Purple sequins, or: Joyous memories

An Abhanga

following her birthday
young, joyous memories
bounce at her Gymboree
never to age

her purple sequin dress
amidst giggles and shouts
left no possible doubts
whose special day


We write Abhanga in any number of 4-line stanzas with 6-6-6-4 syllables each. L2 and L3 rhyme. The end rhyme scheme is abbc.


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 poems.

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!

41 thoughts on “Purple sequins, or: Joyous memories”

      1. Oh i feel the lovely
        Button smartee
        Feeling in this festive Abhanga
        Gymboree praise song

        ๐ŸŽ‰four lines, with syllable counts ofย 6, 6, 6, 4, and lines 2 and 3 rhyming.๐ŸŽ‰

        Love it

  1. Bet you’re talking about your little girl. She just celebrated a birthday? How very precious. And to her parents congratulations. A job well done. Be sure to keep watching cause she will shoot up before the grays start to show on you. Enjoy every moment. (I know you are/will/always.) happy birthday.

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