Sangeetha & David’s new poetry project
Once upon a time, two poets who’d never met in person spontaneously began writing verses back and forth to one another over the Internet. Their first poetry project took them some nine months: a 100 verse Hyakuin.
Once they’d completed their oeuvre, the two decided to continue their creative journey together; and Sangeetha came up with a fun new idea, which David loved – to explore different poetic forms together, working through the Alphabet from ‘A’ to ‘Z’.
Every week, for twenty-six weeks beginning in January of the year 2022, they would take turns selecting poetic forms beginning with the letter corresponding to that particular week (1=A, 2=B, etc., etc.) and write poems to one another using that form.
David suggested they call their new project ‘Form verses creativity’, and so it began.
B for Balance
David’s Balance to Sangeetha
Hours of great fun on their small, red seesaw How perfectly balanced, they two Neither could quite descend Lest the other Pushed off ~ Both huffed Their hearts astir As legs straightened and bent Suddenly ~ off flew one blue shoe Up in the air, down on the sand, she saw Her wild waving, distress, bare sock he saw Good-natured, he knew what to do Down to the ground he went And pushed no more Toes scuffed Enough ~ He lowered her Suddenly, both felt spent The two's weekly playdate was through Hours of great fun on their small, red seesaw
Sangeetha’s response to David
On the way back home, the two little friends Chalked a few squares on the pavement And firmly decided To play hopscotch For fun So one, He jumped, she watched Two, they both delighted In balancing with amazement Three, she hopped, her blue shoe flew off again Still on one foot, they tried to make amends And laughed at their predicament Till cheeks turned cherry red Their game was botched Was done So Run! Said their one watch Way past their time! They fled Giggles lighting their merriment On the way back home, the two little friends
- Stanzaic, framed in 4 cinquains. The patterns of the cinquains change from stanza to stanza;
- Stanza 1 =10-8-6-4-2 syllables;
- Stanza 2 =2-4-6-8-10 syllables;
- Stanza 3 =10-8-6-4-2 syllables;
- Stanza 4 = 2-4-6-8-10 syllables;
- Rhymed, rhyme scheme Abcde edcba abcde edcbA;
- Composed with a refrain, the 1st line of the poem is repeated as the last line;
- Centered on the page.
Sangeetha & David’s ‘Form verses creativity’
- The Alouette
- The Balance
- The Candlelight
- The Dizain
- The Etheree
- The Florette
- The Ghazal
- The Hexaduad
- The Italian octave
- The Jue Ju
- The Kimo
- The Limerick
- The Marianne
- The Nocturna
- The Ottava Rima
- The Pathya Vat
- The Quintilla
- The Retrac
- The Sijo
- The Tritina
- The Ukiah
- The Verso-Rhyme
- The Waltz Wave
- X (wildcard): The Lira
- The YaDu
- The Zejel
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!
33 thoughts on “The Balance, or: Form verses creativity”
This collaboration is magic! one small niggle–amends and predicament do not rhyme!
❤ Lov ❤ ~ Sangeetha tends to use off-rhymes quite often – they flow for her 🙂
Got it! But does it not violate the form’s requirements of rhyme?
I’ve seen poets opt for off-rhymes instead of exact-rhymes… its a way of stretching the boundaries of poetic forms (even of free verse!)
Lovely memories of childhood. A great partnership! 🙂
💛💟 Terveen 💟💛
[…] Balance […]
Charming poems and an exciting project – have fun, David!
💙 Dolly 💙 – thanks!
My pleasure, David.
You two are very entertaining – so much so that I’m so glad to call you both friends!!
💜💘 Muri 💘💜
🧡💝 Paul 💝🧡
Both poems remind me of my most fun times at one of my local parks in my hometown. These are very well-written and descriptive, both of them.
❤ Thanks so much, trE ❤ – I really love how Sangeetha played off of my imagery!
You’re most welcome. It was rather seamless–like Sangeetha knew exactly what to write.
😊 she’s pretty brilliant – I won’t lie.
🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾 I can tell!
Delightful poems, and what a project, David and Sangeetha!
✨🙏🏻✨ Merril ✨🙏🏻✨
Great work to you both. Dancing poetry seesaw melting…” hearts astir…in giggles of merriment.” Lovely collaboration 😊
🧸 Suzette 🧸
Love it David and Sangeetha! 👏👌❤️😁 Wonderful story about 2 kids on a seesaw! 👏👏
💛💞 Ken 💞💛
David I Love it! 😍
😜 Sangeetha 😜 ~ you’d better!
Just too adorable! This is great stuff, Sangeetha and David. Brings back memories of me falling off the teeter-totter in grade school! 😀
👧 👦 Mike 👦 👧