“Celebrate the Summer Solstice,” A Tanka Poem


I’ve stretched the limits of my Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge this week, but I have a good reason as you will see below. In my Tanka poem, I used “cheer,” for praise, and “feed the fires,” for excite.

This is also a book cover reveal!

Please join me on Thursday, June 21st, to help me celebrate the release of my first book of poetry and short stories called, “Fairies, Myths, & Magic ~ A Summer Celebration.” This book is written as a tribute to the Summer Solstice.

Fairies, Myths, & Magic Final

Book Cover design by Wendy Anne Darling ~ Bookxeedo Book Covers


Celebrate the Summer Solstice

This summer solstice—
cheer the balmy rising sun
Litha blessings flow.
Triumph the light over dark,
feed the fires of midsummer.

© 2018 Colleen M. Chesebro

Stayed tuned to learn about the special introductory price which will be announced on June 21st. ❤

Good morning friends

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.

81 thoughts on ““Celebrate the Summer Solstice,” A Tanka Poem

  1. Oh sis… I am thrilled to hear this news! Celebrate? I can only imagine that the vibrations of happiness shall lift even the most stubborn and send the supportive, even higher. Rock it Sis! Rock it!!! ❤

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        1. LOL! I suppose we are at that point. I’m still working on book 2 The Meadow Fairy and the Sisters of the Fey Novella. 😀

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  2. Magical Tanka, Colleen, and I LOVE the cover! Woo-hoo! Wish we could celebrate in person but will enjoy the online festivities nonetheless. Kudos and hugs, Sis ❤️❤️❤️

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    1. Thanks, Sis! I’m excited. It feels good to share my passion for the summer solstice. Wendy did great on the cover. She’s a gem for putting up with me. LOL! ❤

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  3. So thrilled for you sis. I feel like I’ve been on this journey with you. ❤ You know I'll reblog this next week! ❤ OH, and loveeeeeee the cover!!!!! xxxx

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    1. Thanks, Sis. You Sisters have been on the journey with me. I’m blessed with your friendship, mentoring, and love. ❤

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  4. Oooh. Lovely cover, Colleen. I love the magical font and the rich colors. Congrats on the book! My grandson is a solstice baby so we’ll be playing on a bouncy castle on the solstice, but I’ll be by to pick up your new book too! Happy Solstice. ❤

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    1. Happy birthday to your sweet grandson. He is surely blessed to be a solstice baby. HOW cool! Thanks so much for your support, Diana. Wendy and I worked hard on this cover. It took quite a bit of work, but she is a gem at design. ❤

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    1. Thank you, kindly, Brigid. This is my passion writing. I hope it will bring a smile or nod. Hugs for your sweet comments. ❤

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        1. Such an amazing journey, Brigid! I enjoyed this book so much. I hope you write more about your many skills. This review will be on my blog tomorrow. ❤️❤️❤️

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  5. This is a wonderful surprise, Colleen! Congratulations! The book cover is lovely. I also enjoyed your Tanka. Wishing you all the best with your new release! ❤ xx

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    1. Thanks, Vashti. I’m writing like crazy so I figured I had better get some books out. More to come this summer. ❤

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    1. Thanks, Jan! Wendy Anne Darling is a whiz with covers and she’s reasonable. Hugs for your support. ❤

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    1. Thanks, Lisa. This was so fun to write. Great beach reading. LOL! 😀 ❤


    1. Hi, Lisbet. Thank you. 😀 It’s been a wonderful launch! I know what you mean about summer! Enjoy this time while it’s warm (or hot) 😀 ❤

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