Welcome to our weekly poetry stars’ celebration. This week’s challenge was to write our choice of syllabic poem, using a form from the cheat sheet or a syllabic form from the Poetscollective.org. David, from the Skeptic’s Kaddish, provided the photo below.
Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:
|1.||Reena Saxena||9.||Cheryl||17.||Colleen Chesebro|
|2.||ben Alexander||10.||Jules||18.||Ruth Klein|
|3.||Harmony Kent||11.||Veera||19.||s. s.|
|5.||Gwen Plano||13.||Ken Gierke / rivrvlogr||21.||Annette Rochelle Aben|
|6.||Lauren Swanberg||14.||Yvette M Calleiro||22.||Jude|
When David sent me this photo, I immediately saw the potential in the image. It was a photo of his father taking photos. The best part—we couldn’t see what he was seeing. That left so much room for speculation on our parts. In my humble opinion, this is the perfect inspiration for crafting great poetry! At the same time, the photo was deeply personal to our friend, as his father had passed.
The exploration of “what was beyond the photo lens” resulted in some of the best poetry I’ve read in a long time. Could this be a lesson for us in finding inspiration? The next time you find yourself stuck because you don’t know what to write about, imagine yourself behind the lens of a camera… what do you see?
I found Reena’s gogyohka, written in breathy phrases, to be a powerful read!
This tanka by Tzvi Fievel shares some amazing imagery!
Willow’s nonet, The Lens of the Soul, written both forward and backward is an excellent example of the nonet form. When you read the poem the first way, you get one meaning, but the more powerful meaning comes from reading the poem in the reverse.
through the lens of the omnipotent to soar high beyond the body to attain the higher plain past the confines of life further than the eye the horizon life beyond captured truth ******** truth captured life beyond the horizon further than the eye past the confines of life to attain the higher plain to soar high beyond the body through the lens of the omnipotent © Willow Willers
This week, I’ve asked Willow to choose the #PhotoPrompt for next month’s challenge. Please email your photo (with credits) to me at least a week before the challenge to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks.
See you tomorrow for the new challenge!