NaPoWriMo – Day 14

NaPoWriMo – Day 14

The day 14 prompt was to write a san san, which means “three three” in Chinese.  The san san has some things in common with the tritina (which came up on Day 7), including repetition and rhyme.  In particular, the san san repeats, three times, each of three terms or images.  The lines rhyme in the pattern a-b-c-a-b-d-c-d.  An example san san is TJ Kearney’s very beautiful poem Drinking the driven storm, the sturdy apple.  So I had to write another structured rhyming poem – argh!  😉  Struggling, as I often do, for inspiration, I had a look on Facebook and saw this cheeky little hedgehog on BBC’s calls for Countryfile Calendar photographs for its competition.  So that pretty much decided that a hedgehog was going to be one of my repeated images, and I built the rest of the poem around that.


I look out my window at the golden sunrise
On the bird table eating crumbs sits a tiny sparrow
A sleepy hedgehog sneaking through the grass yawns
As he looks at the sun he quickly blinks his eyes
Across the floor the sun creates a beam long and narrow
A rare summer robin lands in the bird bath
Oh to see another thousand dawns
Countless birds, another hedgehog, oh to be on another’s path

Copyright D M Day 2016


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