Creativity Verses Form ~ Bragi

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 Bragi and keyword for the week is ‘Books’.

B: Bragi

Sangeetha‘s Bragi ~ Books

I sit under a tree
turning pages yellowed with time
wandering worlds, witnessing histories
finding clues, unraveling mysteries
devouring sounds from every line
my book writes just for me

Imagination weaves wondrous stories
Casting magic spells sublime
I leaf through, flowing free
I find I forget I am me
One leaf falls; one turns on its spine
Books ~ May their incredible tribe increase

David’s Bragi

Diving behind my desk,
I would swim in books during class;
Caught in a boy's fancies' opalescence;
Captivated by tangled plot twists tense
And each tortured, knotty impasse
With vile evils grotesque.

Though most of my teachers took great offense
At perceived impudence and sass,
Magic scrolls arabesque...
Swashbucklers picaresque...
These consumed the days of my past ~
And have enchanted me through decades hence.

Bragi?

  • The bragi is stanzaic, written in 2 sixains. (12 lines);
  • Syllabic: 6/8/10/10/8/6 // 10/8/6/6/8/10 syllables per line;
  • Rhymed: rhyme scheme abccba cbaabc. (abccbacbaabc)

As if ~ a W3

As if the rain
fell for all but him
drenching them in one hue

As if only he
in his oasis under the umbrella
parted sovereign seas

As if the paths
to rights and wrongs and in-betweens
spliced falling raindrops

As if sounds
of the drizzle and the downpour
drowned out space and time

As if his eyes
saw through the mist
and melded into his infinity

Mindfills for David’s W3, using the words sovereign and rights

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

Tomorrow ~ a quadrille

Tomorrow lies unspelled
strewn carelessly
across possibility
for caprice to rest
on numbered blacks and whites
of the roulette wheel
spinning in glee
to the music of tonight
as you cast a glance
at my open soul
paying a toll
for half a chance









Mindfills for dVerse quadrille – spell – hosted by Sanaa.