Welcome to our W3 Poetry Prompt, which goes live on Wednesdays at The Skeptic’s Kaddish.
You may click here for a fuller explanation of W3; but here’s the ‘tldr’ version:
The main ingredient of W3 is a weekly poem written by a Poet of the Week (PoW), which participants respond to in verse.
The second ingredient is a writing guideline (or two) provided by the PoW. Guidelines may include, but are not limited to: word counts, poetic forms, inclusion of specific words, and use of particular poetic devices.
After four days, when the prompt closes, the PoW shall select one participant’s poem as the W3 prompt for the following week, and its author becomes the next PoW.
Simple enough, right?
Okie dokie ~ Let’s do this thing!
I. The prompt poem:
‘Dream Seeds’, an atom poem by D. Avery
child of woods knows trees whisper to her hears animals speak seeks her star dream seeds gathers to sow feeds on words grows sings becomes a bird soars returns knows
II. D. Avery’s prompt guidelines
- Write a ‘Tetractys’;
- A further challenge is for the first and last word to be the same;
- A double or triple Tetractys, in either order would be okay.
- At least 5 lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 10 syllables (total of 20);
- Can be written with more than one verse, but must follow suit with an inverted syllable count;
- Can also be reversed and written 10, 4, 3, 2, 1;
- Double Tetractys: 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 10, 4, 3, 2, 1;
- Triple Tetractys: 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 10, 4, 3, 2, 1, 1, 2, 3, 4, 10; and so on…
III. Submit: Click on ‘Mr. Linky’ below
In order to participate and share a poem, open up this blog post, outside of the WordPress reader. At the bottom, just below these words, you will see a small rectangular graphic with the words ‘Mr Linky’. Click on that to submit.
Submissions are open for 5 days, until Monday, December 26, 10:00 AM (GMT+3)
- Please note: submissions are open for 5 days, rather than 4 days.
Last week’s W3 poem
This week’s W3 prompt poem (above), composed by D. Avery, was written in response to last week’s W3 prompt poem, which I wrote:
‘Dec. 2, 1979, or: Jun. 24, 1999’, a set of ‘lanternes’ by ben Alexander (yours truly!)
for much loved
sisters; just we