Mutable Energy

This week’s theme for #TankaTuesday is “transitions.” Many thanks to Ken Gierke (Rivrvlogr) for his brilliant choice of theme.

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Today, I notice how the weather has become changeable, with mutable energy; one minute it feels like spring, the next it’s wintery cold. Around me, I see how people’s moods now shift like the weather and become unpredictable, sensitive, reactive.

Me? I want to stay warm and dream of better weather and future opportunities, read seed catalogs and plan for a busy spring in my garden.

glazed snow crusts melt
under the warmth of the sun
spring waits

© Colleen M. Chesebro
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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. Yes!! I have spring fever!! The sun is shining today and the temps are up to 51 right now!! woohoo

  2. ^giggle* I can see Spring just kicking back and waiting for Mother Nature to get Winter out of her system. <3

  3. D.L. Finn, Author

    I do love spring 🙂 You nailed it with how changeable everything is right now.

  4. Your comment about people’s moods shifting like the weather really hit home with me. I have definitely noted that. Great poem. Spring is around the corner!

    • It’s funny how folks seem to mimic the seasons, Jan. It’s a palatable energy that is surrounding us all right now. Russia and Ukraine are contributing to this energy as well. I hope whatever this is ends soon 🙏🏻❤️

  5. Awesome haiku, dear Colleen! 🥰 I love spring but we don’t get it in the tropics. Our main seasons are rainy, winter and summer🙂

  6. when do you usually start planting, Colleen?


    • David, I live in Michigan, so around May 31st the last frost has passed. I’m not sure if I’ll grow any vegetables this year. I’ve got to get my garden’s planted in the front of the house. I’ve got farmer blood in me, so I look forward to the change in seasons. <3

  7. I need to join you with the browsing of the seed catalogue and let everything else take care of itself. Yeah for spring🙂. Lovely haibun.


    • Thanks, Pat. I have so much to do with the front of the house gardens. This year, we’ll get that stump ground out. That will make all the difference. LOL!

      • We had a couple of stumps in the back yard until the termites came. Then the raccoons displaced by a crazy hurricane followed. So the termites ate the wood, and the raccoons ate the termites. All thats left was hole in the ground which is now filled in and growing blueberries🙂. Nature at work!!


        • Wow! That’s so cool to see nature at work. This tree was planted right next to the house. We had to take it down as the roots were damaging the foundation. I’ve got roots all over the place. We have to hack them out so I can plant some bushes out front.

          • Yeah, gotta keep eyes on those too close to the house. My pear tree might be falling into that category which is sad because I planted it.🥲

  8. I’m with you on dreaming of future opportunities! (We’re having mutable weather as well.)

  9. It was a beautiful 79 degrees at the beach today. Lol! 😛 My Army brat background has had me living in areas that had the four seasons, and I must say I do not miss it, but I do like your poem. It captures the transition perfectly. 🙂

    • LOL! I grew up in these parts so the snow has always been part of my life. My husband is from southern California, although he has learned to love the change in seasons. I’ve never been a beach and sun girl. I burn so bad. LOL! 😀 <3

  10. This is lovely, Colleen.

    • Thank you, Robbie. It’s the opposite time of year from you, but I know you get it. You don’t get four seasons in South Africa, do you? <3

      • Hi Colleen, our seasons are not as distinct as yours are, but we do get the amazing colours of autumn and the beautiful flowers of spring. Our temperatures just remain much warmer during the daytime. We do get below freezing overnight in the dead of winter, but it isn’t for long. June and July are our coldest months.

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  12. Beautifully written. I wasn’t sure if this is a haibun but i love it.

  13. wonderfully written Colleen! 💖💖

  14. I’m waiting for spring, too. I know we go through this every year with the changeable weather, but I suppose we forget. It does make me happy to see the first green things sprouting up. And now I’ll picture you with seed catalogues. 😊

  15. May spring come to all the people in the world. (Spring: New beginnings)

  16. It will come, even if humans do their best to destroy it. (K)

  17. Yes, weather and people, people and weather. Spring will surely shine forth. (But not today)

  18. Lovely haibun, Colleen. (Did I get that right?) 🙂 I think we’re all really antsy for spring. I’m looking forward to tilling the ground in a couple of weeks, and planting seeds to turn my world green.

  19. Your prose captures that “Is it spring yet?” feeling.

  20. Beautiful sis. Spring fever is hitting hard for everyone <3

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