Creativity Verses Form ~ Nove Otto

David  of The Skeptic’s Kaddish and I began a fun poetry partnership in April. We celebrated writing together a 100 verse renga, The Hyakuin  And within days, decided we would absolutely love to continue our writing collaboration and what has grown to be a warm friendship with a new poetry project.

We decided to explore poetry forms. A to Z. Each week one of us chooses a poetry form the other responds to. We completed our first series Form verses creativity in June ’22. And we’re now on to the next set of poetry forms A to Z ~ Creativity Verses Form. We added a little twist for version2.0, with a key word starting with the same letter.

For ‘N’, Sangeetha selected the ‘Nove Otto’ form and the keyword ‘Night’.


N: Nove Otto

Sangeetha’s Nove Otto

Dusk dresses in swathes of rose pink
Entices Night with a coy wink
Lighting stars in his coal black eyes
Night then advances with such grace
Gathers twilight in safe embrace
Lulling to rest whimsical skies
Night spoons along the curve of Earth
Whispers stories of love and mirth
While unborn moments fantasize

David’s Nove Otto

Nearly morning- feeling inspired;
The mind cedes to visions when tired,
When man can barely hope to think.
Fantasies sparkling in black skies;
Heavy fog sweeps over my eyes;
My vision is blurring ~ blink-blink ~
Grand stillness of night upon Earth
Beckons sounds and images forth-
Lines fade as the darkness turns pink.

Nove Otto?

  • A nine line poem;
  • Syllabic: 8 syllables per line;
  • Rhymed: a/a/b/c/c/b/d/d/b

 

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Form Verses Creativity ~ Monometric

David  of The Skeptic’s Kaddish and I began a fun poetry partnership in April. We celebrated writing together a 100 verse renga, The Hyakuin  And within days, decided we would absolutely love to continue our writing collaboration and what has grown to be a warm friendship with a new poetry project.

We decided to explore poetry forms. A to Z. Each week one of us chooses a poetry form the other responds to. We completed our first series Form verses creativity in June ’22. And we’re now on to the next set of poetry forms A to Z ~ Creativity Verses Form. We added a little twist for version2.0, with a key word starting with the same letter.

For ‘M’, David selected the ‘Monometric’ form and the keyword ‘Motivation’.


M: Monometric

David’s Monometric

Motivation's escaping me;
in the real world, I can't be free.

Here's my simple explanation:
The problem's my imagination -
sworn foe of deep concentration!

I note the dark sorcerer's smirk
and terrible monsters that lurk...
Unsheathing sword, I go berserk -
First- save mankind, then - back to work!

Reluctantly... I'm back on Earth-
Where I must prove my added worth;
Of grand adventures there's a dearth;
And office work balloons my girth...
Why did no one warn me at birth⁉️

Sangeetha’s Monometric

Motivation is on the run
I give it chase and have some fun

I date dubious distractions
Hoping for an intervention
To lead my words to fruition

And then I see this bag of chips
And bring one wafer to my lips
Its crisp crunch plays clever mind tricks
Of course I turn then to Netflix

Thoughts, feelings, convictions lie low
Images, freedom, find a flow
Time's horizon shimmers aglow
Phrases make music and I know
Life motivates when I let go

Monometric?

  • Begin with a couplet, then augment each succeeding stanza with one more line;
  • Each stanza is to be independent mono-rhyme;
  • Lines can be of any constant meter;
    • e.g., Iambic trimeter, iambic tetrameter, iambic pentameter, trochaic tetramter, trochaic pentameter, amphibrach dimeter, amphibrach trimeter, etc.;
  • To summarize, the poet may choose ANY consistent meter and feet, and then apply mono-rhyme to increasing length stanzas.

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Creativity Verses Form ~ Kōel

David  of The Skeptic’s Kaddish and I began a fun poetry partnership in April. We celebrated writing together a 100 verse renga, The Hyakuin  And within days, decided we would absolutely love to continue our writing collaboration and what has grown to be a warm friendship with a new poetry project.

