Million-Dollar Question

Million-Dollar Question

What is the meaning
of life,
the universe
and everything,
if I don’t
have
you?

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In response to May Book Prompts –  by Sarah Doughty and MahWrites.

Today’s prompt is Life, the Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams.

Life, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker's Guide, #3)

 

My Light (A Poem and An Important Note)

My Light: A Bergerette*

it takes leap of faith,
and some creeping wraith,
to write.
It takes great valor,
and candid candor,
to fight
writer’s agony
so let your words, be
my light.

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NOTE: My WP friends, please let us all be kind enough to comment back to those who appreciate our work.

I would attest that the awesome people who have been consistently showing love for my pieces boost my confidence. But most of all, they inspire me to write better.

Because of them, I want to be one’s inspiration too. I want to be an encourager, especially for writers who I personally admire.

If your blog is a leap of faith, so as theirs. If you work diligently for your posts, so as them. If your words are special, so as theirs. 

Life and work happen, but be sure to take some time to show gratefulness to people who showed you that your words matter, because their time is precious too.

May our words be the light that brightens our little blogging community. ❤

In response to May Book Prompts –  by Sarah Doughty and MahWrites.

Today’s prompt is Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.

Brave New World

The Virelai, is a narrative, an expanded Lai and a member of the Lai family of forms. A poem of a single Virelai stanza is known as a Bergerette*.

The Virelai is:

  • stanzaic, any number of nonets (9 line stanzas) may be written at the discretion of the poet. One nonet is called a Bergerette or a Lai when made up of 3 tercets.
  • syllabic, syllables per line 5-5-2-5-5-2-5-5-2.
  • rhymed, it carries a running rhyme from stanza to stanza. aabaabaab bbcbbcbbc ddcddcddc etc until the end, in which the long line rhyme of the first stanza is repeated as the short line rhyme of the last stanza, ffaffaffa.

Broken Quiedise

Broken Quiedise: A Pensee*

Your soul
incandescent,
breaks my robust chrysalis,
your fake radiance’s a bright beguile,
that killed my own guarded Quiedise**.

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In response to May Book Prompts –  by Sarah Doughty and MahWrites.

Today’s prompt is Paradise Lost by John Milton, John Leonard.

Paradise Lost

The Pensee* found in the Caulkins Handbook stresses exact syllable count and strong end words. This invented verse form was first introduced by American poet and educator, Alice Spokes. It can be found on line at Instant Poetry Forms for Kids

The Pensee is:

  • a pentastich, a poem in 5 lines.
  • syllabic, 2-4-7-8-8 syllables per line.
  • unrhymed.
  • titled.

Quiedise is Carol of WritersDream9‘s made-up word for a quiet paradise. 

P.S. Thank you for letting me use that wonderful world, Carol. ❤

 

Our Ocean

Our Ocean: An Onda Mel*

Salted wind in swollen seashore,
whispering shells,
singing bird’s bells,
seeping fine sand in my feet’s pores.
You came rushing, warned of a storm,
and then it came,
and end our lane,
wrecking our ocean, all it’s form.

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In response to May Book Prompts –  by Sarah Doughty and MahWrites.

Today’s prompt is The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

The Onda Mel* is an invented verse form introduced by Renelda Gibson.

The Onda Mel is:

  • an octastich, a poem in 8 lines made up of 2 quatrains.
  • syllabic, 8-4-4-8-8-4-4-8 syllables per line.
  • rhymed abbacddc.

The Believer

The Believer: A Nonet*

I reached the dead end called neverwhere
as my mind look for your traces.
My eyes didn’t see you go,
ears haven’t heard your voice,
skin haven’t felt you,
only my heart
believes that
you are
true.

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In response to May Book Prompts –  by Sarah Doughty and MahWrites.

Today’s prompt is Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman.

Neverwhere

The Nonet* is a popular invented stanzaic form that can be found all over the internet. Both Poetry Base and Shadow Poetry feature it as well as several other poetic communities.

The Nonet is:

  • stanzaic, written in any number of 9 line stanzas.
  • syllabic, 9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 syllables per line.
  • usually unrhymed.

Moon’s Song

Moon’s Song: A Deten*

Evening
is the best part
of a long tiring day,
tucked in soft bed, cuddling, snuggling,
heart’s half.

