Poem #5

It’s a gloomy and gray day today. Perfect weather for this next poem that’s a little eerie if I do say so myself! Today’s poem type is a sestina. Here is the complicated google definition:

a poem with six stanzas of six lines and a final triplet, all stanzas having the same six words at the line-ends in six different sequences that follow a fixed pattern, and with all six words appearing in the closing three-line envoi.[...]

Poem #4

Lilibonelle today.
Stanzaic: Consisting of at least 4 stanzas
Syllabic:  Lines may be of unequal, unspecified length
Refrain:  The nth line of the 1st stanza must be the first line of the nth stanza.
Pretty self explanatory here. The refrain basically means that the second line of the first stanza begins the second stanza, the third line begins the third stanza and the fourth line begins the fourth stanza. I called this one Birth:

endurance of pain
to listen to the joyous cry
the touch of fragile fingers
overfilling her heart with love

to listen to the joyous cry
of the first breath of life
screaming to the world
that its finally free

the touch of fragile fingers
whose grip holds
the larger finger of its mother
claiming her as its own[...]

Poem #3

In poetry writing class, you learn about the different forms of poetry. You hear terms such as haiku, sestina, and lilibonelle. Today’s poem is a lento. I wrote this in my notes but naturally, ten years later, I have no idea what that means. Here is the google definition I looked up:[...]

Poem #2

Following yesterday’s post, here’s the next poem in my series of poems I wrote 10 years ago. I mentioned in my Nostalgia post that along with poetry writing I took a Shakespeare class and besides reading all of Shakespeare’s works, the teacher had us writing sonnets and tales of our own. I was no Chaucer by any means but here’s my version of a Canterbury tale. It’s kind of long but hopefully by the end it will make you chuckle like I did:[...]