Fairy Orbs Flicker – A Tanka

Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge # 27 – “Light & Dark”

Welcome to my contribution to my weekly #Poetry Challenge, where you can write your own Haiku, Tanka, or Haibun using the prompt words of light and dark.

This week, I decided to write a Tanka. I used “darkness,” for dark, and kept the word, “light.”

Both words have many connotations. Depending on how you use your synonyms you can alter the meaning of your prose & poetry in many ways. Don’t be afraid to experiment with synonyms. Sometimes subtle meanings pack the most punch in your poetry. Play with the words for different reactions.

The best poetry has layers of meaning.

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Fairy Orbs Flicker

Fairy orbs flicker –
an invitation to seek
a celestial faith.
Darkness consumes my spirit
until the light fills my heart.

©2017 Colleen M. Chesebro


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Fairies and Fairy Orbs

“In the Beauty of the World lies the ultimate redemption of our mortality. When we shall become at one with nature in a sense profounder even than the poetic imaginings of most of us, we shall understand what now we fail to discern.” – FIONA MACLEOD.

Do you believe in fairies, or have you ever seen one?

I am convinced that ever since my encounter with a swamp fairy in Florida (you can read about that here) my fairy vision has increased. I have heard it said that once you see a fairy, your belief in them intensifies, and now, I can say I concur.

I see fairies, or maybe I should say I feel and hear them through my heart, and not always with my eyes. It is a feeling – belonging to a sacred and ancient energy or psychic vibration. I consider this ability to be a gift from nature itself. It is through my dreams I feel their presence the most. The fae responds to those of us who can feel the vibrations of nature.

Yesterday, I bought a solar powered fairy for my garden. I set the small statue in the sun to charge up the battery. I waited until it was dark and placed the statue on my pub table. Once I turned on the switch the fairy globe sparkled with an iridescent intensity. I stood, mesmerized by the beauty of the lights as they flashed on the ceiling. I decided to take a small video to share with my granddaughter.

You can imagine my surprise when a fairy orb appeared as I was filming. In the video, you will see a tiny green dot that hovers over the fairy and then disappears, only to reappear again at the end. I am not kidding you when I tell you that the fairies are always near to me. My life and writing have been enriched by their presence.

The fairy orbs I see are usually green in color. I figure the orbs are fairy auras. I see them because I have unlocked my heart to the presence of magic. My senses and telepathy are at work here. Depending on how open you are to the possibilities of seeing fairies, you will see them if you open your heart. Here is a fantastic article about fairy circles or orbs and digital photography.

Many folks believe the orbs are spirits of deceased relatives. I would never discount that phenomenon. We must consider that just because the scientific community hasn’t proven the experience, doesn’t mean the experience is not real. I am open to all possibilities. All I know is that I felt peaceful and happy after the orb appeared.

Now, watch my video again. The fairy orb moves and hovers over the statue. If the orb was a piece of dust caught in the lens of the camera, it would drift in the air currents in the room. Yet, my orb appears and disappears always coming closer to the fairy statue…

Fairy lore has been with us since the beginning of time. Of great interest to me is how the belief in the fairies seems to resurge during times of cultural and environmental upheaval. Fairies, like humans, are bound to nature. I have a theory that the fairies or little people appear to humans to emphasize that we must protect sacred areas of the earth. At least that is my interpretation. You will have to make your own assumptions.

As I write this post, the President of the United States is signing an executive order dismantling climate change legislation from the previous administration. Coincidence? I think not. The fairies know that we humans are affecting changes in the environment that we might not be able to reverse in the future.

The tiny, green orb is present near the plant in this picture at the right of the fairy’s wings.

There are many different types of fairies, and I have also been visited by the púca. My swamp fairy sighting was that of a puca. These are the fairy shapeshifters from Celtic folklore. They appear to me initially in the form of a bird and then transform into their natural fairy appearance of a tiny figure clothed in leaves and twigs. They always resemble the natural flora and fauna of where I have seen them.