We decided to explore poetry forms. A to Z. Each week one of us chooses a poetry form the other responds to. We completed our first series Form verses creativity in June ’22. And we’re now on to the next set of poetry forms A to Z ~ Creativity Verses Form. We added a little twist for version2.0, with a key word starting with the same letter.

For ‘K’, David selected the ‘Kōel’ form and the keyword ‘Kismet’.


K: Kōel

David’s Kōel

Humanity's kismet is inscrutable
Witness: whither winter's wicked winds
We wonder what of life is mutable

Sangeetha’s Kōel

Is Kismet a whim, a missive of peace?
Simply syncing similar semantics
In inimitable incongruences of caprice

Kōel?

  • Stanzaic: written in any number of tercets;
  • Rhymed: rhyme scheme axa bxb cxc etc., with x being unrhymed. Rhymes should have strong vowel sounds;
  • In its strictest form, L1 and L2 are assonant and must carry the same vowel sound in each word in the line;
  • L2 is always alliterated: Nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs must all begin with the same consonant. Articles and connectors need not alliterate.

Jram?

  • stanzaic: 5 quatrains;
  • isosyllabic: 10 or 8 syllables to each line;
  • rhyme scheme: aabb bbcc bbdd aadd aaff;
  • refrain: the last line of 1st stanza becomes 1st line of 2nd stanza Refrain: 3rd line of 1st stanza becomes 1st line of 3rd stanza 2nd line of 1st stanza becomes 1st line of 4th stanza 1st line of 1st stanza become 1st line of 5th stanza;
  • meter: optional by the poet (iambic Pentameter works well).

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Creativity Verses Form ~ Jram


David  of The Skeptic’s Kaddish and I began a fun poetry partnership in April. We celebrated writing together a 100 verse renga, The Hyakuin  And within days, decided we would absolutely love to continue our writing collaboration and what has grown to be a warm friendship with a new poetry project.

We decided to explore poetry forms. A to Z. Each week one of us chooses a poetry form the other responds to. We completed our first series Form verses creativity in June ’22. And we’re now on to the next set of poetry forms A to Z ~ Creativity Verses Form. We added a little twist for version2.0, with a key word starting with the same letter.

David & Sangeetha’s ‘Creativity verses form’

For ‘J’, Sangeetha selected the ‘Jram’ form and the keyword ‘Jubilee’.

J: Jram

Sangeetha’s Jram

It was with a hurried hello
our eyes met and knew there was more
Confusion rushed dancing heart beats
Silence sang loud; storms smiled so sweet

Silence sang loud; storms smiled so sweet
Worlds collided for us to meet
It was that first giddy feeling
That you and I kept repeating

Confusion rushed dancing heartbeats
into dreams each morning we greet
With two coffees in our one mug
melting moments into a hug

Our eyes met and knew there was more
More of both of us to explore
In each other's arms we are snug
Our life together is my drug

It was with a hurried hello
We met then...Now I love you so
We celebrate with utmost glee
Same day, each year, our jubilee

David’s Jram

I'm finding as the years fly by -
I'm not the most romantic guy.
My love is constant every day,
Suffused into all I don't say.

Suffused into all I don't say;
Into my childish, earnest ways;
Into my odd imperfections,
Is my limitless affection.

My love is constant every day,
But special days deserve bouquets,
Days like birthdays and jubilees,
Those special opportunities.

I'm not the most romantic guy;
Some jubilees have slipped me by.
Still, over time, I've grown more wise,
Learned to better prioritize.

I'm finding as the years fly by -
That I'm the world's luckiest guy,
Blessed to be sharing soul and life
With my lovely, brilliant wife.

🌸

Jram?

  • stanzaic: 5 quatrains;
  • isosyllabic: 10 or 8 syllables to each line;
  • rhyme scheme: aabb bbcc bbdd aadd aaff;
  • refrain: the last line of 1st stanza becomes 1st line of 2nd stanza Refrain: 3rd line of 1st stanza becomes 1st line of 3rd stanza 2nd line of 1st stanza becomes 1st line of 4th stanza 1st line of 1st stanza become 1st line of 5th stanza;
  • meter: optional by the poet (iambic Pentameter works well).

