Beltane’s Song – A #Haibun #Tanka #flashfiction

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I’m short on time today because I played in the dirt yesterday, so I’m combining my Tanka Tuesday poetry challenge with the Carrot flash fiction challenge, with those rules below. Click HERE to learn more about this week’s Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge.

May 3, 2018, Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) use a line in your story. You can think of the variation of the word meaning, or you can think of visual references. Go where the prompt leads.

Respond by May 15, 2018. Use the comment section below to share, read and be social. You may leave a link, pingback or story in the comments.

Rules are here.


I plunged my hands into the soil feeling the remains of winter’s damp. I smiled as the sun’s abundant rays covered me in a blanket of warmth and opulence. Today brings the first indication that a line has been crossed from winter into spring.

Consecrating life –

Goddess fertility thrives,

Beltane’s assurance.

Birds cantillate, flowers bloom,

crops sprout neath the flower moon.

Spring has always been my favorite time of year. Beltane is halfway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. Beltane honors new life. It represents that Spring is underway, and Summer is just around the corner.

© 2018 Colleen M. Chesebro


These are newest finch babies in my garden, measuring about two inches long. Both the mother and father were mad that I climbed the ladder to photograph their offspring nestled beneath the overhang under our front porch. I lulled the parents’ frazzled nerves with fresh water and rich black nyjer seeds in the back garden. Happy Spring!

Have the best day ever

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 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.

25 thoughts on “Beltane’s Song – A #Haibun #Tanka #flashfiction

    1. Thanks, Sis. Thank you for the label for your book. Now, I feel like you autographed it. Hugs. ❤

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    1. Thanks, Merril. Ive never seen such tiny babies. They have feathers too. If you knew how cold it was when those itty bitties hatched… whew! Glad they survived! 😍❤️

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    1. I thought you would love the babies. Enjoy your trip. Can’t wait to see your pictures when you get back. ❤️

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      1. Yes, we talked about the babies, and I love the way you distracted the parents and got the photos taken. We get to go to Denali this time. We missed by one week the last trip because the train stopped at the end of the summer season. ❤

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