Jerusalem, or: Anywhere

A Descort Poem

The wind rattles hilly
Jerusalem. Though Papa loved
its hills,

he is not 
in the rattling wind.
walk; bikers ride; and drivers

up and down Jerusalem's renowned hills
entirely unaware that he once
lived... here. I do not believe he is floating
around windy Jerusalem. Or anywhere.

Eschewing unreason, my Papa was down to earth.

Descort poem

The descort differentiates itself from other forms by differentiating its lines from other lines within the poem. That is, the main rule of descort poems is that each line needs to be different from every other line in the poem.

A descort poem has different line lengths, meters, avoids rhyming with other lines, no refrains, and that goes for stanzas as well. In other words, no two lines in a descort should look like each other.

d’Verse poetics prompt: Small Change or Big Bucks

At d’Verse, poets were challenged to choose one or more of Kubler-Rossโ€™ stages of grief (denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance) to write about, in relation to somebody’s current state of being.

Alternatively, poets were invited to write about not being in any of the five stages at all.

Twiglet #277

the wind rattles

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Ben Harper (b. 1969)

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56 thoughts on “Jerusalem, or: Anywhere”

        1. Thanks, Sascha!

          BTW, please feel free to call me ‘David’, as that is my first name. The word ‘ben’ simply means ‘son of’ in Hebrew, and my father’s name was ‘Alexander’… I created this blog in his memory. My pen name is challenging because ‘Ben’ is also a name in English… I’m sorry for the the confusion!

          Take good care,

  1. I felt the distinctive feeling in each line
    Even the both with one word, drive and pedestrian. Itโ€™s just amazing how you made the shift in the end
    Explaining what kind of man your father is/was.
    As you set out to create โ€“ using a discipline and structured form displaying varied and unique nuances, reminds me of the depth of creation, the beauty and wonder, to mystical to fathom, and this is what great Poets do, they follow the path of Creation. The descort show this to be true.

    A great teaching once more.

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