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  2. Baku Our lives are poems in hushed tones screaming NOW NOW NOW Do you think Japanese parents lied to their children with tales of the Baku who stole nightmares? Why would they do that? War for profit Death by Greed Where are the Dream Stealers now? And she said I don’t know if it’s OK To be happy Child Child Child Always OK on your Deathbed In your Sickness In your Struggle In your Fear In your Joy Always OK Always OK Life is what happens Not more Not Less Awake Awake Awake Hush now Why let them take what is Yours? Love Love Love Nothing More Nothing Less.
  3. Tinker, I find this (and many of your recent works) To be filled with the kind of depth, wisdom, that moves one toward a grasp of the ineffable. Beautiful in its simplicity, and poignant. Many Many Thanks! Juris
  4. River Crossing Take me to a dark place where blind bats see and rodents nest and a single candle's glow is swallowed by the void. Take me to a dark space where dreamless sleep cocoon's my heavy limbs curling into a tight sphere so no one will notice me. Take me to that dark place where the suspended bridge from the living to the dead is camouflaged by river mist and I can cross unimpeded. .~~~ Judi Van Gorder
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  6. Thanks so much, Tony!
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  8. The desert waters it's ghost as it paints a mirage of the rain falling on a rose trapped in a mirror, hands appear outside of me like roses on a thorn, they demand grain, dreams are watering hope. There is a rose that exists in form waiting to be born out of nature's apparatus, but she will only offer the thorns of a paradigm that haunts in camouflage. To some my people are grains of sand ready to make blind those whose synthetic sun rows against the real sun on night's boat. The river's ghost lays here waiting for the rains. I will flatten the earth to make it into a parachute, shaking out silver, gold, sand, and rogues will fall.
  9. What Do You Want? I made a list I want Scotty to get better grades I want Bob to make more money I want Momma to get well I want Linda to find love I want people to be kind I want peace on earth Then she said "NO! What do YOU want? How can YOU make it happen?" ~~Judi Van Gorder
  10. Thanks Badge. We write our experiences and I'm afraid I'm stuck with this for a while. It has given me something to write about. ~~Tink
  11. Me too. The starkness is characteristic honesty and strength. Compelling write. take care badge
  12. Thanks Tony, The form is new to me and fit the subject. 3 in 1 stanzas, the space slows it down and gives it a thoughtful cadence. Oooh that line needs to be in my description in reference section, I'm going to edit. Yep I have no reason not to be optimistic. So far so good and I'm on a mission. ~~ Judi
  13. Thank You All.... Writing very little these days, my life consumed by Doc Concrescence, which is poetry, of a sort;-) But its good I can still produce something worthwhile for other poets. Juris
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    Judi, it sounds like a lovely place to call home. I know it's like that also for my sister in SoCal. Tony
  15. I like the orderliness in this poem, Judi. To me, its appearance is that of two concise stanzas. There's an appropriate starkness, a clinical bleakness that's sobering. Even so, the last line has an optimistic note. Tony
  16. Juris, The "yard work," the look back at childhood to where it all began, the pet, and the loss of the beloved pet -- there's a pleasing cohesion in this poem. I enjoyed it very much. Tony
  17. They're both very nice Jay. I especially like the first one with summer/some are. Tony
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    Awe The Pacific melts into the west, a wash of greens and blues blurring the horizon until the sun slides down all orange and red and gold streaking the sky, reflecting off of the sea. It is then you can almost see Heaven's gates. ~~ Judi Van Gorder
