“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.

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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

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About Colleen Chesebro: WordCraftPoetry

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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26 Comments

  1. Beautifully done, Colleen. Changing our angle of perception changes the world.

  2. i really enjoyed this and like this form very much )

  3. Haibun, eh? It appears you gave a beautiful example, so I know I have great footsteps to follow. <3

    • This took a long time to write and I had to think about the two opposites I wanted to show. Another glimpse into “The Meadow Fairy.” Take your time and really follow the instructions and I know you will have an amazing Haibun to share! <3

  4. Wow, I love the shift you took in here which shows that all we feel is only a decision!

  5. Beautifully done, Colleen. I love how the awareness strikes–a change in perception.

  6. Such Awesome Spectacular-ness . 😎🌹🌹🌹

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