Ripples, or: A renga partnership

"The more you know, the more you grow" Before I began writing poetry online in May 2020, I'd never heard of a tanka, let alone a renga. Once I came to understand the concept of a tanka, I started appreciatively responding to other poets' haiku on their blogs. It was in this spirit, on April… Continue reading Ripples, or: A renga partnership

Sparks of magick, or: Across Gaia

New poetic form: The 'Plutune' Colleen celebrates her birthday penning poetry; Verses flow forth eve- ry witch way; sparks of magick fly; Energies connect far friends; they feel deep gratitude; Poets gift her with sweet wordplay in clever new forms; Across Gaia, shouts of 'Hooray!' in Colleen's honor! The 'Plutune' poetic form Tanka Tuesday For… Continue reading Sparks of magick, or: Across Gaia

Weight in gold, or: Diamonds

Poetry Partners #179 'True Friends', a poem by Kriti of 'Life is Beauty' True friends are those Who see the pain in your eyes And never leave your side Whenever you need them Whatever be the time In the moment of despair Or in happy times They are never apart always in your heart They… Continue reading Weight in gold, or: Diamonds

French kisses, or: Cultural barriers

A Sijo I thought myself conversant in French until I tried to hug her; Still, my American cheeks flushed from being kissed in friendship; She spoke so many tongues... but American? Not so much. Sijo? A Korean verse form related to haiku and tanka and comprised of three lines of 14-16 syllables each, for a total of 44-46 syllables.… Continue reading French kisses, or: Cultural barriers

Together, we paint the sky, or: Uncover colors unknown

A Sijo together, we paint the sky from India to Israel; we uncover colors unknown in the rainbow's array; these brilliant raindrops we dance through sparkle with affection's hues Sijo? A Korean verse form related to haiku and tanka and comprised of three lines of 14-16 syllables each, for a total of 44-46 syllables. Each line contains a pause… Continue reading Together, we paint the sky, or: Uncover colors unknown

Winter’s waters, or: Windshield wipers

Eisenmenger syndrome is caused by a congenital heart defect. If the defect is identified before it causes significant pulmonary hypertension, it can be repaired through surgery, preventing the disease. Otherwise, a heartโ€“lung transplant is the only curative option. My friend died at the age of 28 from Eisenmenger syndrome. She was born in Soviet Ukraine… Continue reading Winter’s waters, or: Windshield wipers

Expectation packaged in an envelope

Letters are expectation packaged in an envelope. -Shana Alexander (1925 โ€“ 2005) I've written before about my special poetry partnership with Sangeetha and how she has brought more color into my world. Recently, I wrote a poem inspired by an envelope that I received from Sangeetha in the mail, but I didn't write anything about… Continue reading Expectation packaged in an envelope

The Ludo, or: Creativity forms verses

Sangeetha & David's new poetry project Once upon a time, two poets who'd never met in person began writing verses back and forth over the Internet. Their first project took them some nine months: a 100 verse Hyakuin. Once they'd completed their first oeuvre, they continued their journey together; Sangeetha came up with a fun… Continue reading The Ludo, or: Creativity forms verses