Blog Update 8/6/2020: “Cantaloupe” #haiku

As my Sister of the Fey, Debby Gies said to me, “Oy Vey, what a week it’s been! I apologize for all the blog craziness. WordPress is working through the issues and my posts have migrated over from the business plan. I’m still missing my Pages and featured images. Anyway, we’ll muddle through and I’ll keep cleaning up my blog. It was time to update some things, anyway.

In the meantime, here is a haiku for the Poet’s Choice Challenge with a kigo which means “season word” in Japanese. Kigo are used to define the time of the year, and they are valuable in providing economy of expression. Since haiku are mostly nature related, the use of a kigo sets the theme for your poem.

leaves kissed by the sun
lazy, hazy summertime
sweet melons ripen

©2020 Colleen M. Chesebro

In Phoenix, and my part of the desert in northern Buckeye, we’ve had gruesome heat. For over 32 days in a row we’ve recorded temperatures at 110 degrees F. or higher, breaking most of the old records. My garden has suffered and I’ve lost several plants even though they’re connected to the drip system in my back garden. I’ll wait until this fall to replace them.

On a whim, I threw out some cantaloupe seeds a few months back. Surprise! They sprouted and grew. I hope we get a few nice melons out of the batch.

Enjoy the rest of the rest of your week. The cover reveal for my new book, Word Craft ~ Prose & Poetry: The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry is almost ready! Stay tuned.

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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 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 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 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
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  1. So lovely and summery, Colleen. I love the summertime. 🙂

  2. I can’t abide melon, but I loved your haiku!

  3. I really do hope you get back to normal very soon it must be all very stressful. Keep cool and live the look of those Melons 💜

  4. I hope the blog issues get better soon, Colleen, and the heat gets more bearable (it’s bad here as well and humid), but the melons look lovely.

    • It was around 76 degrees F. this morning for my early walk (6:45 am). It felt so lovely! We’re not getting the monsoons like normal so our humidity levels are low. Only 106 F. today! Stay cool, Olga. I’m looking forward to trying these melons when they are ripe. <3

  5. Those melons look good. The tropical storm brought us some relief from the heat, though it took down both trees and electricity. My outage was brief, thank goodness. (K)

  6. Some of your comments are going to my span folder! I had to rescue them from there!

  7. 110 degrees too hot for me! Your haiku sets the mood for a relaxing summer. Good luck with your blog issues. I feel certain it will all come together.

  8. Lovely summery haiku! Good luck with your cantaloupe. I only really enjoy the farm fresh ones we get in the summer.

  9. Oye, sister woes, lol. Glad you’re almost through with it, and yayyyyy can’t wait for the reveal and the read <3 x

  10. Glad that things on the WP front is improving Colleen and look forward to the cover reveal…enjoy those melons…♥♥

  11. In case you get them, DON’T PLANT SEEDS FROM CHINA!!!

  12. I truly miss growing my own melons. They were always a hit and spoiled us for what we would buy at the store! Fine job, Sis! <3

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  15. I love that you threw out the seeds and it grew. That would make me feel like a magician😊. The wonder of it all. Love it.


  16. I love that you threw out the seeds and it grew. That would make me feel like a magician😊. The wonder of it all. Love it.


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