At dVerse, Lillian tends bar and wants to know What’s in a word? And what’s the word for this challenge: wound. She makes our Quadrille poem a bit tougher by challenging us to include the word twice – using both meanings / pronunciations of the homographic pair.
Whether we use the word once or twice in the body of the poem, the poem must be exactly 44 words in length – not including the title.
I remember a time when Someone like I Would never consider Myself being worth anything, let alone everything Funny how life can change a thing like that As my self-worth, my self-care and love of self grows
National Poetry Month for 2021 Day 30
First time ever completing thirty whole days of original poetry – YAY!🎊
I end National Poetry Month, keeping it short and simple, with my first Golden Shovel poem using the opening line of Sonnet 15 by William Shakespeare
The Golden Shovel form was created by Terrance Hayes in tribute to Gwendolyn Brooks. The rules are simple:
Take a line (or lines) from a poem you admire.
Use each word in the line (or lines) as the end word for each line in your poem.
If you take a single line with six words, your poem would be six lines long. If you take two lines and the first line has 19 words, and the next has 13 words your poem would be 32 lines long in total and so on…
Keep the end words in order of the original poem.
The new poem does not have to be about the same subject as the poem that offers the end words.
Give credit to the poet who originally wrote the line (or lines).
Tonight at dVerse Merrill asks us to build a bridge of sorts with the Puente form or to write a poem about bridges.
In a Puente (Spanish for bridge), the first and third stanzas must have the same number of lines, but there is no set number of lines, as long as the two stanzas match. They can be rhymed or unrhymed. The bridge line is one single line connecting the first and third stanzas. The last line of the first stanza and the bridge line are a couplet, and the bridge line and the first line of the third stanza are a couplet. The bridge line then often connects stanzas written from different points of view or about different ideas. It sounds more complicated than it is, but it really is not. Two stanzas with a middle line that connects them.
I bridge rhyming Puente of a woman celebrating the birth of her newborn with a vampire longing for the dawn.
A young heart, a soul of ancient Torah Strength to the power that is his aura
The slings and arrows of life untamed Just slide from the plating of his aura
When my soul’s shards were jumbled about Calm was found in the peace of his aura
Emotions tailored skin with cutlery Vanish in the healing of his aura
He is candlelight in the deepest dark It is the harmony of his aura
Those who turned the page to my new peace Know the benevolence of his aura
And when asked what factor gives him his peace States it’s a Raivenne, that is his aura
National Poetry Month for 2021 Day 24 I’m trying a Ghazal
A Ghazal is a collection of two-line poems or couplets which follow six rules.
First – Each verse or couplet should be readable as an independent poem, which do not have to rely on the other verses, though the full ghazal has a theme – traditionally romantic or spiritual love and longing.
Second – Each line of the couplets must have the same meter. All the lines in one ghazal must have the same meter.
Third – All of the couplet verses must end with the same refrain, which could be a word or a phrase.
Fourth – The words before the refrain phrase must rhyme.
Fifth – The beginning couplet must repeat the refrain word or phrase in both lines.
Sixth – The final couplet must reference the poet’s name, or alias and sometimes a derivation of the meaning of the poet’s name. This was a traditional way for the poet to sign, or to affix his or her mark upon the work
The dying give voice, Spring brings forth new blooms In the day to day of life, Thriving on summer’s promise When we lose our joy, Sometimes the boughs break The soul is where we die first, So frail in the autumn’s wind Long before our cold body, Leaves memories for winter
National Poetry Month for 2021 Day 22 gives me a Super Tanka
The Tanka is the name of an ancient form of Japanese poetry. Tanka are 31-syllable poems that have been the most popular form of poetry in Japan for at least 1300 years. In Japan, the Tanka is usually written as a straight line of characters, but in English and other Western languages, it is usually divided into five lines, with a syllable count of 5-7-5-7-7.
The key to the Super Tanka form is that it is two Tanka side-by-side. Each can be read independently, but must work together as a whole, in the end creating three works. The more different in idea of one Tanka from the other, the better.
I once defined my emotional sky as the darkest of cloud Allowed its tendrils to snake its way through True to my heart’s winding deep Steep was the choice, but it was mine to make Forsake all I’ve that I have ever known Grown to believe that it was all I should be
Thirsty for that which it did not know So I made a new choice Rejoice! Became my mantra for each sunrise Surprised myself, my mate, my brothers Others as I the shed the dark cumulus Luminous is how I now define my emotional sky
She greets me with each new dawn Much like my doorbell loud to sing We pick a cardinal point to walk See the morn – for noon will bring reminders that in this masked new world the year passes in its usual swing I sit until dusk – no points met For a silenced doorbell cannot ring
“The lingering clouds, rolling, rolling, And the settled rain, dripping, dripping, In the Eight Directions—the same dusk. The level lands—one great river. Wine I have, wine I have: Idly I drink at the eastern window. Longingly—I think of my friends, But neither boat nor carriage comes.“
Tonight, at dVerse Poets Laura tends bar and reminds us that today, April 20th, is UN Chinese Language Day. Thus, we are challenged to re-interpret an original Chinese (translated) poem in our own style and try not to use too much of the original poem’s wording. I chose “Flood” by Tao Chien, whose ending lines of longing for friends brought to mind those missing friends and family lost this past year due to the pandemic.
In addition, I chose to re-interpret the poem in the Chinese LUSHI style:
eight lines long of couplets – The first couplet should set-up the poem; the middle two couplets develop the theme, the final couple is conclusion
each line must have the same number of words, either 5,6, or 7.