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.

Read all the poems in our series ~ Creativity Verses Form

Creativity Verses Form ~ The Fold

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 ‘F’, Sangeetha selected the Fold form and the keyword ‘Friend’.


F: Fold

Sangeetha’s Fold

Once upon a poem, I found my friend
blissing in rhyme, in words sublime,
of life and love, he penned
and here we are, writing together once again
Once upon a poem, I found my friend
David, of the Skeptic's Kaddish,
to whom, much gratitude I send
for verses so creative, for partnering poetry,
for encouraging this fun, joyous trend
of mingling minds of humankind;
I am so honoured I found my friend

David’s Fold

In India ~ Sangeetha, my partner in crime;
We've broken into many breaks ~ words blazing,
Fled much the wiser, with nary even a dime;
Even kidnapped sweet, newly born poetic forms,
Wrapped 'em in new weavings, we, partners in crime,
Then! Got caught in tough, nefarious rhyme schemes,
Barely escaping to free verse, luckily ~ in time!
We've heeded no authorities but written no one off,
Grown in wit and confidence ~ poets in our prime;
Even now, we're plotting to swipe the alphabet,
But we'll share it freely, we, partners in crime

Fold?

  • No metric or syllabic requirements;
  • One rhyme continues throughout the poem, occurring at every odd line. Lines ONE, FIVE and ELEVEN carry the same last phrase. Rhymed: AxaxAxaxaxA.

Read all of our series ~ Creativity Verses Form

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).

Read all of our series ~ Creativity Verses Form

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 ~ 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)

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 ~ zejel

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 Zejel .  We’d love it if you want to respond with a Zejel of your own!

Z: Zejel

David’s Zejel

Ends are beginnings if we will
Continue together until
We come to feel we've lost the thrill.

The tail end of the alphabet
Offers poets a fresh reset;
Certainly, we are worn, and yet
Versing is how we hone our skill.

As one, we've found no greater fun
Than exchanging fine stanzas spun,
Knowing our journey's just begun,
For our bards' hearts can't be fulfilled!

Therefore, our words shall continue
To sing, as they have come to do;
It's how we endlessly renew
Ourselves, and fresh insights distill.

Sangeetha, the honor's been mine
To devour your each line divine
And humble rhymes to intertwine.
... You're my beloved partner still.

Sangeetha’s Zejel

In ends, always are beginnings
Where imagination wears wings
Where we wake worlds with our writings

On Streams of wonder, verses flow,
Zephyrs of friendship gently blow
Sands of time script our tomorrows
Filled with joy that poetry brings

In rhyme we tap our feet and dance
Words weave tales when we take a chance
And with crayons, we draw new plans
All synced up, our one heart sings

We'll write poems on paper-boats
Together we will let them float
Beneath eyelids where life emotes
You and I will make beginnings

Dearest David, you say it best
In words beautifully honest
Touching life with tenderness
You're the one... the most inspiring!

Zejel?

  • The first stanza has three lines, rhyming aaa;
  • All other stanzas – as many of them as you like – have 4 lines, rhyming bbba;
    • The a rhyme harking back to the first stanza;
    • The overall rhyming scheme for the poem is aaa/bbba/ccca/ddda/…
  • Colloquial language tends to be used, and 8-syllable lines are usual (though not obligatory)

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
  26. The Zejel

Scented breeze ~ a Haibun

The afternoon sun scorches fiery yellow on clear glass windows. From inside my air conditioned office, wearing a   grey suit, ready for a Zoom call from  Switzerland, I stare at a screen that seems incongruous today, and wait for the host to let me in .

This is mango season. Fruit vendors outside have the best Alphonso mangoes nestled in a bed of real straw. I picture myself later this evening, out of my grey suit, into my Indian cottons, bare feet, sitting with my family, going through each mango with bare hands, juice dripping down my wrists, tasting the best of one more summer.


scented breeze recalls
~a never again childhood
running off barefoot



D’verse – Haibun monday , hosted by Frank Tassone GoDog go cafe Tuesday writing prompt – never again, Kigo words – scented breeze, bare feet

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