The Wiggle Waggle, or: Creativity forms verses

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 continued their journey together; 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 they go through the alphabet once more but in their new series, for every letter of the alphabet (A through Z), they would select not only a poetic form but also – a keyword for each poem.

Eventually, they completed their third series and decided to embark on a fourth towards the end of 2022. This time, taking turns, they would create their own poetic forms for every letter of the alphabet (A through Z), and exchange poems, as they’d done before.

For ‘W’, David created the ‘Wiggle Waggle’ form.

W: Wiggle Waggle

David’s Wiggle Waggle

It's late, and I'm very tired;
I ought to sleep; I've work tomorrow;
Projects to be done,
Errands to be run;
My wife and daughter- long since retired;
Yes, I'll be responsible.

But... the night's only begun;
No one's around to distract me now;
My muse is inspired,
Besides, I'm too wired...
Surely it's no harm to anyone
To compose just one more verse.

Sangeetha’s Wiggle Waggle

I wake up. I have to write.
The words go wandering off to play;
While I deeply think,
My dumb cursor blinks,
My acute acumen goes on strike;
I have no poem on my page.

I wake up. I want to write.
The words line up quite magically;
Syllable and rhyme,
Together sublime,
Compose precious verses that delight;
I have this poem on my page.

Wiggle Waggle?

  • Two stanzas;
    • Six lines per stanza;
  • The two stanzas contradict one another;
  • Rhymed:
    • Stanza 1: axbbax
    • Stanza 2: bxaabx
  • Syllabic:
    • Stanza 1: 7/9/5/5/9/7
    • Stanza 2: 7/9/5/5/9/7

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!

16 thoughts on “The Wiggle Waggle, or: Creativity forms verses”

  1. Lovely
    Especilly the feelings of responsibility
    Makes the entire reading very sexy
    As you take up your pen to create another verse

  2. This is very clever guys! I dig the contradicting approach of the 2 verses! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘ And no David, it’s never any harm to write another verse! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜›

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