Savory: A Shanzi

Sun’s savory
sunset and sunrise,

have inspired poets,
artists, painters.

But they cannot
beat you, darling
for musing my mind.

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In response to OctPoWriMo 2016 by Morgan Dragonwillow‘s Day 17.

Shanzi is an invented verse form created by Andreas Gripp of London Ontario and found on Lawrencealot’s blog. The form is a kind of expanded haiku.

The Shanzi is:

  • A verse form written in 7 lines, 2 uneven couplets followed by a tercet,
  • Syllabic, 4-5 / 5-4 / 4-4-5 syllables per line.
  • Unrhymed.
  • Constructed with:
  • L1-L2 Introduce the subject
  • L3-L4 “amplifies” the image or subject.
  • L5-L7 provide a parallel image to inspire meditation.
  • Title at the discretion of the poet.
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