Empty orbits, or: Crystal

Poetry Partners #54

‘crystal’, a senryu by Marian of ‘My Eccentric Friend’

from empty orbits
death jealously looks upon 
lifeโ€™s crystal vision

A senryu sequence by ben Alexander of โ€˜The Skepticโ€™s Kaddishโ€™

from empty orbits
atop great scholars' tables
is knowledge derived

unbeknownst to men
death jealously looks upon 
women's fertile wombs

vast swaths of mortals
perish, never having shared
lifeโ€™s crystal vision


‘The Crystal Ball’ by John William Waterhouse

Marian’s senryu was written for one of Colleen M. Chesebro’s ‘Tanka Tuesday’ prompts: That week in January, poets were prompted to write ekphrastic syllabic poems for the painting by John William Waterhouse called ‘The Crystal Ball’.

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!

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28 thoughts on “Empty orbits, or: Crystal”

        1. โค โค Michele โค โค

          It can be ANY poem of yours that you've already published (on your blog, for example)… You don't have to write a brand new poem for Poetry Partners.


          1. Thank you, David. ๐Ÿ˜Š I like the idea of writing something fresh, or maybe something from one of my books. Will keep you posted. ๐Ÿ’—

  1. Awesome! … You are a เคšเคคเฅเคฐ เค•เคตเคฟ (Chatru Kavi – Sanskrit) ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ

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