Drawing the bear forward

In his panic, John tripped, watching helplessly as the tiny girl stood mumbling to the hale old grizzly before her. Dumbstruck, he registered the sound of his "cognitively impaired" daughter's voice. The doctors had said Wendy might never speak, but here she was, murmuring... drawing the bear forward. Indeed, the beast's massive head was drooping;… Continue reading Drawing the bear forward

Pungent bouquet, or: Just a friendly chat

A Choka just "a friendly chat" an impossibility given your wholly uncompromising sense of deeply self-righteous (false) monopoly on truth *coff* ... could you please pass those savory crisp garlic- roasted brussels sprouts perfect in small quantities for intense pungent bouquet Choka? The most intricate Japanese Poetry form is the Choka, or Long Poem. The… Continue reading Pungent bouquet, or: Just a friendly chat

Odds, or: Ends

An American sentence: I reflect upon how to make people I've never met feel something. What's an 'American Sentence'? Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the American Sentence, felt that the haiku didn’t work as well in English. Ginsberg decided to remove the line structure of the haiku, maintaining the requirement of 17 syllables total. He felt… Continue reading Odds, or: Ends

Соус, or: Соул

Pronunciation mess Word sauce Соус ➜ soh-oos My own ingredients ferment Betray identities Sharpen distinctions Burn my tongue Соул ➜ soh-ool I'm bottled, jarred Spilled out onto the Shattered shards of broken empires Soh-ool music swallows Mispronunciations mine Add flavor Thicken the soh-oos with Some plot d'Verse poetics: What’s bubbling? At d'Verse, writers were encouraged… Continue reading Соус, or: Соул

He said, or: She said

A dark limerick When they were tykes, their folks thought it ironic: Bobby would burble, whereas Babs was laconic; But mom and dad became panicked When Bobby's shrink called him manic, And Babs' isolophilia turned extreme and chronic. d'Verse poetics: There’s a word for that At d'Verse, poets were encouraged to select three or more… Continue reading He said, or: She said

God, or: Hell’s denizens

Poetry Partners #87 'Speaking to God', a poem by George Ellington of 'Gaelic Dreams' speak to God, he said to me speakingly sing in prayerful praise: thus honest and whole wholesomely sounding cords that only a reverent voice can calm yet loving attain but this, i said, is my voice voyaging beyond this self— how… Continue reading God, or: Hell’s denizens

Brilliant, or: Sparkling

A Garland Cinquain An ekphrastic poem loving tactile closeness complex social networks mothers and calves; pair-bonded males tight ties echoes a world of words piercing high frequencies sound waves cut through murky waters pictures vocal sweet exchanges love, pathos, joy, warnings collaborative, synchronized fishing coupling sex for pleasure mates belly–to–belly nuzzle, click, rub, pectoral pat… Continue reading Brilliant, or: Sparkling