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MagneticPoetry.com, April 13, 2021
I find myself pulled
to write magnetic haikus
but site doesn't work

Your drive, or: Love virus

A ‘Magnetic Poem’ tanka

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figure out your drive
hack the online content stream
upload love virus
intelligent performance
will boost network of writers

Notes

  • For this poem, I decided to make use of the ‘Geek Set’ on the Magnetic Poetry website once again;
  • This poem was inspired by my post yesterday, in which I shared some contemplations about how to successfully grow one’s subscriber count here on WordPress (hint: it’s the human touch);
  • I once again opted for a tanka, rather than a haiku;
    • The extra two lines (14 syllables) provide a greater challenge, as well as a larger canvas;
  • I searched for and found the featured image only after I had written the entire tanka.

Poison words, or: Wake up kiss

A ‘Magnetic Poem’ tanka

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but my god decayed
into warm liquid fish eyes
broken lips smoking
breathed poison words over me
melting into wake up kiss

Notes

  • For this poem, I decided to make use of the ‘Poet Set’ on the Magnetic Poetry website for the second time;
  • This poem was, in part, inspired by my personal descent into religious skepticism, which I spent many years trying to avoid;
  • I once again opted for a tanka, rather than a haiku;
    • The extra two lines (14 syllables) provide a greater challenge, as well as a larger canvas;
    • I’ve really taken to writing magnetic tankas;
  • I searched for and found the featured image only after I had written the entire tanka;
    • I really wanted to find a free use image of a pile of fish eyes, but, unfortunately, I couldn’t.

Marble nights, or: Haunting

A ‘Magnetic Poem’ tanka

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angel bleeds color
desiring eternity
father's ghost haunting
in joyless kiss lingering
marble nights' old prisoner

Notes

  • For this poem, I decided to use the ‘Poet Set’ on the Magnetic Poetry website, which, I believe, is the first time I have done so;
    • I find that switching between the sets of magnets makes magnetic poetry more interesting;
  • This poem was, in part, inspired by my having lost my own father nearly three years ago, but it’s not about me or about him at all – it’s an entirely fictional piece;
  • I once again opted for a tanka, rather than a haiku;
    • As I’ve written before, the extra two lines (14 syllables) provide a greater challenge, as well as a larger canvas;
    • I’ve really taken to writing magnetic tankas;
  • As an additional challenge to myself, I deliberately wrote this as an alphabet poem;
  • I searched for and found the featured image only after I had written the entire tanka.

Apparatus, or: Phylacteries

A ‘Magnetic Poem’ tanka

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with apparatus
on head, bare arm and fingers,
aching man's tongue pants,
chants soaring worship language
to need's elaborate beat

Notes

  • For this poem, I decided to stick with the ‘Original Set’ on the Magnetic Poetry website, as I did for my sexy vampire poem last time;
    • Having used this same set just recently, it was easier for me to find words that were compatible with one another at the first;
    • Actually, I pulled a lot of words out of the set that did not make their ways into the poem at all, but I wanted to see all of them together before deciding which ones to use;
  • I again opted for a tanka, rather than a haiku;
    • As I’ve written before, the extra two lines (14 syllables) provide me with a greater challenge, as well as with a larger canvas for my word-brush;
  • I searched for and found the featured image of the phylacteries on a man’s arm at the start, as soon as I decided to make use of the words ‘apparatus’, ‘arm’ and ‘fingers’;
    • I felt this to be important because many of my readers don’t know what Jewish tefillin (i.e. phylacteries) are, nor what they look like;
    • From the perspective of writing universally appealing poetry, this is clearly not a very relatable thing to write about, but, as Mark Twain said, “Write what you know.”

Luscious, or: Sweet, raw peach juice

A ‘Magnetic Poem’ tanka

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tongue licks luscious sweat
finger smears sweet, raw peach juice
bared breasts aching, "please"
heaving deliriously
death goddess smells blood in her

Notes

  • For this poem, I decided to return to the ‘Original Set’ on the Magnetic Poetry website;
    • At first, the lack of an obvious theme left me utterly rudderless (other sets include ‘Geek’ and ‘Nature’), but then a number of suggestive sex words jumped out at me so I pulled these out to see what might come of them;
    • However, this set of words left me dissatisfied – it was too easy to paint the picture of a carnal act with them;
    • I wanted to add some sort of a twist so I continued looking through the magnets and chanced upon the word ‘death’, which immediately sent my thoughts flying in the direction of sexy vampires;
  • I again opted for a tanka, rather than a haiku;
    • The extra two lines (14 syllables) provide me with a greater challenge, as well as with a larger canvas for my word-brush;
  • I searched for and found the featured image of the pale, ginger-haired woman with fang marks on her neck after writing the fourth line of the tanka;
    • That was after I had decided to give the poem its unexpected ending.

Twitter poetry 2021: Week 10

My blogger-poet-friend Ingrid inspired me to create a Twitter account and start writing #APoemADay, which I began on January 1, 2021. Since beginning this daily challenge, I have been scheduling my Saturday poems on Twitter because I don’t blog on Shabbas.

It’s odd, then, that it was only today that it suddenly struck me that I could also post poems on WordPress in the same manner. And so – even as I’ll be offline for 25 hours, I will be scheduling two poems to be posted here at ‘The Skeptic’s Kaddish’ – on Saturday at 2:00 AM and 2:00 PM [GMT+2:00]. I do hope you enjoy them!

Below is my 10th week of Twitter poems:

Shabbat Shalom from Jerusalem,
David