Down, or: Feathery

An ‘Abhanga’

The Artist’s Garden at Giverny by Claude Monet
waters so enticing
ripple in air breezy;
dirt path firm and easy,
straight to the bank

scent of purple iris;
in perfume I lie down;
there my mind in bliss drowns
so easily

gentle crystal waters,
mere tickle feathery,
fade into memory
too far away


  • stanzaic, written in any number of quatrains (4 line stanzas);
  • syllabic, 6/6/6/4 syllables each;
  • rhymed L2 and L3 rhyme. Often internal rhyme is employed. End rhyme scheme xaax , x being unrhymed.

Tanka Tuesday

For Tanka Tuesday, Colleen Chesebro offers us this painting by Claude Monet as inspiration to write syllabic poems. I employed the ‘Abhanga’ syllabic poetry form.

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!

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