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Creativity Verses Form ~ Inverted Refrain

David  of The Skeptic’s Kaddish and I began a fun poetry partnership in April. We celebrated writing together a 100 verse renga, The Hyakuin  And within days, decided we would absolutely love to continue our writing collaboration and what has grown to be a warm friendship with a new poetry project.

We decided to explore poetry forms. A to Z. Each week one of us chooses a poetry form the other responds to. We completed our first series Form verses creativity in June ’22. And we’re now on to the next set of poetry forms A to Z ~ Creativity Verses Form. We added a little twist for version2.0, with a key word starting with the same letter.

Sangeetha & David’s ‘Creativity verses form’

For ‘I’, David selected the ‘Inverted Refrain’ form and the keyword ‘Imagination’.


I: Inverted Refrain

David’s Inverted Refrain

Kind magic Fairy Queen rules realms
In vast worlds of her creation;
Each day, she reassumes the helm
Of my child's imagination.
Quite often, I feel overwhelmed
By her mind's nonstop creation.

Her darling husband's Peter Pan;
Disney's princesses are her friends.
Together, they have formed a plan
To bring wickedness to an end.
The perfect plan with Peter Pan;
I don't care, but I must pretend.

As she grows older, she's exposed
To ever more movies and books;
Plus she sure digs those children's shows
In which heroes catch cunning crooks.
She shows me shows about heroes;
Sighing, I give them a quick look.

We regularly go on walks,
To school, shopping, or for ice cream.
Of fantasies, there's ceaseless talk;
Of magic, science, adventure themes.
As my child walks, she talks and talks;
Faeries have overrun my dreams.

Sangeetha’s Inverted Refrain

She holds my dreams as she wanders
In stories of enchanted days
Paved with white wishes and wonders
Beyond a rainbow door, she says,
Where reality surrenders
As I do, to her trusting gaze

Sunlight ripples through her soft voice
She talks of what ifs and what nots
My mind is freed and I rejoice
In the realm of this tiny tot
She sees the world with new bright eyes
Making magic with what she's got

Imagination paints with grace
On pristine skies of tomorrow
Crystal stars in infinite space
Strung on heart hope, tied with a bow
Possibilities to embrace;
My precious child...somehow, she knows

Tender dreams follow her footfall;
With utmost faith, my hand she holds
Into the unknown, she walks tall
Scripting sweet stories yet untold
Step by small step, she does it all
She goes where her future unfolds

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Creativity Verses Form ~ Golda

David & Sangeetha‘s new poetry project

David  of The Skeptic’s Kaddish and I began a fun poetry partnership in April. We celebrated writing together a 100 verse renga, The Hyakuin  And within days, decided we would absolutely love to continue our writing collaboration and what has grown to be a warm friendship with a new poetry project.

We decided to explore poetry forms. A to Z. Each week one of us chooses a poetry form the other responds to. We completed our first series Form verses creativity in June ’22. And we’re now on to the next set of poetry forms A to Z ~ Creativity Verses Form. We added a little twist for version2.0, with a key word starting with the same letter.

Sangeetha & David’s ‘Creativity verses form’

For ‘G’, David selected the Golda  form and the keyword ‘gravity’.

G: Golda

David’s Golda

My mind
and heart
weigh heavily;
they're
nihilistic
lately.

Still,
wry wit's
free
of gravity...

I'm not bothered
greatly.

Sangeetha’s Golda

I float
freely.
Gravity calls,
'Fall!'
It grins at me,
Smugly.

Faith
comes by,
calm;
She says, 'Let's fly'.
I spread my wings
Simply.

Golda?

  • 12 lines, syllabic: 2/2/4/1/4/2/1/2/1/4/4/2;
  • rhymed: x/x/x/x/x/a/x/x/x/x/x/a;
  • it may be centered or not;
  • it may be presented as 1, 2 or three stanzas.

