Molten, or: Ablaze

A Garland Cinquain

gaseous fireball
millions of degrees
gigantic nuclear furnace
brings life

chirp, chirp
streaks of feathers
soar and catch the sunlight
along with insects for their young

ripe, luscious fruit
vivid citrine gems sway
fleshy, mature, rich, flavorsome

tree hole
busy beehive
hexagonal pattern
molten syrupy honey drips

among petals
marigolds beckon in
softly flutter, blush at breezes

streaks of feathers
vivid citrine gems sway
molten syrupy honey drips


The above garland cinquain was written for Colleen M. Chesebroโ€™s โ€˜Tanka Tuesdayโ€™ prompt: Poets were prompted to write syllabic poems inspired by a color of their choice. I chose the color ‘black’.

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!

60 thoughts on “Molten, or: Ablaze”

    1. Thank you so much, Marje. That’s so kind of you.

      BTW, please feel free to call me ‘David’… That’s my first name. The word (lower case) ‘ben’ simply means ‘son of’ in Hebrew, and my father’s name was ‘Alexander’ – I created this blog in his memory. I know it’s confusing because ‘Ben’ (capital B) is also a name in English ~ sorry about the confusion!


  1. David you wonโ€™t know what itโ€™s like to find the space to comment on a blog like yours,

    Phew finally the white square โ€“
    What is the difference between a garland and a bouquet ?
    Oh yes of course the garland decorates the neck
    Itโ€™s an exquisite flowered chain
    And the 6th link is such a pretty clasp to close this stunning piece of lettered jewelery- the garland cinquain.

    Marigold offering us the most delightful color.

  2. I really like this form โ€“ I donโ€™t think Iโ€™ve seen a Garland Cinquain before. Love the way the color is woven throughout!

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