It takes ~ a prosery

It takes what it takes. To hold on or to let go. One reckless dawn, she let go. Of hope. Of trust. Of the benefit of doubt she generously, or come to think of it…stupidly, doled out, as his white lie turned grey and then to a murky, mangled mound of deception. This time, a slow, deliberate, beautiful anger showed up inside her, holding a mirror to her gutted soul. She wrenched this image from reality and sent it searing through a Time warp so she could label it a memory. For years now, she’d had it sliced away leaving a scar…a scar that screams scarlet…still. What made her think of him? She’d put away his shirts. She’d put away the smell of him on hers. And then today, she’d slept in long white tee that he so loved taking off. She held on.

Mindfills for dVerse Prosery hosted by Sarah Southwest. We are asked to write poetic prose of 144 words, that includes the line, “she’d had it sliced away leaving a scar”… from a poem by Michael Donaghy

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’

she ~ a quadrille

she steps into an ever
with her suitcase of her past
moments wrapped in gossamer
to dress her sacred path

stars may whirl in cosmic dance
the moon may come apart
but she knows what her old soul celebrates
will always save her heart


Mindfills for dVerse quadrille – using the word celebrate, dVerse Poetics – ” I thought of the future, and spoke of the past.” ― Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Three Stories

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