Torn, struggling heart, or: Butterfly wing

Butterfly Cinquain one rent butterfly wing cripples more severely than a hominid's broken leg; it's more akin to a torn, struggling heart that beats impotently in desperate flutters #TankaTuesday The above butterfly cinquain was written for Colleen M. Chesebro’s ‘Tanka Tuesday’ prompt. Poets were prompted to employ this particular poetic form, which Colleen explains.

Urban scarecrows, or: White plankton

'Neither Snow' by Billy Collins When all of a sudden the city air filled with snow, the distinguishable flakes blowing sideways, looked like krill fleeing the maw of an advancing whale. At least they looked that way to me from the taxi window, and since I happened to be sitting that fading Sunday afternoon in… Continue reading Urban scarecrows, or: White plankton

Today’s Russians are like Jews in Nazi Germany?

"Denazify Ukraine"? You've all heard that Putin aims to "denazify" Ukraine, which is absurd on its face, given that Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is Jewish himself and his grandfather lost three brothers in the Holocaust. However, let's put aside the absurdity of this argument for now. What I'd like to focus on is the other… Continue reading Today’s Russians are like Jews in Nazi Germany?

Aquarium, or: Not

Swift swish-swishing tails and sure fins Gliding right through the shipwreck within Bumping up against walls As there's something that calls Past bones round of my small cranium d'Verse Open Link Night For d’Verse OLN #310, I’m sharing the above limerick, which I wrote back in September ’20… The limerick is one of the few… Continue reading Aquarium, or: Not

Unicorn, or: Dragon

Poetry Partners #51 A tanka by Jane Aguiar of 'Literature World' Since antiquity the unicorn is described a legend creature projected from its cute forehead a single pointed longhorn Jane Aguiar: A shadorma by ben Alexander of ‘The Skeptic’s Kaddish’ serpentine wingless water gods; oceans; lakes; foggy skies; auspicious Eastern dragons symbolize good luck… Continue reading Unicorn, or: Dragon

Ded Moroz, or: Santa Claus

An American sentence: Unlike Santa Claus, Ded Moroz wears outfits of various colors. Ded Moroz (Grandfather Frost) Santa Claus and Ded Moroz have several superficial similarities: they’re old white men with long white beards, wearing heavy coats with white trim, giving out presents to the good little children... Nonetheless, Ded Moroz has a few distinctly… Continue reading Ded Moroz, or: Santa Claus

Falling, or: Floating

Sevenling (Our daughter fell) Our daughter fell sick last week on Shabbat (Saturday). She had a fever; was coughing heavily; and had no appetite. Our goldfish has taken to resting at the surface of its aquarium; always in the same corner; sometimes tilted a bit sideways. The two spent a lot of time together. The… Continue reading Falling, or: Floating

It’s normal, or: That’s how they learn, Honey

An American sentence: Baby poets constantly put forms in their mouths to learn about them. 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 It’s normal, or: That’s how they learn, Honey