This video shares my belief that birds and fairies are connected:

The idea of mummified remains and the fairy skeleton’s similarity to birds never entered my mind. However, if the artifacts are real, that would explain how they fly. It also makes sense that fairies exist in our realm.

Now that you’ve seen the evidence… what do you think?

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Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge # 27 – “Light & Dark”

Happy POETRY Tuesday everyone! We’ve changed our name to include three poetry forms!
Are you ready to get groovy with your poetry? Then, you’re in the right place! Pull up a chair, and let’s write some poetry.


It’s week 2 of our NEW poetry challenge. You can write your poem in one of the three forms defined below:

HAIKU in English



You can do one poem or try to do one of each. It’s up to you – YOUR CHOICE. The instructions follow below:


The haiku is a Japanese verse in three lines. Line one has 5 syllables, line 2 has 7 syllables, and line three has 5 syllables. Haiku is a mood poem, and it doesn’t use any metaphors or similes. 5/7/5.

Wikipedia explains:

“”Haiku” is a term sometimes loosely applied to any short, impressionistic poem, but there are certain characteristics that are commonly associated with the genre:

  • a focus on some aspect of nature or the seasons[1][2]
  • division into two asymmetrical sections, usually with a cut at the end of the first or second section, creating a juxtaposition of two subjects (e.g. something large and something small, something natural and something human-made, two unexpectedly similar things, etc.)
  • a contemplative or wistful tone and an impressionistic brevity[3][4][5]
  • elliptical “telegram style” syntax and no superfluous words
  • imagery predominates over ideas and statements, so that meaning is typically suggestive, requiring reader participation
  • avoidance of metaphor and similes
  • non-rhyming lines

Some additional traits are especially associated with English-language haiku (as opposed to Japanese-language haiku):

  • A three-line format with 17 syllables arranged in a 5–7–5 pattern;[2][a][6][7][8] or about 10 to 14 syllables,[9][10] which more nearly approximates the duration of a Japanese haiku[11] with the second line usually the longest. Some poets want their haiku to be expressed in one breath[12][13][14]
  • little or no punctuation or capitalization, except that cuts, are sometimes marked with dashes or ellipses, and proper nouns are usually capitalized.”


Tanka poems are based on syllable structure much the same way a Haiku is written in the 5/7/5 format.

The Tanka form is easy to create: 5/7/5/7/7 and is a Haiku with two extra lines, of 7 syllables each consisting of five separate lines.

What makes a Tanka different from a Haiku is that the first three lines (5/7/5) are the upper phase. This upper stage is where you create an image in your reader’s mind.

The last two lines (7/7) of a Tanka poem are called the lower phase. Now here is where it gets interesting. The lower stage, the final two lines, should express the poet’s ideas about the image that was created in the three lines above.

Visit Jean Emrich at tankaonline.com Quick Start Guide
CLICK THE LINK TO SEE THE EXAMPLES and to learn how to write a Tanka poem


NatureWriting.com shares how to write a Haibun poem. Please follow the rules carefully.

Writing Haibun

“The rules for constructing a haibun are simple.

  • Every haibun must begin with a title.
  • Haibun prose is composed of terse, descriptive paragraphs, written in the first person singular.
  • The text unfolds in the present moment, as though the experience is occurring now rather than yesterday or some time ago. In keeping with the simplicity of the accompanying haiku or tanka poem, all excessive words should be pared down or deleted. Nothing must ever be overstated.
  • The poetry never attempts to repeat, quote or explain the prose.
  • Instead, the poetry reflects some aspect of the prose by introducing a different step in the narrative through a microburst of detail.
  • Thus the poetry is a sort of juxtaposition – seemingly different yet somehow connected.

It is the discovery of this link between the prose and the poetry that offers one of the great delights of the haibun form. The subtle twist provided by an elegantly envisaged link, adds much pleasure to our reading and listening.

