Fly: A Fib


Fly: A Fib
©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer

leave thy
weights and loads,
tear off doubting cloak,
follow the sun, let go, just float.

Photo credit: Kupono Kuwamura

In response to Blogging from A to Z Challenge: F is for Fib


Fib or fibonacci poem is based on the Fibonacci sequence. The number of syllables in each line of the poem is the sum of the previous two lines: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8.

Missed a letter/poem? Read all Poetry from A-Z here.

Burning Heart: A Tanaga*


Burning Heart: A Tanaga*

Spring’s warm sprays defrost cold heart
Frozen veins wake up, restarts
Your roots slowly crawls, take part
Will you make heart a sweet art?

I nurture, tend, rear, your pulps
as you reveal bold red-striped bulbs
stunned, dazed, amazed I gulp,
heart’s now burning with your love.

©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.

Photo credit: Fine Art America

In response to Napowrimo Day 5.


Today, I challenge you to spend some time looking at the names of heirloom plants, and write a poem that takes its inspiration from, or incorporates the name of, one or more of these garden rarities.


  • The Tanaga is a Filipino stanzaic form that was originally written in Tagolog which to my ear is one of the more musical of languages. (Kumusta ka? Mabuti salam at) The form dates back to the 16th century and has an oral tradition. The poems are not titled. Each is emotionally charged and asks a question that begs an anwer. This form was found at Kaleidoscope.The Tanaga is:
    • stanzaic, written in any number of quatrains.
    • syllabic, 7-7-7-7 syllables per line.
    • rhymed, originally aaaa bbbb cccc etc., modern Tanagas also use aabb ccdd etc or abba cddc etc or any combination rhyme can be used.
    • composed with the liberal use of metaphor.
    • untitled.

Burning Heart

It’s no wonder striped tulips were among the most valuable during the Holland’s tulip-mania in the 1600s. ‘Burning Heart’ is an exceptional selection with creamy blooms streaked with bold red.

Name: Tulipa ‘Burning Heart’

Bloom Season: Mid spring

Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

Size: To 2 feet tall




Broken Dream: A Cinqku*


Broken Dream: A Cinqku*

her arms,
her breath’s warmth,
bring me to life;
tears flow, smile fades, she’s been
long dead.

©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.

Photo credit: Rodion Kutsaev

In response to Daily Post: Contrast


Cinqku is a 5 line haiku attributed to American poet Denis Garrison found at Poetry Bridge. It particularly explores the use of the line break and retains the maximum syllable count of the haiku. (Note: the haiku is a small poem of 17 syllables or less, the Cinqku is more restrictive with a strict syllable count of 17.) The Cinqku should have a turn or surprise in L4 and L5.
The Cinqku is:

  • a pentastich, a poem in 5 lines.
  • syllabic. A strict syllable count of 2-3-4-6-2 syllables per line.
  • composed with a turn or surprise in L4 or L5.
  • untitled.

December Goodbye: A Daina


December Goodbye: A Daina*

One year’s now down to one chilled month
with crisp wind as cold as my heart
brought by your December goodbye.
A clean slate named change, I will try.

©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.

Photo credit: Caleb George


In response to Daily Post: Clarity and Napowrimo Day 4.


Today I challenge you to write a poem in which you explore what you think is the cruelest month, and why.


The Daina is:

  • a single quatrain.
  • metered, dactylic or trochaic tetrameter. All lines usually end on unstressed syllables.
  • unrhymed though alliteration and rhyme can naturally appear.


Chase: A Cinquain


Chase: A Cinquain
©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer

of hazy hopes
believes impossible
in time will become possible,

Photo credit: Serhat Duygun

In response to Blogging from A to Z Challenge: C is for Cinquain


Cinquain is a short, usually unrhymed poem consisting of twenty-two syllables distributed as 2, 4, 6, 8, 2, in five lines.

Missed a letter/poem? Read all Poetry from A-Z here.

Dear Mitch Albom: A Ronsardian Ode*


Dear Mitch Albom: A Ronsardian Ode*

A reader for delight that was once me,
until I stumble
upon your words that made me clearly see
letters tremble.
Tremble with meaning of life, death, beyond,
overflow with truth humans must respond,
touch hearts alive,
old souls revived;
your written words, I will always be fond.

©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.

