Midwife, or: Lover

A ‘Magnetic Poem’ tanka

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poetry kisses
my open lips as I'm born
over and over
rhythm's son is but a child
exploring his self and voice


  • For this poem, I decided to make use of the ‘Poet Set’ on the Magnetic Poetry website;
  • I once again opted for a tanka, rather than a haiku;
    • The extra two lines (14 syllables) provide a greater challenge, as well as a larger canvas;
  • This time, for the first time, I “cheated” with the magnets;
    • The word ‘over’ was only available once in the set I used, so I copy-pasted that magnet into the 3rd line of my poem in order to use it more than once;
  • I searched for and found the featured image only after I had written the entire tanka.

24 thoughts on “Midwife, or: Lover”

  1. Thanks for introducing me to the online magnetic poetry site! My middle schoolers will love it. And the poem is lovely, too πŸ™‚

    1. πŸ˜ƒ Thanks, Lauren. I must confess that searching for appropriate photos (which both respond to and shape the meanings of my poems) is quite fun!


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