Some Common Forms of Modern Haibun

1. The basic unit of composition– one paragraph and one poem

We guide our canoe along the shores of beautiful Lake Esquagama. It is nine o’clock at night on this evening of the summer solstice. As the sun begins to dim the lake becomes still as glass. Along the shore, forests of birch are reflected in its mirrored surface, their ghostly white trunks disappearing into a green canopy. The only sound is a splash when our bow slices the water. We stop to rest the paddles across our knees, enjoying the peace. Small droplets from our wet blades create ever-widening circular pools. Moving on, closer to the fading shore, we savour these moments.

as a feather
on the breeze
the distant call
of a loon

2. The prose envelope – prose, then poem, then prose

Echoes of Autumn
I walk quietly in the late afternoon chill, birdsong silent, foliage deepened into shade, a rim of orange over darkening hills.

through soft mist
the repeated call
of one crow

Reaching the gate then crossing the threshold I breathe the scent of slow-cooking, the last embers of a fire, red wine poured into gleaming crystal, the table – set for two …

3. Poem then prose

(Rather than begin with a single tanka, I wrote a tanka set or sequence, followed by the prose. In contemporary haibun writing, the poems are occasionally presented in couplets or in longer groups).

The Road to Longreach
the coastal fringe
of green and blue
behind the gateway
to the outback

wheat, sorghum
and cotton stubble
in the autumn sun
as hawks patrol above

faces to the sky
the last blaze of colour
in the dryland’s
barren outlook

brown soil
of the rural strip
surrenders to
brick red, burnt ochre
of the open range

and further out –
in orange dust
a single cornstalk
displays its tassel

Days pass as we move through the desolate landscape, carved into two parts by the road we travel on, a continual ribbon drawing us straight ahead into its vanishing point, where only spinifex grass and saltbush lies between us and our destination.

4. The verse envelope — poem, prose, then poem

Winter Magic
silver light
thick hoar-frost
covers the window

Ice shapes resembling small fir trees stretch across the glass, while delicate snow flowers sparkle around them. Lost in its beauty, I move through this crystal garden as my warm fingers trace up and down, leaving a smudged pathway.
Mother’s voice interrupts, “Susan, come away from that cold window and get dressed or the school bus will leave without you!”

burning hoop pine
scent of a warm kitchen
oatmeal with brown sugar

5. Alternating prose and verse elements

The Sentinel
I climb round and round close to the outside wall, to avoid the railing where the stair treads narrow about their central post. A semi-circular platform rests high above. Its glass windows provide a sweeping view. Counting the last few steps, I finally reach the top of the Moreton Bay Lighthouse, where I gaze in awe at the ocean below.

the rising sun
an endless pathway
of molten gold

Outside the lighthouse, lamp is rotating. I disengage it as there is no need for its warning light. Now the bold red and white stripes of the lighthouse itself will become the beacon. I study the turbulence of the deep waters churning the rocky shore below. The subtle changes in the wind, waves, and tides are entered in my log book – these brief markers of the ever-transforming seascape that surrounds me.

ebb tide
a foot print shelters
one tiny crab”

Here are some great sites that will help you write your poetry and count syllables.


For Synonyms and Antonyms. When your word has too many syllables, find one that works.


Find out how many syllables each word has. I use this site for all my Haiku and Tanka poems. Click on the “Poetry Workshop” tab to create your Haiku or Tanka.


I will publish the Tuesday prompt post at 12: 03 A.M. Mountain Standard Time (Denver
That should give everyone time to see the prompt from around the world.


How Long Do You Have and Your Deadline: You have a week to complete the Challenge with a deadline of Monday at 12:00 P.M. (Noon)
Denver time, U. S. A. This will give me a chance to add the links from everyone’s poem post from the previous week, on the new prompt I send out on Tuesday. I urge everyone to visit the blogs and comment on everyone’s poem.

The rules are simple.

I will give you two words that you need to use (in some form) in the writing of your poetry. This will be a challenge in writing your Haibun poem. Follow the rules carefully.

The two words can be used in any way you would like to use them. Words have different definitions, and you can use the definitions you like. Feel free to use synonyms for the words when the poetry form calls for it.

LINK YOUR BLOG POST TO MINE WITH A PINGBACK. To do a Pingback: Copy the URL (the HTTP:// address of my post) for the current week’s Challenge and paste it into your post. You may also place a copy of your URL of your post in the comments of the current week’s Challenge post.

