Happy Poetry Friday! Welcome, everyone! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.)
Last Sunday, we Poetry Sisters met on Zoom for live writing. Our challenge this month was an ekphrastic dodoitsu. Yup. A dodoitsu (new to me) is a Japanese poetic form with a bit of wry humor, usually around work or love. It has 3 lines of 7 syllables and a 5‑syllable final line. We all shared an image or two as possibilities, and this wall with crooked brickwork caught my eye. As a not-too-handy person, it looks like one of my home improvement projects (though I’m proud that I recently replaced the ball valves in FOUR bathroom faucets!).
Anyway, here’s what I came up with.
Now, honestly, I love a good craftsperson and handmade items. But when I go to WW every week, I laugh as I drive by an “artisan dentist” in a hoity-toity suburb. Thanks, but I’d just like a good dentist…nothing fancy or too creative, please! And everywhere I look, everything this past year or two is “artisan.” So, that’s what came to mind as I looked at this wall.
Did you write a dodoitsu with us? If so, please share in comments, or tag your social media post with #PoetryPals. We’d love to see what everyone did! And here’s what my Poetry Sisters created for your entertainment :>)
Click here to see all our previous Poetry Princesses collaborations.
Would you like to join us in April? We’re planning to write poems in the style of or inspired by Taylor Mali, and we’ll post on April 29. Whee!
Amy Ludwig VanDerwater is hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup this week at The Poem Farm! She’s sharing her past and future National Poetry Month plans–whee! (Speaking of, I’m planning to share a sticky note poem each day. Keeping it simple!)