Happy Poetry Friday! Welcome, everyone! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.)
So, this month, our Poetry Princess challenge was my choice, so it’s extra frustrating that I found it SO challenging. I chose tanka (non-rhyming form with a 5/7/5/7/7 syllable count) as our form, because I like short poems. But I also wanted our poems to connect us more to each other. So I assigned each one of us another poet’s January poem to use as a starting point (and these assignments were made last year, before anyone had even written their January poem). My starting off point was Tanita Davis’ surprising and funny and true “Soothsayer,” which you can read here. So I wanted to write about truth and how it has many faces. (It’s kind of funny that the narrator of my poem sort of disagrees with the narrator of hers, because I tend to be a black and white thinker in many moral issues.)
But I also tried mixing in my calendar poem exercise, using a picture and three assigned words. I struggled all freaking week with it. Here’s what I ended up with. I do not care for it.
My donated words were “sloth,” “ute,” and “knot,” suggested by x, y, and z respectively. Now I LOVE a good poetry game, but I guess I just set myself too many challenges here: the form, the other poem as a jumping off point, an image (of a frozen waterfall), AND three random words gifted by friends. You know, sometimes the games work, and sometimes they don’t.
So I scrapped that and just wrote a tanka using Tanita’s visceral poem as my starting point.
It still needs work, but I do like it better, at least! That next to last line reads “shape-shifting, raw, and mottled,” by the way.
And I can’t wait to see what my Poetry Sisters have come up with!
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Don’t miss the Poetry Friday Roundup with Donna at Mainely Write! I always enjoy her 15 Words or Less contributions on Thursdays:>)