Smooth, cool handles, or: Within

A ‘Magnetic Poem’ tanka

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digging for freedom
poet combing through his life
looks at mystery
a great smoky chest intrigues
takes it by smooth, cool handles


  • For this poem, I decided to make use of the ‘Mustache 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;
  • For this particular poem, I challenged myself to write in the fantasy adventure genre, using a word set that lends itself to something else entirely.
    • If you take a look at the ‘Mustache Set’, you’ll see what I mean – the words are related to sweaty sexiness and masculinity.
  • I searched for and found the featured image only after I had completed the tanka.

20 thoughts on “Smooth, cool handles, or: Within”

  1. Very interesting and great piece. I agree with most of the comments here. Magnetic poetry is something new to me. Very interesting indeed my friend. Hope you and your sweet family are enjoying your day. Hugs to all. ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—โค๏ธ

  2. Awesome, David. I love the image you create by combining the concept freedom with poet combing through his life…stunning. โค๏ธ

  3. This poem reminds me that I am at that age where I am searching through old memories to make sense of my life and make my peace with the past. Thank you for a very meaningful poem, David! โค Take care!

  4. I’m not sure what I like about this one more. that you took “sweaty sexiness and masculinity” and made a wonderful poem or that the inner exploration revealed that there is mystery and calm…

    1. tbh I wouldn’t have noted any noted any of the sweaty stuff had David it not mentioned the words ๐Ÿ˜€ – now whether that is a compliment or the opp, I don’t know ๐Ÿ˜‰

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