Day 7 of the WordCrafter Poetry Treasures 2: Relationships blog tour – Introducing poet, Colleen Chesebro

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ColleenChesebro

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.

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Giveaway

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

134 thoughts on “Day 7 of the WordCrafter Poetry Treasures 2: Relationships blog tour – Introducing poet, Colleen Chesebro

  1. Reblogged this on Writing to be Read and commented:
    Day 7 of the WordCrafter “Poetry Treasures 2” Book Blog Tour finds us at “Robbie’s Inspiration” with a lovely post by Colleen M. Chesebro. Join us to learn more about this amazing poetry anthology and the contributing poets. Comment at each stop for a chance to get a copy of your own for free!

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  2. Introversion always seems to have a negative connotation. I enjoy meeting people, but I can take it or leave it. I tell people that it’s not that I want to be alone, I just don’t mind it when I am.

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    1. HI Leon, I do like your thoughts on introversion. I must be honest, I often like (prefer) to be alone so I can read, write, and do other solitary activities I enjoy. I don’t get to be alone that much though.

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  3. I always refer to Colleen as our syllabic Angel… she has inspired so much of disciplined poetry! It’s nice to know more about her. Thanks for sharing this fabulous post Robbie.

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      1. I have learned so many nuances of writing syllabic poetry with your guidance and inspiration Colleen. Many forms scared me but now I venture out with confidence. 😊

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  4. Wonderful to see Colleen highlighted here today. I’ve learned a lot about symbolic poetry from her and love this poem and example 🙂 I’m looking forward to reading this, its on my TBR list.
    Thanks for hosting, Robbie.

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  5. It was great to see Colleen featured here. She’s embracing her inner introversion. 😀 I think many of us are social to a degree, but we need alone-time to recharge. And a beautiful reflection on how poetry has encouraged her to explore her emotions and relationships. Congrats on the latest collection! Thanks for hosting, Robbie. 🙂

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      1. Me too. I always think about it in terms of how we recharge. I can be somewhat social, but find it tiring and really need my alone time to center. It was a fun post and always lovely to learn more about bloggy friends. 😀

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  6. A lovely post, Colleen. I’ve only recently learned that you can be both introverted and extroverted at the same time. It’s a matter of degrees and sometimes, a matter of different parts of your life. I always thought I was an extrovert, and am only now discovering that I really am an introvert. Self- discovery can take you to some strange places.

    Robbie, thank you for hosting this stop on the tour. You’ve set-up a lovely post with Colleen’s post. 🙂

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    1. HI Kaye, thank you. I found Colleen’s post very interesting too. I always knew I was an introvert but other people don’t see me that way because I can be very gregarious. I do enjoy people, I just find them draining. People often confide in me and I like to help them but that too takes a toll on your energy levels.

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  7. Thank you, Robbie, for featuring Colleen today. I love her relationship poem and her reflection on inspiration. Congratulations on the anthology. ✨🎉✨

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    1. Hi Toni, I couldn’t agree more. Sometimes I wish my own poetry didn’t spring from such a dark source. I use it as a vent for all my frustrations. Colleen creates such light and uplifting poems that make the reader feel happy.

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      1. Robbie, there is nothing wrong with embracing those shadows… just remember there is light too. You can tap into your feelings of joy through your cake baking and decorating, and all the time you spend with your family. It’s all right there. ❤

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      2. Hi Colleen, I don’t dwell on dark things, I exorcise them through writing and move on. I think it is one of the ways I manage to maintain my positive outlook on life. I am fortunate in that I am never depressed or down about life.

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  8. After an enforced ‘on/off’ absence on social media for a good while, I found this – and oh, how it resonates,,, friendships are sometimes hard – losing them, harder. Beautiful words, Colleen. Thank you both. xx

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    1. HI Judith, we all needs breaks from social media from time to time. I need them to ensure I don’t get stagnant. I didn’t take any over the pandemic lock down periods though. Then it helped keep my sane. I have recently severed ties with a friend. Some friendships are not worth retaining, they cause to my emotional angst.

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      1. Bit of a problem with one eye, Robbie – still struggling a little but at least I’m allowed some time on the screen now. Dividing my day between writing and social media as much as I’m able. Ending a friendship is difficult – especially a long term one. It’s a little like grief, I feel. x

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      2. Robbie, that relationship I talked about in the poem, was with a person I went to college with. Our kids knew each other and her husband worked for mine when they were in the Air Force. This break-off happened ten years ago, and it still pains me. I’ve grieved for a long time. But sometimes its better for us… I’m just learning that. ❤

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  9. Robbie and Colleen –

    Relationships can be easy or difficult. Especially the ones we have with our own egos. Often we do forget to forgive ourselves.

    May we all continue in great friendship as we succeed in encouraging each other in our successes ~Jules

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  10. I so admire dear Colleen and her wonderful creations of gifts through words of poetry.. And marvel at her devotion and dedication to putting so much time and effort into her blog and posts as she inspires so many to be creative..

    I love writing poetry.. Yet never mastered the various styles…
    Just writing from my heart and intuition has been my style.. 🙂

    Many thanks for sharing Colleen and the wonderful collection of poems gathered in one place within this book..

    Sending you and Colleen much love as you continue to create and bring joy to all who read ❤

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    1. Hi Sue, I think writing from your heart and soul is a terrific way of writing poetry. I like the syllabic poetry to convey strong messages in a few words, but I also write a lot of freestyle – especially when I’m emotional and venting.

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    2. Sue, that you so much. I love your poetry! Writing from our hearts is what this poetry stuff is all about. I always try to share the world through my eyes, hoping it will help someone else connect to the world around them. You taught me that. Thank you, dear friend. ❤

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  11. It’s wonderful to see Colleen her talking about her introvert-extrovert journey. I had a similar journey. I’m an introvert by nature but was trained to be an outgoing singing performer, group leader, and business administrator. I’m now retired from all of them and am happy to be an introvert doing my writing and enjoying my home life and being with my grandkids. 🙂

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