Cords of cold, or: Winter feasts


when the cords of cold
outdoors ensnare the outcasts 
winter feasts on flesh

d’Verse poetics: The blizzard of the self

At d’Verse, Sanaa encourages us to become the embodiment of winter. What do you feel during this season? Describe a typical January day. Feel free to go dark and philosophical…


Senryลซ is a Japanese form similar to haiku: three lines with a short-long-short syllable count up to 17 syllables.

Senryลซ are written about human foibles, while haiku are more nature related. Senryลซ can be cynical or humorous. This poem makes the human, not the world around them, the subject of the poem.

Senryลซ are easier to write than haiku. Think about the human condition: sex, family relations, love, religion, politics, and any emotions that touch on the pain we experience through sorrow, prejudice, oppression, anger, and frustration.

-Colleen Chesebro, Word Craft: Prose & Poetry, p. 43

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!

50 thoughts on “Cords of cold, or: Winter feasts”

  1. Short, crisp and succinct! You depict the harsh reality so well! Thank you so much for adding your voice to the prompt โค๏ธโค๏ธ

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