Sangeetha & David’s new poetry project
Once upon a time, two poets who’d never met in person spontaneously began writing verses back and forth to one another over the Internet. Their first poetry project took them some nine months: a 100 verse Hyakuin.
Once they’d completed their oeuvre, the two decided to continue their creative journey together; and Sangeetha came up with a fun new idea, which David loved – to explore different poetic forms together, working through the Alphabet from ‘A’ to ‘Z’.
Every week, for twenty-six weeks beginning in January of the year 2022, they would take turns selecting poetic forms beginning with the letter corresponding to that particular week (1=A, 2=B, etc., etc.) and write poems to one another using that form.
David suggested they call their new project ‘Form verses creativity’, and so it began.
Y for YaDu
monsoon wedding raindrops sing songs hoping for chance to romance all evening as skies and stars fall magical eyes mesmerize mine sunrise blushes blood rushes up like a spring to fill my cup I relented hearts melted as scented earth told tales of old friends chasing monsoons till the end
late summer night sparkling bright stars 'twas quite ~sublime~ how the time stilled and, become one, our heart thrilled 'neath ancient walls our guests all were enthralled with you and we two smiled at each other all the while air of romance a shared glance blazed we danced for hours that night our own loving eyes sparkled and shone
- each stanza —up to three in all— has 5 lines;
- the first four lines have 4 syllables each; the last one can have 5, 7, 9, or 11 syllables;
- the last two lines rhyme in the usual way; the climbing rhymes occur in syllables four, three, and two of both the first three lines and the last three lines of a stanza;
- there should be a reference to the seasons since the word ‘yadu’ means ‘the seasons’
Sangeetha & David’s ‘Form verses creativity’
- The Alouette
- The Balance
- The Candlelight
- The Dizain
- The Etheree
- The Florette
- The Ghazal
- The Hexaduad
- The Italian octave
- The Jue Ju
- The Kimo
- The Limerick
- The Marianne
- The Nocturna
- The Ottava Rima
- The Pathya Vat
- The Quintilla
- The Retrac
- The Sijo
- The Tritina
- The Ukiah
- The Verso-Rhyme
- The Waltz Wave
- X (wildcard): The Lira
- The YaDu
- The Zejel
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!