“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 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.

40 thoughts on ““Mother Nature’s Con,” A #Haiku”

  1. Ritu – A writer and blogger who teaches, and is a wife and mother too. Enjoy my ramblings on life, love and literature. 💖
    Ritu says:

    Loved it Colleen!!!!

      1. Ritu – A writer and blogger who teaches, and is a wife and mother too. Enjoy my ramblings on life, love and literature. 💖
        Ritu says:

        🤗💜🤗

  2. merrildsmith – I am a historian, writer, and poet. My books have mainly focused on history, sexuality, and gender, and my most recent book is a reference book, Sexual Harassment. My blog is mainly poetry and musings about the world around me.
    merrildsmith says:

    I hope you get some rain soon, Colleen!

      1. merrildsmith – I am a historian, writer, and poet. My books have mainly focused on history, sexuality, and gender, and my most recent book is a reference book, Sexual Harassment. My blog is mainly poetry and musings about the world around me.
        merrildsmith says:

        Good luck!

  3. memadtwo – For more madness, follow me on Instagram @h_zimel methodtwomadness is a blog of two friends, Nina and Kerfe kblog is Kerfe's solo branch on the tree
    memadtwo says:

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

  4. Annette Rochelle Aben – Westland, MI – My life is ALL ABOUT being a COMMUNICATOR, so I write/publish books, (find my on Amazon) articles, essays, poetry, heck I love writing LETTERS. I am also a host/producer of internet radio shows; (find me on Blog Talk Radio) my own shows as well as shows that other people host. Since I was a little girl I have been a singer and fronted bands for years. People everywhere are wearing my jewelry and eating the food I create and sell. In my spare time I am a mentor/guide for others along their personal and professional paths. Thank you for joining me here and be sure to let me know what I can help YOU with!
    Annette Rochelle Aben says:

    Welcome back! Sending Angels, to seed the rain clouds

  5. Natalie Ducey – Ontario, Canada – Cheers, I'm Natalie. As a content creator, I'm passionate about sharing informative content to help fuel online success. I love connecting with others and sharing design and creativity tips, social media marketing strategies, and blogging tips and resources. On this site, I share tips and short tutorials to help others tap into their creative side and build confidence in the design and marketing process. Creativity fuels my soul and paying it forward is my motto. I’m thrilled that you're here, and delighted to join you on this fantastic journey!
    Natalie Ducey says:

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

  6. Erika – The purpose of my blog is to inspire and shine a light on the beauty and power of the wonderful being inside your body. You came into this world to share what only you can give. Remember who you really are, conquer the world the way you always wanted to, and become the blessing to us all that you were meant to be.
    Erika Kind says:

    Warm and dry over there… freezing over here!

      1. Erika – The purpose of my blog is to inspire and shine a light on the beauty and power of the wonderful being inside your body. You came into this world to share what only you can give. Remember who you really are, conquer the world the way you always wanted to, and become the blessing to us all that you were meant to be.
        Erika Kind says:

        Hope it gets back to normal soon at your side of the globe!

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

  8. jazzytower – Brooklyn, New York – Welcome to Thoughts and Entanglements! I Live and work in NYC... I write poetry and dabble in photography. I don't claim to be an expert in any of the above, it just makes me feel good! All photos are mine unless stated otherwise. Visitors are always welcome and I love hearing from you. Thanks for stopping by!!
    jazzytower says:

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

  9. jazzytower – Brooklyn, New York – Welcome to Thoughts and Entanglements! I Live and work in NYC... I write poetry and dabble in photography. I don't claim to be an expert in any of the above, it just makes me feel good! All photos are mine unless stated otherwise. Visitors are always welcome and I love hearing from you. Thanks for stopping by!!
    jazzytower says:

    I like yours:)

  10. macjam47 – Maineville, OH – I am an avid reader who loves to share my thoughts about the books I read. Other activities I enjoy are doing things with my grandchildren, baking and cooking, gardening, Pilates, and deep water exercise.
    macjam47 says:

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

      1. macjam47 – Maineville, OH – I am an avid reader who loves to share my thoughts about the books I read. Other activities I enjoy are doing things with my grandchildren, baking and cooking, gardening, Pilates, and deep water exercise.
        macjam47 says:

        And snow in Atlanta today!

    1. 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

  11. Tina Frisco – Tina Frisco is an author, singer-songwriter, RN, activist, and student of shamanism. Born in Pennsylvania USA, she attended nursing school in New York and lives in California. She began writing as a young child and received her first guitar at age 14, which launched her passion for music and songwriting. She has performed publicly in many different venues. Her publishing history includes book reviews; essays; articles in the field of medicine; her début novel, PLATEAU; her children's book, GABBY AND THE QUADS; and her latest novel, VAMPYRIE. She enjoys writing, reading, music, dancing, arts and crafts, exploring nature, and frequently getting lost in working crossword puzzles.
    Tina Frisco says:

    Brilliant, Colleen! A metaphor for life 🙂 ❤

  12. D. Wallace Peach – 30 Miles beyond the edge of civilization, Oregon – I'm an adventurer in writing, peering under rocks in my garden for secret magic. I can't stop writing. My stories want to explode from my head. They demand my attention and surge from my fingertips faster than I can put them to paper. I love what I do.
    D. Wallace Peach says:

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

    1. 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

      1. D. Wallace Peach – 30 Miles beyond the edge of civilization, Oregon – I'm an adventurer in writing, peering under rocks in my garden for secret magic. I can't stop writing. My stories want to explode from my head. They demand my attention and surge from my fingertips faster than I can put them to paper. I love what I do.
        D. Wallace Peach says:

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

        1. 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

  13. The Thrifty Campers – The Globe – Just an ordinary couple exploring the back roads living in the woods, with out a base to turn to, jumping from one place to another. Meanwhile, trying to survive nature one day at a time by using thrifty finds and having a thrifty sense.
    The Thrifty Campers says:

    What a delight😄

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