It is the last day of academic summer, and preparations for school have begun. The care-free days of the long holiday have now, in a single span of 24 hours seen a sea change. Gone is the casual lounging in the garden, and the months of preparation, delivery, and marking are at hand.
School clothes washed – ironed Schedules checked, papers arranged Lesson plans reviewed Final walk in the garden Academic year begins
Colleen has challenged us to try our hand at the tanka prose form. She notes, that “We typically write tanka prose in the 5-7-5-7-7 or a s/l/s/l/l five-line syllabic structure. Tanka prose should contain a title. There is one basic requirement in writing tanka prose: one paragraph, and one tanka.”
Colleen’s challenge this week is to take a favourite form and tweak it into something new. I have long loved Edgar Allan Poe’s use of Trochaic octameter with its eight trochaic metrical feet. In my piece I have replaced the trochaic feet with simple syllables. I have kept some “DUM da DUM da DUM da” stresses, but have let the beat be driven by the words and the eight syllable form. I have also made this an eight line form.
when at times we do not trouble we complacent tend to stumble into apathetic bubbles the world around us we ignore unaware of what lies in store till too late like midnight raven the world we face – leaving haven to find the old world – “nevermore”
a soft drizzle falls earth dampening by morning flowers drink in life the sunshine returns nights dampness away it burns the cycle goes on water and sun, night and dawn nature in its endless turns
In Colleen‘s challenge, she has posted a new form she devised. It is a “haiku (3-5-3) and a tanka (5-7-5-7-7 with an end rhyme of a, a, b, b, a) together and call it a tanku. Rhyme scheme (x, x, x, a, a, b, b, a). No title.” Her challenge was to create our own new forms which I will try too, but I just had to give her form a go as well. Please see it above.
When rains Arrive beating Winds howl and fences creak Be thankful for prescious moisture Cloud born Water While at times falling – unwelcome Still is a life giver The Spring picnics Can wait
After an April with near drought conditions, I was glad to see much needed rain. Yet all across social media people were complaining that the May Bank Holiday was a “wash-out.” This despite the fact that the pandemic is still a very real thing.
Purple Hazy carpet Scent enriching the air Majestic lavender perfume Found there To brush To crush or pick Brings heavenly release As the violet field yields bliss For me Join me In my journey Into the place of bloom And we will share its sweet treasure Today
Colleen’s challenge is to “Pick a Flower” and using one of the syllabic forms we use, tell us why it is special to you.“