“Mother Nature’s Con,” A #Haiku

Hello! It feels good to be back writing poetry again. I’ve missed all of you. The challenge words this week for Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge were “stark and trap.” I’ve been trying to figure out ways to challenge the participants because you’ve all gotten so darn good! I’ve continued on the theme that you can’t use the prompt words except to find synonyms to use in their stead. Fun? I hope so. It sure made me think and choose my words differently.

Stark = severe

Trap = con

Severe conditions –
brilliant sunny, windy days,
Mother Nature’s con.

© 2017 Colleen M. Chesebro

Our weather has been abnormally dry and warm in Colorado this year. I can’t remember the last time it rained. The last couple of days have brought cold with nary a cloud in the sky.

None of this bodes well for those of us that live where the wild winds can cause wildfires. As you can see, there is plenty of fuel in the fields surrounding our housing area. It is a bit of grassland that I like to wander in to connect with the meadow fairies.

It’s time to pray for rain.

Thanks for stopping by! <3

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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. Loved it Colleen!!!!

  2. Sending you good thoughts and some rain :-). Lovely haiku!

  3. I hope you get some rain soon, Colleen!

  4. I’ll try to send some of our rain your way…(dancing)…(K)

  5. Welcome back! Sending Angels, to seed the rain clouds

  6. Lovely poem, Colleen! Thanks for sharing, Hopefully, rain is on the way. 🙂

  7. Warm and dry over there… freezing over here!

  8. A great poem, Colleen.

  9. Yes! A Great haiku. Works for New England too. 💨

  10. Oops! I didn’t do synonyms☺. Next time☺

  11. I like yours:)

  12. I love your haiku. It’s so appropriate no matter where you live. It seems no matter where one lives, there is crazy weather.

  13. It is good to read your poetry , too. I really like this one.

    • Oh, thanks, Viva. The wind has been howling here today. No rain. We had a few flurries last night – that was it. I figure Mother Nature is going to bomb us with snow at some point. <3

  14. Brilliant, Colleen! A metaphor for life 🙂 ❤

  15. The landscape does look crispy, Colleen. Lovely haiku, but a hint of danger in there. I hope you get some rain!

    • I’m rather worried, Diana. In early November we had a skiff of snow and then nothing since. It’s warm and windy. With the dryness everything is full of static. We live on the edge of an area that burned a few years back. All we can do is pray for rain! <3

      • My parents live in Western CO, Colleen, and fires are a constant concern. I hope your holidays are wet and safe. <3

        • Oh, yes. The mountains have only had a skiff of snow too. Pikes Peak is dusted – or was until we hit the 60’s the other day. I am just at the northern edge of Colorado Springs. I hope your folks are safe and that the fires don’t materialize. <3

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  17. What a delight😄

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