Because of the time difference between where you are, and I am, you might not think your link is there. I manually approve all links. People participating in the challenge may visit you and comment or “like” your post. I also need at least a Pingback or a link in the comments section to know you took part and to include you in the Weekly Review section of the new prompt on Tuesday.

BE CREATIVE. Use your photos and create “Visual POETRY” if you wish, although it is not necessary. Use whatever program you want to make your images.

As time permits, I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your POETRY

If you add these hashtags to your post TITLE (depending on which poetry form you use) your poetry may be viewed more often:

#Haiku, #Tanka, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines, #Haibun, #Prose

If you haven’t set up your blog to share to Twitter, you should. Click HERE to learn how to link your blog to Twitter. It is an excellent way to meet other poets and share your work.

You may copy the badge I have created to go with the Weekly Poetry Challenge Post and place it in your post:

HERE’S WHO JOINED US LAST WEEK FOR OUR 26th POETRY CHALLENGE USING THE WORDS – EARTH & WATER: (Please make sure to visit the other participants. We learn from each other. <3)

Reflections #WorldPoetryDay | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

The Elements – Reena Saxena

The cycle – Playing with words 

Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge – Haiku – Tanka – Haibun – Mick E Talbot Poems

Along the stream – Jane Dougherty Writes

Sakura- Haiku #WorldPoetryDay – The Moving Finger Writes

Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge #26 Earth & Water | Annette Rochelle Aben


“Awakening Dawn” – A Haibun #WorldPoetryDay – Colleen Chesebro ~ Fairy Whisperer

A New Day Dawns – A #Tanka – Colleen Chesebro ~ Fairy Whisperer

Planting Seeds (Haiku) | Darkness of His Dreams

Cycles (a tanka) | Darkness of His Dreams

Dusk (Tanka) – Thoughts of Words

Earth & Water | thoughts and entanglements

Haibun/ Earth and water Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge / week  – சுழல்கள்/Suzhalgal

Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge #26 | K Y R O S M A G I C A

Tanka – Earth & Water | radhikasreflection

River to the Stars: #Haibun | Yesterday and today: Merril’s historical musings

Innovative Solutions | The Syllabub Sea

Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge # 26 – EARTH & WATER/DeepikasRamblings

Please let me know if you like the Poet of the Week section in the comments, so I know whether to continue it.

This week’s Poet of the Week is Jane. Her Haibun poem called “Along the Stream,” is an excellent example of a Haibun. Remember the prose part in always written in the first person. The Haiku or Tanka poem attached to your prose should reflect some aspect of the prose by introducing a different step in the narrative through a microburst of detail. Jane’s Tanka at the end illustrations this point.

For many of us, writing a Haibun was a new poetry form. Bravo to everyone who tried writing one. The key to writing these poetry forms is following the directions and finding the pivot (this includes Haiku and Tanka). WELL DONE!

There is deep earth here and running water and I understand only a fraction of its life. Here and there, from willow roots sunk in the damp soil, sprout clumps of purple flowers, leafless and stemless, with their mouths like a turtle’s beak. Feet sink into yellow tangles of celandine, and the wind cuts as sharp as new brambles. Overhead the sky is stuffed full of woolly grey cloud as thick and damp as an old mattress left out in the rain. The silence is full—running water, the mew of buzzards, woodpecker tapping, and the cry of the orioles weave a torrent of bright sound always in movement, never still.

Life teems in water and burrows, in earths and in nests. And so does death. Fox was hunting here last night beneath the moon, slipping through the mist. Blossom drifts now in the early morning rain, spent, white and pink, to lie in the wet grass. Spring, the turbulent season is here.

Dog whines in the night

sharp scents waft beneath the door

restless shadows creep.

A half-finished meal, was bird,

was mother, lies on cold stone.

