National Poetry Month 2021

  • National Poetry Month 2021,  Poetry

    Waka

    4 more to go! The A-Z Challenge is just about under my belt! (Sadly…in my website update this morning, I lost my last post for the “viator” form…I’m not about to go back and re-write it, though – just rest assured that I DID write it…and I’m keeping credit for it, dammit). The waka is a Japanese 5-line poem (or stanza) that is often considered synonymous with the tanka, because both have a 5-7-5-7-7 syllable per line structure. However, the waka groups its lines together in a particular way. The first 2 lines should make up one piece, the next 2 lines should make the next, and then, the final line…

  • National Poetry Month 2021,  Poetry

    Tricube

    Alright then, I’m back for more poetry!!! And we are soooo close to the end of the A-Z Challenge. Today, I don’t have a lot time for writing, so I’ve chose the tribcube. Here are the rules of tricubes: Each line contains three syllables. Each stanza contains three lines. Each poem contains three stanzas. Meditation I sit here with the cat listening. His soft purrs vibrating right through me. It calms me, prepares me, to face things. A Hundred Times HIs cock grows: skin stretching, blood flowing. I watch it come to life in my hand… even though I’ve seen it a thousand times. I always feel that each line…

  • National Poetry Month 2021,  Poetry

    Sijo

    For my National Poetry Month A-Z Challenge today, I considered attempting a German shuttelreim (go ahead…look it up), but it scared me a bit, so I’m falling back on the Korean sijo. The sijo is actually older than haiku, and since I haven’t done a Korean form before, I figured this was a good time. Like haiku, the sijo is only three lines long. The poems are meant to be songs. Here are the guidelines: 3 lines in length, averaging 14-16 syllables per line The traditional syllable break: Line 1: 3-4-4-4 Line 2: 3-4-4-4 Line 3: 3-5-4-3 Each line should have a pause or break in the middle Line 1…

  • National Poetry Month 2021,  Poetry

    Rhupunt

    Today, for the National Poetry Month A-Z Challenge, I’m attempting a Welsh form, the rhupunt: The form can be broken down into lines or stanzas Each line or stanza contains 3 to 5 sections Each section has 4 syllables All but the final section rhyme with each other The final section of each line or stanza rhymes with the final section of the other lines or stanzas Sound confusing? Well, let’s give a try, and maybe my example will help you. I’m using a poem from Robert Lee Brewer of Writer’s Digest as a model. An Open Book I tried to hide desires inside, but eyes don’t lie, and he…

  • National Poetry Month 2021,  Poetry

    Quatern

    Welcome back to the A-Z challenge! Today, I’m trying out the quatern, another French form that is totally new to me. This poem has 16 lines broken up into 4 quatrains (or 4-line stanzas). Each line is comprised of eight syllables. The first line is the refrain (which means it needs to be a good one). In the second stanza, the refrain appears in the second line; in the third stanza, the third line; in the fourth stanza, the fourth (and final) line. There are no rules for rhyming or iambics. Foghorns Foghorns echo in the distance, though night is coming to an end. I unwrap myself from your warmth making…

  • National Poetry Month 2021,  Poetry

    Palindrome

    Almost all (and there weren’t many) the poetic forms I found for “P” had something to do with repetition of lines or words. But I didn’t want to wuss out and just do a prose poem, since I’m trying to experiment with forms I’ve not written before. So, I’m going to go ahead and give this one a go. For the palindrome poem: You must use the same words in the first half of the poem as the second half, but Reverse the order for the second half, and Use a word in the middle as a bridge from the first half to the second half of the poem. Note:…

  • National Poetry Month 2021,  Poetry

    Ottava Rima

    For the A-Z Challenge, I’m celebrating to National Poetry Month. For O…it’s the ottava rima. Ottava rima are 8 lines with an abababcc rhyme scheme, most commonly written in iambic pentameter (or 10-syllable lines). The form can work as a stand alone poem, or be used as connecting stanzas. Some Loves Some loves are harder than others to forget. They burrow deep in our soul and wait for inconvenient times. Questions and regrets feed the memories, and never satiate our need for closure. We give what we get: endlessly fishing on a hook with no bait. Our only recourse is to walk away, Hoping years and distance will lead to decay.

  • National Poetry Month 2021,  Poetry

    Nonet

    Back again for the A-Z Challenge! The nonet poetic form is simple. It’s a 9-line poem that has 9 syllables in the first line, 8 syllables in the second line, 7 syllables in the third line, and continues to count down to one syllable in the final (ninth) line. Breakfast He enters, slow, cracking me open, finding me ripe and ready inside: soft, juicy, and sweet…wanton. He takes me in lusty mouthfuls — greedy, and I drip down his chin: slick, warm… ready to cum.

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