Moon beams,
smiling, gleaning,
watching married soul’s pray
no noise can bother, even scream,
nothing.

Lost ‘tween
twinkling bright stars
and dark night’s peaceful bay,
erasing deep yesterday scars,
new day.

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In response to May Book Prompts –  by Sarah Doughty and MahWrites.

Today’s prompt is The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro.

The Remains of the Day

*The Deten has a unique rhyme scheme. It was created by Johnn Schroeder and can be found at Poetry Base.

The Deten is:

  • a 15 line poem made up of 3 cinquains.
  • meter at the discretion of the poet. Iambic pentameter is suggested, but tetrameter or sprung rhythm would also work. It might interesting to use the Crapsey Cinquain syllabic frame 2-4-6-8-2.
  • rhymed abcab decde fgcfg.

Locked

Locked: A Romancillo*

I am steadily locked
no powers can break me,
even heroes will fail,
Mr. Right has the key.

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In response to May Book Prompts –  by Sarah Doughty and MahWrites.

Today’s prompt is Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist.
Let the Right One In

The Romancillo* is a short line version of the Romance.

The Romancillo is:

  • a narrative, it tells a story.
  • stanzaic, written in even number line which could be quatrains, sixains, etc.
  • syllabic, all lines are written in 5 or 6 syllables each.
  • rhymed, only assonant rhyme is used, xaxa xbxb xcxc etc., x being unrhymed.

Death Spills

Death Spills: A Lai*

Twas a normal day
within blooming May
until
blue clouds turns to gray,
it’s too late to pray,
or kneel,
your soul flew away,
left bones to decay—
death spills.

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In response to May Book Prompts –  by Sarah Doughty and MahWrites.

Today’s prompt is The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold.

The Lovely Bones

The Lai* is a short story in verse. In its strictest form it is a verse form with a rhymed syllabic pattern in three tercets.

The Lai as verse form is:

  • a narrative, tells a story.
  • usually a nonet, 9 lines made up of 3 tercets. It can be a hexastich made up of 2 tercets.(When written in 9 lines is can also be called a Bergerette or a Viralai stanza.)
  • rhymed, rhyme scheme aab aab aab.
  • syllabic, syllables per line are 5-5-2 5-5-2 5-5-2
  • Tradition states that the short line must not be indented; it must be left dressed to the poem.

 

Beneath the Mango Tree

Beneath the Mango Tree: A Spoon River Verse*

My heart hasn’t beaten, lungs didn’t breathe even. No one knows my fragile body was laid beneath the mango tree, behind a house that’s shabby, where she lived— my unknown mommy.

It was war time when she was raped, a faceless man brought her early grave. In split second, I felt the magnitude, of her pain, and love, her motherly attitude. But I am weak and I gave in, away from her arms towards hundred years of solitude.

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In response to May Book Prompts –  by Sarah Doughty and MahWrites.

Today’s prompt is One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez.

One Hundred Years of Solitude

*Spoon River Verse is a subgenre of Mask or Persona poetry. The term is inspired by the Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters, American Poet (1869-1950). The anthology is a series of poems written as if each poem was being spoken by the dead. The setting is a cemetery in an imaginary western town, Spoon River. The voices make up a ‘history’ of the town’s past residents and their relationships.

The Spoon River poem is a poem of voice. The poem speaks from and for a person, not necessarily the poet. The subject, diction and imagery should reflect the character who is speaking through the poem.

Spoon River Verse is:

  • framed at the discretion of the poet.
  • dramatic.
  • written in the voice of a character of a particular time and place. Usually the voice comes from the grave. The person, the era, the location should all be heard through the words of the poem.

 

Frozen Hunter

Frozen Hunter: A Trilinea*

You’re a wild rose,
hungry hollow heart has hunted,
until it froze.

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In response to May Book Prompts –  by Sarah Doughty and MahWrites.

Today’s prompt is The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers.

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

*Trilinea

The Trilinea, one more haiku copycat from Berg‘s Pathways for a Poet, created by Nellie Amos. It seems a bit superficial to me since the defining feature is the word “rose” must appear somewhere in the 3 lines.

The Trilinea is:

  • a tristich, a poem in 3 lines.
  • syllabic, with syllable count per line, 4-8-4.
  • rhymed, L1 and L3 rhyme.
  • composed to include the word “rose”.
  • titled.