Photo credit: Anastasia Zhenina

MITCH ALBOM is an internationally renowned and best-selling author, journalist, screenwriter, playwright, radio and television broadcaster and musician. His books have collectively sold more than 35 million copies worldwide; have been published in forty-nine territories and in forty-five languages around the world; and have been made into Emmy Award-winning and critically-acclaimed television movies.

In response to Daily Post: Handwriting and Napowrimo Day 3.


Today, let’s turn our vision outward, and write fan letters. I challenge you to write a poem in the form of a fan letter to a celebrity.

*Ronsardian Ode

The Ronsardian Ode is:

  • stanzaic, written in any number of 9 line stanzas.
  • syllabic, 10-4-10-4-10-10-4-4-8 syllables per line.
  • rhymed, rhyme scheme ababccddc.


Rainbow Roof: A French Cinquain*


Rainbow Roof: A French Cinquain*

Eight colors live inside our home–
dad’s strong blue while mom’s bright yellow
six siblings have diff’rent dye-tones.
Our roof serves as our own rainbow
where God’s faithful love lives and glow.

©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.

Photo credit: Abigail Keenan

In response to Daily Post: Colorful and Napowrimo Day 2.


Today, I challenge you to write a poem that takes the form of a family portrait. You could write, for example, a stanza for each member of your family.

*French Cinquain

The Traditional French Cinquain in the style of Victor Hugo is:

  • in English most often written in iambic tetrameter but can also be written in iambic pentameter.
  • stanzaic, written in any number of cinquains. (5 line stanzas)
  • rhymed with varying rhyme schemes, most often ababb, or abaab or abccb.


Bilin*: A Bop


Bilin*: A Bop
©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer

I have five suitors, whom shall I pick?
First’s stable, yet tainted with dark fables.
Second’s witty, yet looked a bit sickly.
Third’s charming, yet with brusque that’s alarming.
Fourth’s a fresh face, yet skills might be fazed.
Fifth’s a veteran, yet with tendencies to cram.

Among these five suitors whom shall I pick?
I need someone, who can aid chaotic traffic.
Someone who can put food-full plates,
in every house at lowest rates.
Someone who will be honest,
aims for corruption rate at its lowest.
Someone who possess a pure heart,
filled with desire to create not crooked start.

Who among my five suitors will wed me on May?
Should I be nervous or should I be gay?
Whoever wins my kids’ highest vote,
he’ll be my husband for six years of course.
I just hope my billion-people will choose,
the best, the fittest among my suitors.

*Bilin is a Tagalog/Filipino word which means request, directions, instructions, order, advice.

Photo credit: Pinterest

In response to Blogging from A to Z Challenge: B is for Bop


  • A recent invention, the Bop was created by Afaa Michael Weaver during a summer retreat of the African American poetry organization, Cave Canem.
  • Not unlike the Shakespearean sonnet in trajectory, the Bop is a form of poetic argument consisting of three stanzas, each stanza followed by a repeated line, or refrain, and each undertaking a different purpose in the overall argument of the poem.
  • The first stanza (six lines long) states the problem, and the second stanza (eight lines long) explores or expands upon the problem. If there is a resolution to the problem, the third stanza (six lines long) finds it. If a substantive resolution cannot be made, then this final stanza documents the attempt and failure to succeed.

Missed a letter/poem? Read all Poetry from A-Z here.


Refreshed View: A Lune


Refreshed View: A Lune

Your sudden goodbye
killed old ‘I’,
cleansed me and my eye.

©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.

Photo credit: Kantemir Kertiev

In response to Daily Post: Refresh and Napowrimo April 1, 2016.

Today, I challenge you to write a luneThis is a sort of English-language haiku. While the haiku is a three-line poem with a 5-7-5 syllable count, the lune is a three-line poem with a 5-3-5 syllable count.


Awake: An Aubade


Awake: An Aubade
©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer

Glistening warm
golden sun rays
kisses my outer dermis
lightly in haste,
whispers bright luna
has bid goodbye,
bringing with her
glitters of her sky.

Glistening warm
golden sun rays,
tries to dust off
my epic dream’s haze,
tickles the locked
gates of my eyes,
waits for my
sweet morning “hi”.

A poem you
once wrote
when I was still
your life’s
golden sun rays.

Photo credit: Rose Erkul

In response to Blogging from A to Z Challenge: A is for Aubade


  • a love poem, most often mourning the parting of lovers while extolling the coming day.
  • constructed at the discretion of the poet, length, stanzaic form, meter and or rhyme. although often a smattering of rhyme is present without any particular rhyme scheme.