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. ๐Ÿ˜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!


  1. Thanks for introducing me to the online magnetic poetry site! My middle schoolers will love it. And the poem is lovely, too ๐Ÿ™‚

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