Rain, or: Shine

A Waltz wave poem

my daughter
up above
and wonders
why God
so sad
during the

Waltz wave?

  • a one-stanza poem;
  • nineteen lines;
  • each line has a set number of syllables;
  • the pattern is: 1/2/1/2/3/2/1/2/3/4/3/2/1/2/3/2/1/2/1;
  • words may be split into syllables to fit the pattern;
  • this form seems to educe a soothing cadence as the lines gently increase and decrease, so it is suggested that topic chosen for this form also be soothing.


The above was written for Colleen M. Chesebro’s ‘Tanka Tuesday’ prompt: Poets are to choose their own forms and colors to feature in their syllabic poem.

Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!

90 thoughts on “Rain, or: Shine”

  1. Absolutely lovely and innocent, yet there’s a touch of the growing “skepticism” that often starts to bloom at your daughter’s age …. not necessarily a bad thing …. it’s good to questions and be curious. Equally wonderful, to treasure the “still innocence” … while it lasts, before the “world reality creeps in.” I think your chosen poetic form works really well in this piece David 🙂

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