“Honoring the First Day of Spring,” A #Double Etheree

For my poetry challenge this week, I chose the words, Vernal Equinox for spring, and chant(ing) for sing. Considering we also have a full moon tonight, I can’t wait to see what blows in on the wind.

To celebrate this first day of spring, I’d like to introduce you to the Slavic Goddess, Vesna. I wrote an article about her on the Sisters of the Fey blog. You can read it HERE.

Wikipedia.com shares:

“The word “vesna” is still the poetic word for “spring” in the Slovene language,[2] as well as Czech and Slovak. In Russian, Polish, Ukrainian and Belarusian languages vesna/wiosna is the actual word for spring. The month February is sometimes named vesnar in Slovene language.[2] In Serbian, the word vesnik is used to denote someone who heralds or brings about springtime.”

“In Slovene mythology, the beautiful women called “vesnas” lived in palaces atop mountains where they discussed the fate of crops and of human inhabitants. A magical circle around their palaces kept them from leaving the mountain top except during February, when they would travel in wooden carts down to the valleybelow. Only certain people were capable of hearing them singing. People who snuck up to their mountain palaces might learn their fates, but risked an unpleasant end if they were caught by the vesnas.[2]

Vesna, Slavic Goddess of Spring

Honoring the First Day of Spring


Praise
Vesna
the Slavic
Goddess of Spring
and fertility,
who declares victory
over the cold of winter,
by bringing forth new life this day,
and returning the light from the dark
past of winter's inhospitable chill.
Exalt the Vernal Equinox on this
full moon night, with chanting and dancing
as we carry clay birds adorned
with brightly colored flowers
to bless our fields in your
ethereal glow.
All hail, Vesna
The patron
of new
life.

© 2019 Colleen M. Chesebro
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67 thoughts on ““Honoring the First Day of Spring,” A #Double Etheree”

  1. Pingback: Colleen’s 2019 #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge Recap No. 128, #SynonymsOnly – The Faery Whisperer

  2. Oh gosh, what a lot a dog poet learns from reading others poems. Me and B love your poem especially the phrase ‘… victory over the cold of winter…’ It reminds me of the words of a song we play, “Underground, but undefeated, winter turns to spring.”

    1. Oh, I love the sound of that. This winter has been brutal here in Colorado. I’ve had some health issues which require me to move to a lower elevation. We’ve started our adventure to move to Albuquerque, New Mexico. It’s warmer there too. <3

  3. This is perfect for any year at this time. It is timeless and beautiful. It snowed today in Prescott and has been gloomy all day. I’m ready for the air to warm just a bit and the sun to warm the soil and bring out the first blooms of spring. I chose this post to link to your comment in Story Chat. It’s a great poem, Colleen. 🙂

          1. Snow expected tomorrow, rain and blustery today. Time for a warm vacay. We are meeting friends from Phoenix for lunch tomorrow. That will be fun.

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