  19. Stepping Up I've always cringed when hearing the C word. It conjured long ago images of my dying Dad, straining to breathe, trying so hard to be heard. Now I walk with Cancer daily, no tears shed. The process is long with needles and stitches. Today I wait word from oncology test to weigh whether or not to poison the bitches. It's step by step when pursuing my quest. ~~~Judi Van Gorder
  20. Great title, fab ending, and much to chew on. best badge
  21. HI DC, Well as usual you give me something to think about. That is one of the things I like about your work. I love the last 2 lines, so true but I don't get quite as deep as you, your dog must be super smart. Mine is just a little sweetheart with an independent streak. She will only listen so long.. " Trees stripped of the their Godhood" Wow all kinds of images came to mine. ~~Tink
  22. Hi Jay, Clever play on words In the first. The second one I can relate, it has been hot here although no rain. I believe the Trilinea (your source has a couple of misspells) has been around since the 50s and was first published in Pathways for a Poet, a book of poetic forms written for teachers and contributed to by teachers. I included it on my Haiku Wannabe page. The Trilinea appears to me to be a simplified 15th century Stornello which I think is more poetic. The Stornello is sometimes called Fiori which means "flower" so when I was writing a Stornello I did use the rose as a metaphor, very cliché but was perfect for me at the time. Using the word "rose" is not an element of the Stornello. ~~Tink Today I rose to see a world of possibilities beckoning me. ~~Judi Van Gorder
  23. Yard Work This is what the end feels like the lawnmower putters on unseasonably long grass the Change evident in too warm winters too wet summers I know his old bone hides there before I reach the corner where lawn has gone feral he passed a few short weeks ago the Canine soul whose center is MU No/Negation And I think of my father making me earn early 12-13 who now knows a work ethic reaps what it sows empty empty Relaxed compared to his parents invested in equal parts capital patriotism And it worked I cut other follies foolish water wasters expanses based on mis- appropriation The Dream to be Wealth Good Education Elite and unadorned with the suffering of poverty’s deep deep silences hidden beneath the shag carpet behind imitation oak repurposed Trees stripped of their Godhood replaced by simulations of the good the true the beautiful if there was a lower substrate than lower case I’d use it too Even here the Buddha rests Alas Alas calling Fake Fake Fake simulations of the Past replicating the errors with the same gusto our forebears reached for belts or branches we correct the animals by going past abstraction Alone the Dog and I talked for hours.
  24. Here are two poems made with a form that is completely new to me. At the bottom of the post is a link that explains the form. Summer flowers Roses, vincas, hostas, bushes Some are flowers —————————————————————————————————————————— Stifled by heat Roses drip with afternoon rain Body feels beat
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  26. Poet's Garret is a poetic community who's leader Terry Clitheroe has an extensive knowledge of poetic form. There you can find established classic forms where Terry often offers his own view of poetic purpose. I love reading some of his descriptions. Then like other sites, there are some unique forms that seem to begin there at the Garret. Those I include here. Busta Sonnetto is a contemporary sonnet form created by Teagan De Danaan that other than stanza pattern leaves the rest of the elements up to the poet. The elements of the Busta Sonnetto are: a quatorzain made up of two quintets and a quatrain in any order. metric at the discretion of the poet rhyme, at discretion of the poet. Some ideas abcab deced ffgg or abcab decde fgfg or aabcc dede ffbgg and it goes on and on use your imagination. pivot or volta at the poet's discretion. Collins Stanza or Sestet is an invented form created by Devena Collins and is basically a sixain made up of rhymed couplets with the last line of the first stanza repeated as a refrain in the last line of subsequent sixains. When written in