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Creativity Verses Form ~ Emmet

David & Sangeetha‘s new poetry project

David  of The Skeptic’s Kaddish and I began a fun poetry partnership in April. We celebrated writing together a 100 verse renga, The Hyakuin  And within days, decided we would absolutely love to continue our writing collaboration and what has grown to be a warm friendship with a new poetry project.

We decided to explore poetry forms. A to Z. Each week one of us chooses a poetry form the other responds to. We completed our first series Form verses creativity in June ’22. And we’re now on to the next set of poetry forms A to Z ~ Creativity Verses Form. We added a little twist for version2.0, with a key word starting with the same letter.

For E, David selected the  Emmett form and the keyword ‘Elves’

Sangeetha & David’s ‘Creativity verses form’

E: Emmett

David’s Emmett

Elves frolic about my mind,
Frolic with sheer blissful, unbridled mirth
About trees; hilltops; waters; shores, earth.
My deft tenants prance about unconfined
~ Mind bu-thumps with the rhythms they birth

Sangeetha’s Emmett

Elves dance in daisy fields,
Dance to rhythms of the universe
In lilting voices they speak in verse
Daisy heads turn, as Elven laughter peals
Fields of gold wave hands in the air for these revelers

Emmett?

  • The first line of the Emmett is five WORDS long. Each word of the first line becomes the first word of the following lines. So the second word in line one becomes the first word of line two, the third word becomes the first word of line three, etc.
  • To make things a little more complex the Emmett has a rhyme scheme of abbab. There are no other restrictions on meter or line length. (Meter optional, line length optional).

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Creativity Verses Form ~ Cadae

David & Sangeetha‘s new poetry project

David  of The Skeptic’s Kaddish and I began a fun poetry partnership in April. We celebrated writing together a 100 verse renga, The Hyakuin  And within days, decided we would absolutely love to continue our writing collaboration and what has grown to be a warm friendship with a new poetry project.

We decided to explore poetry forms. A to Z. Each week one of us chooses a poetry form the other responds to. We completed our first series Form verses creativity in June ’22. And we’re now on to the next set of poetry forms A to Z ~ Creativity Verses Form. We added a little twist for version2.0, with a key word starting with the same letter.

For C, David selected the Cadae form and the keyword ‘Crisis’


C: Cadae

David’s Cadae

Skeptical
or
apathetic

or

lacking perspective,
as a youth, I was unconcerned by
crises
both far and near to home

Now I'm terrified

Everything
seems to be getting
worse; global pandemic; wanton war;
unabashed corruption at the top...
Could I please have childhood back?

Sangeetha’s Cadae

Planet Earth
at
precarious

point!

Plunderers pocket
precious moments of tomorrow's child
The air
is frail, the waters weak

Pandemonium

in jungles
as species die out
Oceans roar in pain, glaciers melt
Depleted, defeated, Earth cries out
Life needs to be saved! Please Help!

Cadae?

  • Strophic: 5 strophes, each containing the number of lines in sync with the first 5 digits of Pi. S1=3 line, S2=1 line, S3=4 lines, S4=1 line, S5=5 lines. 14 lines altogether;
  • Syllabic: 3-1-4-1-5-9-2-6-5-3-5-8-9-7 syllables per line;
  • Unrhymed;
  • Variable: For a Cadae on steroids, the poet could take this a step further and in addition to the strophe, line and syllable count, the number of letters in the words of the poem could also follow the sequential numbers of Pi.

Sangeetha & David’s ‘Creativity verses form’

Creativity Verses Form ~ Alliterisen

David & Sangeetha‘s new poetry project

David  of The Skeptic’s Kaddish and I began a fun poetry partnership in April. We just celebrated writing together a 100 verse renga, The Hyakuin  And within days, decided we would absolutely love to continue our writing collaboration and what has grown to be a warm friendship with a new poetry project.

We decided to explore poetry forms. A to Z. Each week one of us chooses a poetry form the other responds to. We completed our first series Form verses creativity in June ’22. And we’re now on to the next set of poetry forms A to Z ~ Creativity Verses Form. We added a little twist for version2.0, with a key word starting with the same letter. Here’s Alliterisen and keyword for the week is ‘Alternatives’.

