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A call for curses?
A summoning of grace?
What mystic rites were released
In those few whispered syllables?
Will they change the course of destiny –
For those of us bound here upon the Earth?
Tell me of the fey words you said
Shall I be now overjoyed
Or should I wait in dread?
What was your intent?
In what you spoke
SynonymsOnly :“BLESSED & HEX”
In a dim-lit stairway close in
Phantom breezes brush by
A reverse cinquain for Colleen’s syllabic poetry challenge.
They stood before the cascading waters and spray of the majestic waterfall. The world was theirs, full of beauty and promise. Hand-in-hand they gazed into their future.
Beautiful – Plunging
Uncontrolled by man’s power
Calming – Turbulence
She stood before the cascading waters and spray of the majestic waterfall. Her world like the waters themselves, careening. Widowed, she walked away alone.
This week Colleen has challenged us to write a poem in the haibun form. A haibun, she explains follows this format:
- Begin the haibun with a title. The title should hint at something barely noticeable in the beginning which comes together by the ending.
- Your haibun prose can be written in present or past tense including, first person (I), third person (he/she), or first-person plural (we).
- Subject matter: autobiographical prose, travel journal, a slice of life, memory, dream, character sketch, place, event, or object. Focus on one or two elements.
- Keep your prose simple, all excessive words should be pared down or deleted. Nothing should be overstated.
- The length can be brief with one or two sentences with a haiku, or longer prose with a haiku sandwiched between, to longer memoir works including many haiku.
- There are different Haibun styles: Idyll: (One prose paragraph and one haiku) haiku/prose, or prose/haiku; Verse Envelope: haiku/prose/haiku; Prose Envelope: prose/haiku/prose, including alternating prose and verse elements of your choice.
I have chosen to write in the prose envelope form.
In the challenge, Colleen asked that we try to incorporate Frank J. Tassone’s photo (below). I had first thought to write using it and having it as the scene of a “fall,” but that seemed too dark when I delved into it. I then took the licence of making the scene “a little bit further along the cliff at a waterfall,” and setting the narrative on two separate dates spaced years apart.
© 2020 Frank J. Tassone
Stand ever firm
Be ready for the fray
Courageous for the cause you hold
Flee or from battle runaway
Find your own strength within
Lesser deeds now
Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 183, #ThemePrompt
This month’s theme is:
“…In the world’s broad field of battle, In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle! Be a hero in the strife…”
The big-eyed gaze obscures
The wanton killer desires
Of the hunter that therein hides.
Little kitten so sweet – Rodents’ bane
Time will her secret dark longings reveal.
Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 182 #PhotoPrompt
But oh how very strange
To leap over lit candlesticks,
Colleen’s poetry challenge this week is to write a syllabic poem which uses synonyms for “Nimble & Enigma.”
Colleen’s syllabic poetry challenge this week is to write a poem on the theme of the following quote:
“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.”
― William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice
Here is my take on the challenge using the 2-4-6-8-2-2-8-6-4-2 symbol mirror cinquain form:
Coin in cup dropped
Second hand jacket from
Charity shop bought on a whim
Insignificant as it seems
Someone’s life has been changed
By such an act
Image Credit: Balaji Malliswamy
Lying in wait
Life’s small indiscretions
Devour you – repent before it’s
A Cinquain is a short, usually unrhymed poem consisting of twenty-two syllables distributed as 2, 4, 6, 8, 2, in five lines.
Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 178 #PhotoPrompt
Colleen’s challenge this week is to pen a syllabic poem using synonyms for “transition” and “harmony.” I have used the reverse cinquain form to approach this. I have tried to capture the melding of the two people into one which comes when individuals become a couple in a relationship. I hope you will enjoy it.
A metamorphosis of life
Grow ever more in tune
Colleen’s 2020 Weekly Poetry Challenge No. 177 #SynonymsOnly: transition & harmony
“How could this happen?”
“Who could do such a thing?”
“The senseless selfishness of it!”
“My anger and fury will be felt -“
“By whoever ate my custard doughnut”
This week Colleen’s Challenge is to write a syllabic poem on a topic of our choice in a poetic form of our choice. I linked this to Fandango’s word prompt and came up with the following Etheree poem. The form consists of ten lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 syllables.
FOWC with Fandango — Rage