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.
Ends are beginnings if we will Continue together until We come to feel we've lost the thrill. The tail end of the alphabet Offers poets a fresh reset; Certainly, we are worn, and yet Versing is how we hone our skill. As one, we've found no greater fun Than exchanging fine stanzas spun, Knowing our journey's just begun, For our bards' hearts can't be fulfilled! Therefore, our words shall continue To sing, as they have come to do; It's how we endlessly renew Ourselves, and fresh insights distill. Sangeetha, the honor's been mine To devour your each line divine And humble rhymes to intertwine. ... You're my beloved partner still.
In ends, always are beginnings Where imagination wears wings Where we wake worlds with our writings On Streams of wonder, verses flow, Zephyrs of friendship gently blow Sands of time script our tomorrows Filled with joy that poetry brings In rhyme we tap our feet and dance Words weave tales when we take a chance And with crayons, we draw new plans All synced up, our one heart sings We'll write poems on paper-boats Together we will let them float Beneath eyelids where life emotes You and I will make beginnings Dearest David, you say it best In words beautifully honest Touching life with tenderness You're the one... the most inspiring!
- The first stanza has three lines, rhyming aaa;
- All other stanzas – as many of them as you like – have 4 lines, rhyming bbba;
- The a rhyme harking back to the first stanza;
- The overall rhyming scheme for the poem is aaa/bbba/ccca/ddda/…
- Colloquial language tends to be used, and 8-syllable lines are usual (though not obligatory)
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!
25 thoughts on “The Zejel, or: Form verses creativity”
Lovely exchange! I enjoyed the rhyme pattern.
🙂 ❤ Sarah ❤ 🙂
What a beautiful exchange!
❤ Dawn ❤ ~ awww, thanks!
Beautiful pairing to end your alphabet of forms with – the thrill and enjoyment you both gain from writing shines through.
❤️ Marion ❤️
moving and touching poem and a beautiful connection you have established. Lovely! 💖🥰
And this collaboration ends but not the friendship! I love both poems and I’m just a little sad that you’ve worked through the whole alphabet already!
I look forward to the next adventure. (K)
Absolutely delightful, charming, creative, and inspiring. Well done, you two! ✍🏼✍🏼💞👏🏻
I love the words to these poems. Congrats on reaching the end of the alphabet.
❤ Molly ❤ ~ thanks! We may do it again 😉
Enduring talent! Look at what you have accomplished, including how many of us have been educated and entertained. Well done, you!
❤ Annette ❤ ~ thank you! Much appreciated!
Thank you for coming to tell us about the Zejel or the-hell.
Hilarious how the form came about, but isn’t that what happens, if you not using any form of contraceptive, after sex someone new takes form.
The Zejels rolled so easy off the both of your pens, a true joy to read how this relationship continues to loop.
❤ Abi ❤ ~ you're really funny! 😀 … and thanks for the kind compliment!
The fact that the two of you made it to the final letter of the alphabet is mind-blowing to me. And you did so creatively and poetically. Kudos to you two!
❤ trE ❤ ~ I think we may do it again!
We'll see… we're certainly not done as a duo – that's for sure!
🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾 I am here for it!
Incredible David and Sangeetha! You can feel the mutual admiration and poetic affection ye have. So in sync with ye’re rhyming and understanding of each other’s creative minds.
❤ Ken ❤ ~ thanks so much…
Beautiful heartwarming poems by both poets. Touching words.
❤ Suzette ❤ ~ thank you so much!