“The Fairy Witches,” A #Tanka

The prompt words for my Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge are charm and time, from which to find your synonyms. For charm, I’m using sorcery, and for time, I’m using spells.


The Fairy Witches


Ancient sorcery –
spells shared to nourish others,
a benevolence
toward well being, not gain
my love shared, rewards received.

© 2018 Colleen M. Chesebro

Magic and witchcraft are blended into the Fairy-Faith of the ancients. It was believed that humans, magicians, and sorceresses received powers from the fairies. Primeval witches were mostly healers who cared for the people of their clans or tribes. They were herbalists and midwives who tended the sick and infirm. Most early witches claimed their powers of healing came from the fae folk who bestowed their knowledge of magic to the humans through witches. This knowledge caused witches to remove themselves from society. The cost was high.

Lairbehan.blogspot.com shares:

“The magic of the Good Neighbors that was taught to these witches – what I, in modern practice call Fairy Witchcraft – was about empowering the powerless and giving the witch a way to meet their own needs and to ensure their own safety. It was knowledge and magic that removed the person, to some degree, from human society and this removal made them dangerous because it realigned their allegiance in unpredictable ways. This is magic that is meant to effect real change for the benefit of the witch, not necessarily for some nebulous greater good.”

The first fairy witch I ever read about was Morgan le Fay, from the King Arthur legends. The fables share that Morgan Le Fay resided on the Isle of Avalon. She was considered to be magical and one of the fairy people, but also a witch. It is said that Morgan Le Fay took King Arthur to the magical Isle of Avalon as his last resting place after he succumbed to Mordred’s sword at the Battle of Camlann.

Fairies and witches have a long history together. As a paranormal fantasy author, it is a pleasure to explore those possibilities through my poetry and writing. ❤

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Published by Colleen M. Chesebro

An avid reader, Colleen M. Chesebro rekindled her love of writing poetry after years spent working in the accounting industry. These days, she loves crafting syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and creative fiction and nonfiction. In addition to poetry books, Chesebro’s publishing career includes participation in various anthologies featuring short stories, flash fiction, and poetry. She’s an avid supporter of her writing community on Word Craft Poetry.com by organizing and sponsoring a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called #TankaTuesday, where participants experiment with traditional and current forms of Japanese and American syllabic poetry. Chesebro is an assistant editor of The Congress of the Rough Writers Flash Fiction Anthology & Gitty Up Press, a micro-press founded by Charli Mills and Carrot Ranch. In January 2022, Colleen founded Unicorn Cats Publishing Services to assist poets and authors in creating eBooks and print books for publication. In addition, she creates affordable book covers for Kindle and print books. Chesebro lives in the house of her dreams in mid-Michigan surrounded by the Great Lakes with her husband and two (unicorn) cats, Chloe & Sophie.

38 thoughts on ““The Fairy Witches,” A #Tanka

    1. I agree. I always feel like we tapped into the divine with our benevolence. I feel that more intensely each day. My meditation this morning was amazing. My poetic inspiration came from above today. ❤

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    1. Yes. I have this in my “creative room.” My granddaughters made the fairy houses for me. It was great fun. I have my rocks and crystals there too. My rune stones are usually there on the table too. ❤

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    1. Exactly. My mind and heart remain open, rejecting no one. We are all different but can certainly work toward benevolence together. If we all try to do good things, we will definitely change our world. ❤

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    1. I have been reading a lot about that too. LOL! I love my crystal work and meditation. I feel like a new woman. This summer, I am going to grow some herbs and start working with teas. ❤

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      1. That’s so cool! I could vividly imagine that you and I were witches in a former life… lol! I often say that I am convinced that I was burned on a pile in one of my former lives… lol!

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        1. LOL! You know about my other blog right? The Sisters of the Fey? I totally agree with you, Erika and it amazes me how we all seem to find each other. I’m writing a four-part story right now about Slavic witches. I’ll keep you posted on my progress. ❤

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          1. Yes, I know about that other blog too! Oh, yes, it amazes me too and modern technology makes it easier. That sounds interesting about the new story you are writing. Thank you for keeping me updated!!

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    1. You’re welcome, Colline. I’m writing some short stories and the research is so fun. Happy Easter. ❤

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    1. I love the Canterbury Tales. One of my favorite books. I checked it out of my elementary school library so many times. LOL! A great fantasy and love story. ❤

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  1. Colleen, your tanka is lovely and I enjoyed reading about the fairy witches. I always learn something new when I visit your blog. Love and hugs, dear friend.

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