The courage to be vulnerable…

Daring greatly means the courage to be vulnerable. It means to show up and be seen. To ask for what you need. To talk about how you’re feeling. To have the hard conversations.-Brené Brown (b. 1965) P.S. As always, I’m offline for 25 hours for Shabbat, which runs from sunset every Friday to sunset on Saturday. I… Continue reading The courage to be vulnerable…

Essence, or: Nonsense

An American sentence If you feel annoyed or amused at this sentence, it's a good poem. 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… Continue reading Essence, or: Nonsense

CAPS LOCK, or: Roar

My 2nd elfchen Roar Expresses forcefully Often squelched internally CAPITAL LETTERS NO SUBSTITUTE Pain Elfchen Row Words Content 1 1 A thought, an object, a color, a smell or the like 2 2 What does the word from the first row do? 3 3 Where or how is the word of row 1? 4 4… Continue reading CAPS LOCK, or: Roar

Make head, or: Tail of this

My 2nd double acrostic poem Poetic forms are all over the map ~ Ukiah, sonnet, limerick, haiku, Zanze, atom, sestina, ghazal, blitz... Zaniness, romance, suspense, darkness, schmaltz... Let yourself go; experience the pull; Every one can connect to something else. d'Verse poetics: For the love of puzzles... For today's d'Verse prompt, poets were challenged to… Continue reading Make head, or: Tail of this

Total eclipse, or: The heart

A kimo anxiety's incapacitating; encapsulating the heart; capping capacity What's a kimo? According to this website, kimo poems are an Israeli 🇮🇱 version of haiku. Apparently, there was a need for more syllables in Hebrew. That said, most of the rules are still familiar: 3 lines.No rhymes.10 syllables in the first line, 7 in the… Continue reading Total eclipse, or: The heart

“Cheating” on my 10th anniversary

The challenge Not long ago, I wrote a poem about the difficulty of keeping a secret for an entire month. Having thought about it further, I realized that there was no need for me to wait quite so long... I only had to wait 12 days until tomorrow night... because I can kinda, sorta cheat… Continue reading “Cheating” on my 10th anniversary

Letting loose, or: Ceding control

A sijo I've feelings I cannot describe \ and others I fear letting loose; the latter tend to dress themselves \ in the guise of the former; I could stick labels on them \ but could never pull them off. Power is domination, control, and therefore a very selective form of truth which is a… Continue reading Letting loose, or: Ceding control