Linda Lee Lyberg at Charmed Chaos posted a wonderful August Challenge poem for this month’s Casting Bricks. Her Somonka is in bold, and my completion of it follows. Everyone is welcome to join in with Jilly’s August Challenge in which we write, post and link a half poem for another poet to complete. There is great stretching of our poetic muscles in the process of collaborative writing, and tremendous fun, too. Join us!
Completing Frank Hubeny’s second Challenge for Casting Bricks took his gentle words in a love-gone-wrong direction as I focused in on the symbolism of the colors. Frank’s words are in bold. Please join us in Jilly’s August Challenge; the more, the merrier!
Lady loved the plants’ light green
With flowers brightly red.
Her face angelically serene
Had leaves to shade her head.
Lacking luck when first she loved,
gone the green; hindsight.
Wronged by fate or the hand above
red petals rage; leaves an angry blight.
The Somonka is a Japanese poetic form that is designed to be collaborative, so it is perfect that Imelda chose that as her challenge for Casting Bricks. A Somonka is a love poem in the form of two Tankas. One lover writes the first 5 lines and the other responds with a second Tanka. Imelda’s Tanka, Loss, is in bold and my response follows. Please forgive my incorrect usage of the language and my verbing of a noun.
Jilly’s August Challenge known as “Casting Bricks” is open to anyone who would care to join in; the more the merrier! There is a permalink on my right-hand side bar or you can click here for details.
Whoop! Day 28!!! A few days ago I was musing over the fact that so many of my poems are about nature, the moon, & etc. “Why don’t I write about something mundane, like that bent Road Work Ahead sign or a traffic light?” My mind composed this in the wee small hours and it seems a fitting finality to these amazing 28 Days of Unreason. Once again, the words of Jim Harrison from Songs of Unreason have been mind-expanding and a true source of inspiration. Thank you to all who have joined in, some every day and others as the muse prompts. Lynn, Charley & Qbit have been amazingly faithfull to the prompts and the light of my day for 28 of them. Jane has caught the fever as well as Frank, Jenna,Hank, Jeren, and NoStAugustine. Did I miss anyone? The response has overjoyed me! Where should we go next? Rilke? Whitman? (I need a vacation! LOL) Love Y’all! ~ Jilly
“Why does the mind compose this music well before the words occur?”
~ Jim Harrison
I will the light,
“Stay green. Stay green.”
Mindjackers surround the car
wrench open my door
their mouths open
with words I
in their Magus hands.
With only one remaining day in the 28 Days of Unreason, this was one of the most difficult prompts for me to write from; there are many crumpled pages scattered round my feet. It worked best when I limited myself to the short form of Cinquain. Songs of Unreason has been a great source for these writing prompts. Here is today’s Harrison quote and my Cinquain in response:
“It is life’s work to recognize the mystery of the obvious”
Collaborative poetry has turned into a favorite for me as we move into the Casting Bricks August Challenge. I take up Jeren Nazuto’s Challenge to write an Interlocking Rubáiyát. The first half of the poem, in bold, is Jeren’s excellent groundwork which he entitled The End. Thank you to Jeren for introducing this terrific form! All are welcome to join us in the August Challenge where we write a half poem and our fellow poets complete it. Just click on the Casting Bricks side bar to the right→
The world, burning around me All the lands and the sea I weep in streams and rivers Over the fallen world tree
From the sins, the fire delivers The earth’s misguided caregivers And all the pain and suffering Fueling my body shivers
The sacrifice for my soul’s buffering
awakens, dries my tears unsuffering
the world may ash round my shoes
like fallen leaves, rustling
Lift my eyes, the horizon peruse
quell my fears, none to accuse
all glorious for eternity
body shivers there diffused