© 2017 Jane Dougherty Writes

Here are the two words for this week’s challenge: LIGHT & DARK

(any forms of the words AND don’t forget to use synonyms)

There are many different meanings to these words. Have fun and experiment. If the prompt words don’t Inspire you… write a POEM based on the photo BELOW:

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Edgar Cayce and The Fairies


The beginning of the fairy world started with the Moirai, or the Fates, directly related to Greek Mythology. There were three fates: Clotho, the spinner; Lachesis, the allotter, and Atropos, the unturnable. The fates controlled life for every human from birth to death.

Here is a great discussion of Edgar Cayce’s beliefs in fairies, angels, and other unseen forces. I love the section that talks about the elementals, as quoted below:

“The following is his archetypal being for each of the four elements:[4]

Do you want to know the difference between fairies and angels? Angels come from heaven, not nature, like the fairies. ❤

Watch the video and let me know what you think.

I believe

A New Day Dawns – A #Tanka

Focus on the image below and breathe… Use your five senses and experience a new day.

Deep in the forest
pine needle musk scents the air
near a babbling brook.
Rising dawn yellows the sky
announcing a brand new day.

©2017 Colleen M. Chesebro

Forest = earth, and brook = water: Part of my poetry challenge. ❤

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WRITING CHALLENGE: See It, Write It – PLUS! A Special Announcement About My First Word Weaver WRITING CONTEST

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This week’s writing challenge looks kinda hard, so a LOT of you are not gonna wanna do it, but you’re ALL gonna wanna hear about the SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT.

First, the writing challenge. Hey, no pain, no gain.

Here is a road rage scene from the movie Marathon Man. Watch it…

Okay, NOW what I want you to do is one of three things. (Extra points for number three)


  1. Describe the place where dramatic irony occurs. Can you introduce that in a written scene? How would you do it? (Don’t know what dramatic irony is? Join the club.) OR
  2. Describe the action in the chase scene between the Mercedes Driver (The Nazi) and the Caprice driver (The Jewish Guy). Can you write that scene? Why or why not? OR
  3. The place where the nanny is crossing the street and the little girl…

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Useful Sites for the Novice Writer – Medium


I found this great article by Richard Ankers on Medium. There are some great links here! 

Website and submission advice for the new to writing.

Source: Useful Sites for the Novice Writer – Medium

“Awakening Dawn” – A Haibun #WorldPoetryDay

Welcome to my contribution to my weekly #Poetry Challenge, where you can write your own Haiku, Tanka, or Haibun using the prompt words of earth and water. Today is #WorldPoetryDay!

This week, I decided to try my hand at a Haibun. This is my first attempt, and I think I am hooked. I chose alternating prose and verse as my style (prose, Haiku, prose, Haiku). I kept the word “earth,” and used “tears,” for water.

Both words have many connotations. Depending on how you use your synonyms you can alter the meaning of your prose & poetry in many ways. Don’t be afraid to experiment with synonyms. Sometimes subtle meanings pack the most punch in your poetry. Play with the words for different reactions.

The best poetry has layers of meaning.

Image credit: Pinterest: Writeathome: Quotes on Writing

Please link your poem contribution to my post found here.

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Awakening Dawn – A Haibun

I trudge through brown stalks of prairie grasses sprouting from the dry earth as swirling dust devils dance around me. The land is parched, and a dirty grime hangs in the air. I taste a fine grit on my tongue and smell the acrid scent of smoke from a fire whose embers still glow like citron on the horizon. Loss overwhelms me and tears slip from my eyes.

death sticks to this place
barren and without appeal
just the strong survive

Sadly, I turn toward a copse of brilliantly colored trees, a temporary detour from my usual path. From within the whirling yellow leaves of a Quaking Aspen, a Lark Bunting soars into the gray dawn singing the song of the meadow fairy.

shifting perceptions
while my awareness expands
enchantment appears

© 2017 Colleen M. Chesebro

Use these hashtags to tag your post and to Tweet each other’s poems

#Haiku, #Tanka, #5lines, #micropoetry, #poetry, #Haibun

Go on Twitter and search for these hashtags. There are tons of great poems to read and retweet.”

Don’t forget to join in and share your Haiku, Tanka, or Haibun using the words: EARTH & WATER, or if you need some visual inspiration, write your poem and tell us of your feelings and descriptions from the photo below:



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