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’.
On our first-ever attempt to compose bragis, we misread the instructions for this particular poetic form… Both of our respective 1st stanzas were syllabically correct (6/8/10/10/8/6); but we failed to note that the 2nd bragi stanza should be: 10/8/6/6/8/10…
As such, we have both rewritten the 2nd stanzas of our respective bragis with the correct syllable count! Our original, beautifully flawed bragis can be found HERE.
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 wondrous stories Casting magic spells sublime I leaf through, flowing free I find I forget I am me One leaf falls; one turns on its spine Books ~ May their incredible 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. Though most of my teachers took great offense At perceived impudence and sass, Magic scrolls arabesque... Swashbucklers picaresque... These consumed the days of my past ~ And have enchanted me 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)
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!