The listening, or: Burrowing of the mole

eyes closed, I focus
downwards into meaning's depths
I hear others burrowing
listening below surface

d’Verse Poetics

Prompt: The Print the Whales Make

The above tanka is my response to the d’Verse challenge to write a poem in the first person that compares some trait of ours with something animal.

It should not be a whale, but another creature (mammal, fish, bird, insect, etc.) with which we have something in common. The title should be the animal thing, in the same way Marjorie Saiser chose ‘The Print the Whales Make’.

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I find myself pulled
to write magnetic haikus
but site doesn't work

Limits of reality, or: Word fish

My first bagua poem

rim where water licks surface air above rim
side invisible but known existence only this side
cornered word fish always turns to next corner
edges clear to big shapes peering through edges

side through which small sails visible before side
edging in through hollow plastic hull near edge
corner plant stiff and also in another corner
bottom covered by many colors all over bottom

My friend Suzette introduced me to the bagua form of poetry so, of course, I had to give it a go!

Shabbat, or: The Sabbath

My 2nd Shadorma

She draws me;
Jews' age-old decree;
Through her we
are set free
for our holy day weekly ~
we simply can be

I was recently exposed to the shadorma form of poetry by Kerfe and Lauren. As always, I had to give it a go… this is definitely one of those short forms that challenges us to pack as much as possible into every word. Quite lovely, really – I enjoyed this form!

Note: the form need not rhyme.