Happy Poetry Friday! Welcome, everyone! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.)
By the way, my first post for National Poetry Month is also live now. I decided to make two separate posts because this would be unbearably long and confusing otherwise! But I invite you to join me in Digging for Poems for April!
So, this month, our Poetry Princess challenge was an etheree. That is, a 10-line poem with an increasing syllable count from 1 to 10. I really like forms with strict syllable counts or other non-negotiable rules. I think it’s a fun cage to beat against, and I also don’t feel the pressure to put a twist on it in some creative way.
I was doing a small-group poetry activity and needed to write a 10-line poem (no syllable counts). I thought, well, why not do an etheree? That’s me, always trying to be efficient! Plus, a 10-line poem with long lines would totally overwhelm me. One of the prompts we wrote to was an object that at first glance looked like a mandala. Turned out to be a circular basket held up sideways to the Zoom, and my first thought was, ooh, a mandala made of rope/string! Cool! Well, it was a round basket made of pine needles. Pine needles! Extremely cool. But I stuck with mandala as my topic.
Here’s my poem–I think this is draft 4.
I’m looking forward to seeing what my Poetry Sisters have come up with–right along with you guys!
The fabulous Mary Lee Hahn (who organizes the Roundups–thank you!) is hosting today, which is why she’s not listed above. Whee! Check out her etheree and all the wonderful posts through the Poetry Friday Roundup at her blog. And check out her cherita project for April!
PS Oh, man! I keep forgetting. Thank you, Tanita, for writing the lovely invitation for everyone to join in! Friends, here’s what I stole from Tanita’s post: “Poetry Peeps! You’re invited to our challenge in the month of April! Here’s the scoop: we’re writing “in the style of Pablo Neruda.” What does that mean? That’s totally up to you. We’re continuing with our 2023 theme of transformation, but how you interpret that in the realm of Neruda poems topically is wholly your choice. You have a month to craft your creation and share it on April 28th in a post and/or on social media with the tag #PoetryPals.”