There was a time we did not believe. When mist was merely moisture, And the distant rumble in the night, Was but thunder from afar. There was a time all shadows were bound to objects. Shaped by light, Afraid of darkness.
That time is no more. Now we have seen Now we have felt And now we are aware But so are they!
Ice cold Back and forth those, eyes hastily juggle Cries of flocking bats, cut through pained- silence!
Nameless They prowl lost caves Tunneling beneath us And the earth rumbles in disgust Befouled
Murmurs defiant, that swarm from quarters unknown. Beyond the grey mountains rustle Up wind
The veil Nature’s facade Ripped from valley to peak Evil catching the scent of good! Thirsting
Beware The changing winds Things, more than meets the eye Red alleyways of serpentine- darkness
Ice cold They prowl lost caves Swarm from quarters unknown
Kerfe Roig’s poem, “Renderings,” using the Badger Hexastitch form caught my attention. This form is syllabic and written in six lines with a 2/4/6/6/4/2 structure. It is unrhymed with optional rising and falling end-words, which I think is an interesting twist.
The optional rising and falling end-words often refer to the intonation or rhythm of speech. I also believe from the examples that the rising and falling end-words often end in “ing,” but not always. (See the second poem below). This is a made up form and sometimes that makes it difficult to understand what the creator intended.
Another explanation for the rising and falling end-words could be simply writing a definite beginning and end where everyone can interpret the meaning, like in the third poem below. Kerfe used a similar interpretation, beginning with “I re-” [return] and ending with “have been.”
Or, the rising and falling end-words could be opposites, like in the first poem below:
First flight,small granddaughter
visits Grandma with Dad,
Mom, brother and sisters
in soccer play-offs
back home.--Judi Van Gorder
This is a fun form to experiment with. The syllable count has a pleasant rhythm. This year, Word Crafters, we will have a list of optional forms to choose from, including the twelve forms we’ve been using for the last few years. I’ll add the Badger Hexastitch to that list, which I will publish soon.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Last I week I challenged all of you to write a holiday themed cinquain poem with a syllable count of 2/4/6/8/2. I’m so happy you shared your holiday traditions with us. Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:
However, in my mind’s eye, I envisioned each of our cinquain poems strung together like a garland wrapped around our “poet-tree.” I’ve added your cinquain poems below, flowing in a visual garland from left to right. I’ve only added one of your cinquain poems, so please visit the links to the blogs to read the other poetic surprises not included. ❤
Now, close your eyes and imagine a garland made from our cinquain poems (and a few other kinds of poetry) wrapping around the tree.
In a few short weeks, Christmas has once again snuck up on us! Happy Holidays everyone. Congratulations to everyone who finds the time to jump into this challenge. I know many of us are alone for the holidays, so I want to let you know that I will have a challenge up for the next two Tuesdays: 12/22 and 12/29. If you’re bored… hop on and get creative!
My first poetry challenge in January will (hopefully) be on the 18th! Fingers crossed that I have Wi-Fi by then in the new house.
January will be busy! A special thank you goes out to Frank J. Tassone, who graciously went through my manuscript for Word Craft ~ Prose & Poetry. He’s acted in the capacity as my Japanese poetry content editor for the book. I couldn’t have done this without his knowledge and expertise. Thank you, Frank!
I have the first round of edits to complete and then the book is on the way to my regular editor to see if we need any more edits. I’m thrilled that I will publish this book in the coming months. It is truly a dream come true.
Many thanks to everyone this week for all the lovely poetry written this week using the image below. Here’s everyone who joined in:
Remember, when you add your post to Mr. Linky, it needs to be the address of your published post. The short link doesn’t work. I managed to find you through the ping-backs and corrected Mr. Linky.
Many heartfelt thanks to everyone who joined in. There were some great poems this week. YOU GUYS ARE
Check out Aphrodite Beamish’s shadorma. If there is anything we need more of, its humor.
I also enjoyed Kerfe Roig’s reverse nonet. Her art work was done on rice paper, which I think is spectacular. One of my favorite textures.
Merril D. Smith’s shadorma sequence is filled with the rich imagery of the first night of Hanukkah.
