Sangeetha & David’s new poetry project
Once upon a time, two poets who’d never met in person began writing verses back and forth over the Internet. Their first project took them some nine months: a 100 verse Hyakuin.
Once they’d completed their first oeuvre, they decided to continue their journey together; and Sangeetha came up with a fun idea. Beginning in January ’22, they took turns selecting poetic forms beginning with the letters of the alphabet (A through Z) and wrote poems to one another using those forms.
Upon completing that second project, Sangeetha suggested that they go through the alphabet once more, this time with an addition twist… In their new series, for every letter of the alphabet (A through Z), the two would select not only a poetic form but also – a keyword for each poem.
For ‘B’, Sangeetha selected the ‘Bragi’ form and the keyword ‘Books’.
I sit under a tree turning pages yellowed with time wandering worlds, witnessing histories finding clues, unraveling mysteries devouring sounds from every line my book writes just for me Imagination weaves magic spells wording tales sublime I read... I find I forget I am me beyondering from this life and this tree one leaf falls; one turns on its spine Books ~ may their tribe increase
Diving behind my desk, I would swim in books during class; Caught in a boy's fancies' opalescence; Captivated by tangled plot twists tense And each tortured, knotty impasse With vile evils grotesque. Most teachers took offense At perceived impudence and sass; But couldn't best magic scrolls arabesque, Nor stories of swashbucklers picaresque; Unevenly, time would churn past ~ Swirling through decades hence.
- The bragi is stanzaic, written in 2 sixains. (12 lines);
- Syllabic: 6/8/10/10/8/6 // 10/8/6/6/8/10 syllables per line;
- Rhymed: rhyme scheme abccba cbaabc. (abccbacbaabc)
Eugi’s Weekly Prompt
Eugi has provided the word “opalescence” as a writing prompt.
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!