“A Season of Trees,” #haiku sequence

This haiku sequence is for dVerse (Frank Tassone is hosting) and for Tanka Tuesday using the inspirational theme quote from Sue Vincent:

“Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth.”

Herman Hesse

I like to create haiku sequences dedicated to a theme, or to share a narrative of some sort, or to reinforce a central idea. Haiku are perfect for longer form stanza poetry.

skeleton bare trees
ebony sky silhouettes
winter's artistry
a lace of new leaves
encircles a sparrow's nest
rosy blossoms fall
silk-soft leaves of green
touch the cerulean sky
summer melodies
Autumn leaves foretell
dryad secrets faint whisper
only death brings truth

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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.
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  1. I enjoyed the movement of these haiku through the four seasons.

  2. A really nuce journey throught the seasons


  3. These are beautiful Colleen! 🌟😊🌟

  4. I liked the descriptions moving through the seasons–ebony sky silhouettes and lace of new leaves. That’s funny that we both combined these challenges.

  5. Exquisitely beautiful!

  6. Lovely stanzas!

  7. Beautifully done! I liked this stanza…
    a lace of new leaves
    encircles a sparrow’s nest
    rosy blossoms fall

  8. Your images are so vivid and rich! I like how you invite us into the midst of nature and then tell us the truth! Nicely done!

  9. I too, have a love for trees. Beautiful poetry!

  10. Lovely, Colleen. xx

  11. Absolutely agree with everything said . Your words bring us the magic of trees 💜💜💜

  12. Beautiful. I find trees very inspiring and a source of strength, and your poems convey that beautifully. Thanks, Colleen.

  13. Very nicely done, Colleen. I love the familiar picture of tree silhouettes conveyed by the first haiku, we have some spooky ones around here, and delicate approach in the lace of new leaves encircling a sparrow’s nest.

  14. The trees keep time with the seasons. (K)

  15. Beautiful Colleen!

  16. Splendid, Colleen. Your imagery draws one in and gives the feeling of being there. I love haiku sequences and yours flow very nicely.

  17. Leaves and trees tell us much throughout the seasons.

  18. A pleasant walk through the seasons. We did get some rain… but I’m looking forward to autumn. I can wait a bit for the truth of winter 😉

    • Oh, gosh… I can’t wait until October when it cools down. We have temperatures predicted in the 119 degrees F. range today for parts of Phoenix. We don’t get quite that hot, but close enough.

  19. A lovely seasonal images of trees!

  20. A lovely seasonal images of the tree!

  21. Totally makes my heart sing! <3

  22. These are so beautiful, Colleen! 🙂

  23. Wonderful reinforcement of the theme by the use of the haiku sequence Colleen.. something else to practice hugs ♥

  24. love how you focused on the seasons, well done!

  25. kaykuala

    Beautiful progression from Wintry White to Autumn Brown, Colleen, just as the prompt had asked for


  26. You painted beautiful images of the four seasons with your words, Sis! Gorgeous poem. <3 xo

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  28. Your seasonal haiku are always brilliant. This quartet matches really well.

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  30. Colleen,

    This haiku sequence has been published at The Skeptic’s Kaddish – thank you so much for sharing it with me!



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