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“A Norse Halloween,” A #Tanka

#Haiku Happenings #3: Colleen’s latest #tanka for her own weekly #tanka #poetry challenge!

The Faery Writer

the great pumpkin

I have been so busy that I couldn’t find time to write a poem for my own poetry challenge for the last couple of weeks. Today, I vowed to find the time and I did!

I used the word, “somber” for grave, and “reluctant” for afraid.

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A Norse Halloween

Somber winternights—
daylight wanes and the air cools.
Leaves fall from the trees
in a decadent display
of reluctant death and rot.

© 2018 Colleen M. Chesebro

*Winternights is a pagan celebration lasting from October 28th – November 2nd. The Pagan Journey.weebly.com shares:

“…The beginning of the winter season for the Northern folk.  Remembrances of the dead and one’s ancestors were made during this feast.  Winternights was a ceremony of wild abandon; much like the Carnivale season in the Mediterranean countries, and it marked the end of the summer season of commerce and travel and the beginning of the winter…

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