|Backyard cherry blossoms on this gorgeous April Fool's Day|
I'm daring myself to write at least one poem draft a day and am inspired by a private writing challenge and safe forum that poetess Jennifer Givhan has offered up. (I recommend you keep an eye out for her upcoming poetry collection, Landscape with Headless Mama.) The poems I work on there will remain secrets. Rough-hewn on the edges, I will tumble and polish them to my liking before I decide whether to share them.
For now, I think I'll stick to amusing myself with fun form challenges such as this one from Maureen Thorson's generous
NaPoWriMo /30 Poems in 30 Days site. Her prompt today is as follows:
"And now, our prompt (optional, as always). Today, I challenge you to write a lune. This is a sort of English-language haiku. While the haiku is a three-line poem with a 5-7-5 syllable count, the lune is a three-line poem with a 5-3-5 syllable count. There’s also a variant based on word-count, instead of syllable count, where the poem still has three lines, but the first line has five words, the second line has three words, and the third line has five words again. Either kind will do, and you can write a one-lune poem, or write a poem consisting of multiple stanzas of lunes. Happy writing!"
Here are my two attempts, both inspired by my view outside today:
cherries blossom and
too high for my grasp
clumps of flowers advertise health
summon the bees
dead branches obscured in lichen
Want to join me? Post your poems in the comments!