Today, I am delighted to host Colleen Chesebro for Day 7 of the WordCrafter Poetry Treasures 2: Relationships anthology blog tour. Colleen is an accomplished poet and a leader in the blogosphere of poetry and new poetry forms. I am grateful to Colleen for everything she has taught me over the past few years.
Thoughts on relationships by Colleen Chesebro
Writing poetry about the theme of relationships for the second Poetry Treasures anthology took me on a thorough analysis into my past. It took me years to figure out I was an introvert.
Extroversion and introversion are at the opposite ends of the spectrum. How you receive and give out energy determines where you fall on this spectrum. But people can fall anywhere on the spectrum.
The other huge myth? Introverts are shy and extroverts are outgoing. Not so. In my younger years, I was an extroverted introvert, often slipping into the role of the life of the party. Now, I’ve grown into my introversion. It shows in my poetry in ways I never expected.
Being an introvert helped me connect with my feelings, which drew me to writing senryu. Senryu are a Japanese poetry form that is written about love, and the human condition. Most senryu contain a bit of irony. These poems deal with anything that touches on the pain we experience from simple everyday living. We often leave emotions open and raw. But we don’t deal with sentimentality in these poems.
I wish you could see
in me, what I saw in you—
our friendship destroyed
© Colleen M. Chesebro
Relationships can be difficult. The senryu above, I wrote about a friend I lost many years ago. People often come and go in our lives, some leaving deep wounds and scars. This is the beauty of senryu poetry. I learned some valuable lessons in that relationship. And I also learned forgiveness.
Thanks for stopping by.
About Colleen Chesebro
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 Tanka Tuesday, 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.” Her poetry has appeared in several online publications. Colleen’s mission is to bring the craft of writing syllabic poetry to anyone who thinks they can’t be a poet.
You can find Colleen’s books on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Colleen-M-Chesebro/e/B01N9MV2RX
Poetry Treasures 2: Relationships
Relationships are golden and each of the poems of Arthur Rosch, Elizabeth Merry, D.Avery, Robbie Cheadle, Harmony Kent, Lauren Scott, JulesPaige, Leon Stevens, Collen M. Chesebro, Miriam Hurdle, M.J. Mallon, and Lynda McKinney Lambert pay poetic tribute to their most intense personal moments.
To be entered in the drawing, you must leave a comment at all eight tour stops. Follow the tour and leave a comment at each stop to be entered in a random drawing for chance to win a free digital copy of Poetry Treasures 2: Relationships.
Poetry Treasures 2: Relationships – April 25 – May 2
Monday (25) – Opening Day Post – Writing to be Read/Lauren’s post
Tuesday (26) – ShiftnShake – Robbie’s post (Deanne host)
Wednesday (27) – The Showers of Blessings – Lynda’s post
Thursday (28) – Baydreamer – Miriam’s post
Friday (29) – Zigler’s News – Review/Marje’s post
Saturday (30) – This Is My Truth Now – Spotlight on the publisher/Kaye
Sunday (5/1) – Robbie’s Inspiration – Colleen’s post
Monday (5/2) – Writing to be Read/Closing post – Leon’s Post