love trees and love the seasons.

  14. I want to do that with our mountains – create a lovely photograph for each dramatic season for the trees. One of these years, I will. Loved this post.

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