Generations, or: Generation

Poetry Partners #36

A Pythagorean poem by davidatqcm of ‘The Hobart Chinaman’

We hear their news
They'll be transported to parenthood
Life starts again in utero, for millennia t'was always so, but now from test tubes small cells grow.

A Fibonacci poem by ben Alexander of โ€˜The Skepticโ€™s Kaddishโ€™

The
worst...
By far,
the worst part
of losing Papa
was my daughter's forever-loss
of her Dedushka. Realizing this made me cry. 

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!


27 thoughts on “Generations, or: Generation”

  1. This pair are made to go together! Mathematically and thematically a great match. The great cycle of life and death and we are still trying to figure out when life begins and when it ends….

  2. The loss of the utero, in some instances is a sensitive talking point,
    In the circumstances would adoption be more acceptable

    Nonetheless a powerful haiku, which demands our attention. Utero, test tube, adoption to parenthood.

    Yes the saddest loss is one of our beloveds.

  3. Both of these poems are so unique. Davidatqcm’s format is new to me and had me counting those syllables! Your poem cut to the heart. I lost both of my grandpas by age 21. I never really knew my dad’s dad, but my mom’s dad was the best guy imaginable. I’m sorry for your loss, David, and how it has affected everyone in your family. Thanks for sharing such a poignant moment with us. ๐Ÿ™‚

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