An ‘Arkquain Swirl’
graceful Lady of the Snows;
understated coy smile knows
cape and muff
brimmed fancy hat;
wastes draw away to allow
her between bent laden boughs
as she floats through them;
close to the
flushed like red dress;
welcome home native daughter;
untouched by weight of waters
she absorbs the scene;
knowing pools dark
For Tanka Tuesday today, Colleen Chesebro offers an ekphrastic challenge, encouraging writers to compose syllabic poems inspired by George Henry Boughton’s ‘The Lady of the Snows’ paint (to the right).
I decided, once again, to write an ‘Arkquain Swirl’ poem.
Last time, I entirely forgot (ack!) that this form requires every pair of seven-syllable lines to rhyme; but this time I was careful to follow the rules!
- Syllabic (34 lines): 1234 ~ 5775 ~ 4321234 ~ 5775 ~ 4321234 ~ 5775 ~ 4321;
- Every pair of seven-syllable lines rhyme
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64 thoughts on “Lady, or: The snows”
What an achievement, David, using this very difficult verse form! Your poem is extraordinary – the imagery, the movement, the sentiments – absolutely extraordinary. ❤️
💞🙏🏻 Gwen 🙏🏻💞 ~ thanks so much!
There was a time when women were supposed to, like children be seen and not heard – I think the woman in your verse is smarter than others expect and she will rise above her ‘capture’.
Those ‘dark pools’ of her eyes know things!
🤎🙏🏻 Jules 🙏🏻🤎 ~ I think so too
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Your words painted a lovely image.
❤ thanks, Denise! ❤