Purple sequins, or: Joyous memories

An Abhanga following her birthday young, joyous memories bounce at her Gymboree never to age her purple sequin dress amidst giggles and shouts left no possible doubts whose special day Abhanga? We write Abhanga in any number of 4-line stanzas with 6-6-6-4 syllables each. L2 and L3 rhyme. The end rhyme scheme is abbc. #TankaTuesday… Continue reading Purple sequins, or: Joyous memories

Whither, or: The vine

Poetry Partners #22 'By a thread', a poem by Constance Bourg of 'Tender Rebellion' (after Sylvia Plath) As you walk on by nothing to see here / for the knotted hanging roots the washing clean of mind muddled with muck is my unraveling hair and then there is some light that seems to come from… Continue reading Whither, or: The vine

Twitter poetry 2021: Week 45

My blogger-poet-friend Ingrid inspired me to create a Twitter account and start writing #APoemADay, which I began on January 1, 2021. This week, I posted a series of abhangas to Twitter, which I wrote a while ago... Actually, I'm thrilled to say that I've completed my full year's worth of micropoems for 2021, meaning that I no longer have… Continue reading Twitter poetry 2021: Week 45

Solitude, or: Loneliness

An abhanga EPIGRAPH: Our language has wisely sensed the two sides of being alone. It has created the word loneliness to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word solitude to express the glory of being alone.-Paul Tillich (1886 โ€“ 1965) Solitude, glorious? That's weak consolation in dark isolation, dying, diseased. Solitude,… Continue reading Solitude, or: Loneliness

Tell me, or: Take me

An abhanga EPIGRAPH: The most powerful words in English are 'Tell me a story,' words that are intimately related to the complexity of history, the origins of language, the continuity of the species, the taproot of our humanity, our singularity, and art itself. -Pat Conroy (1945 โ€“ 2016) Please ~ tell me your story of… Continue reading Tell me, or: Take me