“The Awakening,” Haibun/Nonet

Colleen M. Chesebro

This week for my poetry challenge Jane Dougherty (the Poet of the Week winner from last month’s photo prompt) selected the image below for poetic inspiration.

This photo spoke to me of rebirth. I imagined the remnants of our civilization clinging to life after the mother goddess purged the land with fire. Afterward, she cleansed her home with water – the giver of life. Somehow nature will change and adapt. I just don’t know if humans will be part of that reality.

Image by Susan Cipriano from Pixabay

The Awakening

The remnants of the storm disappeared into the silvered mists where the sky and water joined as one. I clung to an uppermost branch, struggling to keep my head above the rising tides. I listened as sea bird cries welcomed me to a new day.

Wind, the calming breath of the goddess
brought moisture to the thirsty land.
Water, the…

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