For ‘A’, David selected the ‘Alliterisen’ form and the keyword ‘Alternatives’.


A: Alliterisen

Alternatives

David’s Alliterisen

Are choices the choosers? Perhaps people misreckon.
Whether we attempt alternatives or not, life loops around.
Those things that once granted great gratification
Often still satisfy though we've tried turning to others.
I wonder whether it's nature or nurture,
Don't you? Innate programming persists. Hardwired with wills,
We examine existence but learn little of life.

Sangeetha’s Alliterisen

Do we explore existence, choosers chary of choice? 
Tiptoeing tentatively, do we wander on a whimsy
Crystal clear that decisions are left for later?
Shall we simper silently or laugh ludicrously loud?
Learn life lessons or fly by frivolously?
Is the present perfect or tomorrow the treasure?
Is Fate foretold Or does choice choose it for us? With love...

Alliterisen?

  • The Alliterisen is a seven-lined poem with a specific syllable pattern and two alliterations per line. (Alliteration is the succession of similar consonant sounds. They are not recognized by spelling, but rather by sounds.)
  • The syllable structure for the Complex Alliterisen is as follows:
    • 1st line- x syllables
    • 2nd line- x+2 syllables
    • 3rd line- x-1 syllables
    • 4th line- (x+2)-1 syllables
    • 5th line- x-2 syllables
    • 6th line- (x+2)-2 syllables
    • 7th line- x syllables

Sangeetha & David’s ‘Creativity verses form’

  1. The Alliterisen

Form Verses Creativity ~ Yadu

David & Sangeetha‘s new poetry project

David of The Skeptic’s Kaddish and I began a fun poetry partnership in April. We just celebrated writing together a 100 verse renga, The Hyakuin  And within days, decided we would absolutely love to continue our writing collaboration and what has grown to be a warm friendship with a new poetry project

We’ve decided to explore poetry forms, one each from A to Z. Each week one of us chooses a poetry form the other responds to. David suggested we title it Form verses creativity  This week we are writing  –  a YaDu  We’d love it if you want to respond with a YaDu of your own!

Y for YaDu

Sangeetha’s YaDu

monsoon wedding
raindrops sing songs
hoping for chance
to romance all
evening as skies and stars fall

magical eyes
mesmerize mine
sunrise blushes
blood rushes up
like a spring to fill my cup

I relented
hearts melted as
scented earth told
tales of old friends
chasing monsoons till the end

David’s YaDu

late summer night
sparkling bright stars
'twas quite ~sublime~
how the time stilled
and, become one, our heart thrilled

'neath ancient walls
our guests all were
enthralled with you
and we two smiled
at each other all the while

air of romance
a shared glance blazed
we danced for hours
that night our own
loving eyes sparkled and shone

YaDu?

  • each stanza —up to three in all— has 5 lines;
  • the first four lines have 4 syllables each; the last one can have 5, 7, 9, or 11 syllables;
  • the last two lines rhyme in the usual way; the climbing rhymes occur in syllables four, three, and two of both the first three lines and the last three lines of a stanza;
  • there should be a reference to the seasons since the word ‘yadu’ means ‘the seasons’
  • Rhyme scheme
  • O. O. O. a.
  • O. O. a. O
  • O. a. O. b
  • O. O. b. c.
  • O. O. O. O. O. O. O. O. c.

David & Sangeetha‘s Form Verses Creativity

  1. The Alouette
  2. The Balance
  3. The Candlelight
  4. The Dizain
  5. The Etheree
  6. The Florette
  7. The Ghazal
  8. The Hexaduad
  9. The Italian octave
  10. The Jue Ju
  11. The Kimo
  12. The Limerick
  13. The Marianne
  14. The Nocturna
  15. The Ottava Rima
  16. The Pathya Vat
  17. The Quintilla
  18. The Retrac
  19. The Sijo
  20. The Tritina
  21. The Ukiah
  22. The Verso-Rhyme
  23. The Waltz Wave
  24. The Lira
  25. The Yadu