“Finding the Heart Stone,” A Haibun

Welcome to my contribution to my Weekly Poetry Challenge, where you can write your own Haiku, Tanka, or Haibun using the prompt words of “stone and turn.” The words were perfect for me this week.

Journey with me into the magic of the horizontal realm from The Heart Stone Chronicles – The Meadow Fairy, to be published in the spring of 2018.

I stood at the muddy edge of the barren field gazing at the leafless tree located near its center. Before me stood a massive cottonwood tree bursting with hefty trunks growing in different directions battered by the howling prairie winds. At the top, the branches grew into a tangle as if the wind had forced the limbs to grow into a muddled canopy sheltering that which remained buried below.

I stepped forward, and my feet seemed to move of their own accord. I plowed my way through the half frozen puddles that remained from the last snow, dirty slush squishing beneath my boots. Somehow I knew it was imperative that I reach the tree.

A desire so great
seethed deep within me – coaxing,
a provocation.
Always there calling my name
whispering songs from the nymphs.

As I grew closer, I noticed an icy crust of snow which swirled around the base of the enormous tree trunks like a woolen scarf wrapped around a chilly neck. Half buried, and partly exposed, I discovered the heart-shaped green calcite fairy stone. The snow had melted exposing the rough hewn upper portion, and rivulets of water formed a streamlet around the base of the rock like a moat rimming a castle fortress.

My own calcite pendant inherited from the calcite stone of my ancestor’s pulses and reflects the colors of the rainbow in the pools of melted snow around me. The heart responds to the heart, and the fairy Rath lifts.

I turn when I feel my eyes drawn to the tangled branches above. My hand covers my mouth in surprise as I watch the golden bee hive appear. It hangs, suspended in a timeless and hazy dimension filled with the ancient gifts from the gods. Gilded honey drips and the bees fall to the ground.

My quest has begun –
the sacred heart stone revealed,
the answers I seek.
Yet questions turn in my head.
What is slaughtering the bees?

© 2017 Colleen M. Chesebro

This tiny heart stone is what prompted the name of my YA paranormal/fantasy, The Heart Stone Chronicles. Book One, The Swamp Fairy is available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited.

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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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  1. I like how introduce a mystery in this poem. 🙂

  2. You are so good at this!

  3. Wow, another book coming up! You are amazing, Colleen!!

  4. Another beautiful piece, Colleen! Happy Friday! 🙂

  5. I love fairies. Everybody in my office (when I was working) knew about that. To the extent that, for my retirement party, someone gave me a beautiful hardcover pop-up Fairy book. I love your story and the Haibun!

    • Miriam, thank you for your kind words. My “fairies” are fairy-nymphs based loosely off of the elementals in Greek Mythology. My books are all climate-literature related with the theme of saving our planet before it’s too late. <3

      • I’m not into Greek Mythology, but just the little bit that I’m exposed to, I like it. The theme of one book I read almost word for word, s based on 24 positive elements in Greek Mythology. I think saving the planet before it’s too late is a reality. Your book must be very interesting!

  6. Ah, very good indeed, Colleen.

  7. Glad to hear your new book is on its journey to publication.

  8. Lovely, Colleen. I’m looking forward to your book, but I do not understand where you get the time to write and do all these different blog posts. You amaze me. Hugs.

    • Michelle, thank goodness I can type fast. LOL! I will be hunkered down for the next few months working hard on this book. I want to stay involved in our precious community so I try to carve time out to interact. I spend a lot of time in my own head so it is important for me to interact. Hugs and love! <3

  9. Pingback: Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 49 #Haiku #Tanka #Haibun: Soar & Wait – 🌼Colleen Chesebro Fairy Whisperer 🌼

  10. Ah, I am so looking forward to this one and I bet you know why 🙂

  11. We’ll that’s intriguing Colleen… what a place to stop! Are you onto your next book already? I love how you worked your poem into the theme of your book… very clever! 😊

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