Spring, or: Sprung

A quadrille (44 words) Having sprung past spring in the course of but one too-brief week, Israel once again puts winter radiators back into seasonal storage; opens windows wide; embraces summer's heat with open arms, sweat dripping down the small of its back, straight into its ass crack. d’Verse Quadrille #149 The above poem is… Continue reading Spring, or: Sprung

Beautiful cold stone, or: Dawn sunshine blanket

A magnetic sijo created with Magnetic Nature Poetry kit season of beautiful cold stone winter clouding gentle spring light dawn sunshine blanket over dark rocks fertile earth wet with bloom life follows path of moon cycle listen to her ancient song 'Ronovan Writes' poetry challenge Sijo Wednesday #2 Ronovan encourages poets to write sijos that… Continue reading Beautiful cold stone, or: Dawn sunshine blanket

Sunshine, or: Carpe Diem

Poetry Partners #52 'Flakes of Destruction', a poem by Jan Beekman of 'janbeek' Sitting in the sunshine Shedding drop by drip The lonely little snow mound Was just a tiny clip Of the Christmas blizzard Shirtless joggers ran by Oblivious to the remnant Of a storm from angry sky Jan Beekman: https://janbeek.blog/ An acrostic poem… Continue reading Sunshine, or: Carpe Diem

Pre-warmth, or: The Peak of Rains

Micro-Season (Kō) for early February in Jerusalem Major Season (Sekki): "Pre-warmth" ("Ha-khom Ha-kdam") Jerusalem's "Pre-warmth" Sekki is the tail end of winter, when it is still cold, but spring is on the horizon. It follows immediately after the coldest month of the year, which is January. Micro-Season (Kō): "The Peak of Rains" ("Si Ha-g'shamim") The… Continue reading Pre-warmth, or: The Peak of Rains

In, or: Out

An American sentence in 10 words: Occasionally, I wonder which of my forebears was first exiled. 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 In, or: Out

Slushy, or: Smoothie

An American sentence: Caked in uncommon, slushy snow, Jerusalem's worth photographing. 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 felt that removing the line… Continue reading Slushy, or: Smoothie

GMT+2, or: In the Mean Time

A collaborative Chagallian Loku by Michael Simonelli & David ben Alexander Jerusalem taupe, winter khamsin northward streams dark sands through our glass, one sand pebble left in the clock’s tapered shadow, sere wind breaks our wing somewhere now where God rests dunes caress with downy fill, eternal grains here, graceful echelon, mosaics carved, rarefied stars… Continue reading GMT+2, or: In the Mean Time