Lilies, or: Sillilies

A 'Waltz Wave' poem Image credit: Terri Webster Schrandt the florist knows I speak broken Ar- abic; "Sabt shalum! Shu bidak ilyom?" he asks; "Hadol, lau samaht." but he al- ready has lilies read- y for me. #TankaTuesday For Tanka Tuesday, Colleen offers us the above image by photographer Terri Webster Schrandt as inspiration to… Continue reading Lilies, or: Sillilies

Before, or: After Sundown on Friday

An American sentence: Traffic thins out throughout Jerusalem on Fridays before Shabbat. What's an 'American Sentence'? Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the American Sentence, felt that the haiku didnโ€™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 that removing the… Continue reading Before, or: After Sundown on Friday

Kaddish, or:

A 'Cento' poem Sources: Kaddish by Leon Wieseltier, 2000 (p. 18) [in italics] by Nathan Englander, 2019 (p. 18) [in bold] Cento: Sabbath arrives- committed disbelief in worship, mikvah-dipping, synagogue- attending, my spiritual purpose part in parcel with transliteration of the prayer; the very same things in the very same way- the customs that… Continue reading Kaddish, or:

Sauvignon, or: Merlot

A poem in 'Memento' form The candles lit; the blessings said; All gathered for dinner As one; Sometimes the wine goes to our heads; Sauvignon's a winner- All gone. Relaxing, we ease weary minds; And feeling the warm glow- Hearts soar; On our Day of Rest, let's unwind- Please- uncork that Merlot- And pour. Memento?… Continue reading Sauvignon, or: Merlot

Dog, or: God

EPIGRAPH: "Mario, what do you get when you cross an insomniac, an unwilling agnostic and a dyslexic?" "I give." "You get someone who stays up all night torturing himself mentally over the question of whether or not there's a dog."-David Foster Wallace (1962 โ€“ 2008) The Sabbath for Jews is twenty-five hours long. It keeps… Continue reading Dog, or: God

Time, or: Space

An American Sentence in 12 words Inspired by Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel z"l (1907 โ€“ 1972) The Sabbath is a #palace constructed in time, rather than in space. The prompt: #palace (#storyin12) What's an 'American Sentence'? Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the American Sentence, felt that the haiku didnโ€™t work as well in English.… Continue reading Time, or: Space

The Candlelight, or: Form verses creativity

Sangeetha & David's new poetry project Once upon a time, two poets who'd never met in person spontaneously began writing verses back and forth to one another over the Internet. Their first poetry project took them some nine months: a 100 verse Hyakuin. Once they'd completed their oeuvre, the two decided to continue their creative… Continue reading The Candlelight, or: Form verses creativity

Twitter poetry 2021: Week 52

My blogger-poet-friend Ingrid inspired me to create a Twitter account and start writing #APoemADay, which I began on January 1, 2021. This week, the very last week of 2021, I posted a series of Biolets to Twitter, which I wrote a while ago. I'm thrilled to say that I've completed my full year's worth of micropoems for 2021, and… Continue reading Twitter poetry 2021: Week 52