Jude’s crown cinquain showed great creativity by adding bits of prose between the cinquain stanzas. He says, “I write this so we may not judge all those who may not conform to society’s expectations of what life or love should be.“
Kerfe Roig wrote an Abhanga Poem, which is an Indian syllabic poetry form with syllable counts of 6, 6, 6, 4, and lines 2 and 3 rhyming.
Dave Madden wrote a Rispetto, an Italian form of poetry, consisting of eight lines.Not only do the lines follow a specific rhyming pattern—ababccdd—but each must consist of exactly eleven syllables.
Jules wrote a Dodoitsu. This is a poem with 26 syllables: 7 in the first, second and third lines, and 5 in the last line. (7/7/7/5).
Remember, the first of the month’s challenge is where we try a new syllabic poetry form. The rest of the month we work with the forms on the poetry challenge cheat sheet.
The first two or three weeks in January 2021, I’ll be moving. I have no idea how quickly I’ll get Wi-Fi hooked up in order to host the challenge. I’ll be up and running as soon as possible. Would anyone like to host the challenge in my absence?
In the meantime, drop me a line in the comments and let me know what you like, or don’t like in the challenges. I’d like to introduce some syllabic poetry forms with rhyming schemes next year. I’ll teach you through a few posts about rhyming schemes and how to use them so they will be easy to incorporate into new forms.
I also want to know what you are looking for in a poetry challenge. I want to grow the challenge and the audience. Tell me what you think.
This week Padre’s poetry caught my attention. Hechose the line from Sue’s haiku: “sun rises unseen” as his prompt. He created a double mirrored cinquain (two mirrored cinquains).
A mirror cinquain comprises two five-line stanzas consisting of a Crapsey cinquain (five-line, non-rhyming poem featuring a syllable structure of 2/4/6/8/2) followed by a reverse cinquain (syllabic pattern of two, eight, six, four, two).
Congratulations, Padre! You get to select the theme for next month’s #theme challenge. Please email me at email@example.com with your idea. Thank you.
“Night Dwellers,” Double Mirrored Cinquain
Night time The darkest realm The nocturnal dwellers Scarcely aware of the coming Sunlight
Morning A place by night dwellers eschewed They prepare for their sleep In the dawn hour’s brightness
Night time The darkest realm The nocturnal dwellers Unaware of the coming sun Spread wings
Unknown Is the bright times of the daylight For they in darkness rest At the sunrise They sleep
Diana Peach’s selection for our Ekphrastic PhotoPrompt is an image by John Bauer, whose artwork is concerned with landscape and mythology. There is so much emotion in this one piece. It spoke to all of us.
Each week our challenge has a twist and this week it was to find synonyms for the words: “imagine & gratitude.” Kat Myrman selected some fine words. Congratulations to all the poets who participated. You are all stars!
Shadorma poems seem to dominate the stage this week. There were so many great poems. I could barely choose just one poem.
Ultimately, I went with Kerfe Roig‘s shadorma, “VETERANS DAY NYC 2020” There was a poignancy there not only for Veteran’s Day, but for the whole of 2020. Kerfe’s word, “ghost-boots” lends imagery to her words. I could hear the ghostly clicking of heels marching down the street in formation. This shadorma really touched my heart.
Congratulations, Kerfe, it’s your turn to pick the synonyms for next month’s challenge. Please Email me your choice at firstname.lastname@example.org before next month’s challenge.
“As with seemingly every celebration in 2020, the Veteran’s Day parade today here in NYC was largely symbolic–”a caravan of 100 vehicles with no spectators”–a shadow of the usual ceremony of 20-30,000 participants.”
What an exciting week it has been. The American election process is almost over, and we have a President Elect Biden, and the first WOMAN Vice President Elect, Kamala Harris! I’m proud to be an American, again.
My news pales in comparison. The gypsy’s are on the move once again. After an interesting series of events, we’ve put our house up for sale and are moving to Michigan. I grew up in Wisconsin, so for me this will be like going home. The real estate market is hot here in Arizona and in Michigan. It just made little sense to wait until spring and maybe miss out on the interest rates. We have several friends in Michigan, so it will be fun to know some folks for a change. As usual with us, things move fast. I’ll keep you all in the loop. It will be interesting driving cross-country with kitty-girl, Freyja. ❤
Congratulations to all the Tanka Tuesday Poetry Stars from this week: