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GloPoWriMo: Day 28

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GloPoWriMo: Day 28

The Day 28 prompt was to write a poem using Skeltonic verse.  Skeltonic verse gets its name from John Skelton, a fifteenth-century English poet who pioneered the use of short stanzas with irregular meter, but two strong stresses per line (otherwise know as “dipodic” or “two-footed” verse).  The lines rhyme, but there’s not a rhyme scheme per se.  The poet simply rhymes against one word until he or she gets bored and moves on to another.  My poem rhymes, but the lines are probably too long and it’s probably not dipodic, but I couldn’t get shorter lines to work and meter has never been my strong point!

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Buzzy Bee

Sitting in the sun I see
A buzzing little bumblebee
Flying near a blossom tree
And coming far too close to me
Loud the buzzing of its wing
Frightened of its tail’s sting
Whose use its life’s end will bring
I think I best get back inside
For to be stung I cannot abide
And the bee must survive
If we are all to stay alive

Copyright, D M Day, 2017

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GloPoWriMo: Day 27

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GloPoWriMo: Day 27

The Day 27 prompt was to write a poem that explores the sense of taste.  Many poems explore the sight or sound or feel of things and Proust famously wrote about the memories evoked by smell.  My poem could be about food, or wine, or even the oddly metallic sensation of a snowflake on your tongue.  I have written a poem about the unusual taste of Greek firewater, or raki, and the physical reaction I have to it.

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Firewater

Bitter
As a wasted life
Burning
As an inferno in summer
Metallic
Solid, cold and scraping
Pressure
Intense, growing and never ending
Shudder
Violent and easing all at once
Ευχαριστώ
Ελπίζουμε να απολαύσετε την επίσκεψή σας

Copyright, D M Day, 2017

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NaPoWriMo – Day 14

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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.

Sunrise

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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