Whims of time, or: Poetry’s portal

A Wayra

slave to whims of time
parenthood; work; shopping; sleep
clocks' hands spin erratically
align but fleetingly
poetry's portal clicks ~ step through


The Wayra (Quechua – wind) is a popular verse form of Peru and Bolivia. The elements of the Wayra are:

  1. 5 lines;
  2. syllabic, 5-7-7-6-8;
  3. unrhymed.


The above was written for Colleen M. Chesebro’s ‘Tanka Tuesday’ prompt: Poets are to write syllabic poems inspired by the featured image a red door.

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!

50 thoughts on “Whims of time, or: Poetry’s portal”

  1. Ahh I penned a set of wayras too,for this prompt! And I can relate to this one,except that I should replace parenthood and work with school life and homework! ๐Ÿ˜‚

  2. Even with all the responsibilities of daily life, you still manage to create these little golden gems, and expose your readers to new forms. Keep sharing your world with us, good sir! ๐Ÿ™‚

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