iambic pentameter or Heroic Couplets it is called the Divine Collins. The elements of the Collins stanza are: stanzaic, written in any number of sixains. rhymed, rhyme scheme aabbcC ddeecC ffggcC etc meter at the discretion of the poet. When written in Heroic Couplets it is called the Divine Collins Stanza. composed with a refrain, L6 of the first stanza is repeated as a refrain in L6 in subsequent sixains. Dutch Sonnet is a contemporary invented form by Dutch poet Lenny Roovers. The pivot in this sonnet comes earlier than most and although it has been described as 2 sestets separated by a couplet, I read this more as an octave sestet form with the pivot after L6. The elements are: an octave made up of 2 quatrains followed by a sestet. Or a sestet, a couplet, and a sestet in that order. metric, iambic pentameter the octave presents to the problem, the sestet provides a solution (the tone and cadence should slow in the last sestet rhymed, rhyme scheme abab aacc dedfef pivot within the later part of the 2nd quatrain. The Envelope couplet sounds like an oxymoron to me. However it is in fact not a couplet at all but a sixain made up of couplets. Differing from the Stave Stanza only in adding L1 of the first stanza to repeat as well as L6. The elements of the Envelope Couplet are: stanzaic written in any number of sixains made up of 3 couplets. uniform length lines, often iambic tetrameter. rhymed, rhyme scheme A¹abbaA² A¹accaA² A¹addaA² etc. L1 of the first stanza is repeated as L1 of subsequent sixains and L6 is repeated as L6 or subsequent sixains. The German Sonnet was apparently created upon his death by "his colleagues" as a tribute to German poet, Johan Wolfgang von Goethe. The elements of the German Sonnet are: a quatorzain made up of 2 quatrains and a sestet. metric, preferably iambic pentameter. rhymed, rhyme scheme abba bccb cdd cdd placement of pivot at the discretion of the poet. The Goethe Stanza, is probably a recently invented form patterned from a poem or play in verse by 18th century poet and playwright, Johan Wolfgang von Goethe. The Garret simply describes the form by rhyme scheme and line breaks. It is 3 stanzas in 1 that slows down the content to a thoughtful cadence. It gives the poet the discretion of meter. Upon further research I was unable to come up with an example. The elements of the Goethe are: stanzaic, 3 stanzas in 1. A quatrain created by rhyme scheme then broken by stanzaic thought units, a stich followed by a couplet followed by a stich with space between each. rhymed, rhyme scheme abab cdcd efef etc meter at the poet's discretion. Stepping Up I've always cringed when hearing the C word. It conjured long ago images of my dying Dad, straining to breathe, trying so hard to be heard. Now I walk with Cancer daily, no tears shed. The process is long with needles and stitches. Today I wait word from oncology test to weigh whether or not to poison the bitches. It's step by step when pursuing my quest. ~~~Judi Van Gorder Irish Sonnet is similar to the English or Shakespearean Sonnet but with linking rhyme. The elements of the Irish Sonnet are: a quatorzain made up of 3 quatrains and ending in a couplet. metric, preferably iambi pentameter rhyme, rhyme scheme with linking rhyme abab bcbc cdcd dd. pivot at the discretion of the poet. Ivorian Sonnet is an invented form by Ivor Hogg with a progressive stanza that has a multitude of options. The elements of the Ivorian Sonnet are: a quatorzain made up of a couplet, a triplet, a quatrain and a quintain in that order. metric, preferably iambic pentameter. pivot at the discretion of the poet. rhymed, rhyme scheme aa bcb dede and the quintain can be any one of the below 120 combinations. Ivorian Sonnet Quintain Variations 1 - 24 a.b.c.d.e. a.b.c.e.d. a.b.d.c.e. a.b.d.e.c. a.b.e.c.d. a.b.e.d.c. a.c.b.d.e. a.c.b.e.d. a.c.d.b.e. a.c.d.e.b. a.c.e.b.d. a.c.e.d.b. a.d.b.c.e. a.d.b.e.c. a.d.c.b.e. a.d.c.e.b. a.d.e.b.c. a.d.e.c.b. a.e.b.c.d. a.e.b.d.c. a.e.c.b.d. a.e.c.d.b. a.e.d.b.c. a.e.d.c.b. Ivorian Sonnet Quintain Variations 25 - 48 b.a.c.d.e. b.a.c.e.d. b.a.d.c.e. b.a.d.e.c. b.a.e.c.d. b.a.e.d.c. b.c.a.d.e. b.c.a.e.d. b.c.d.a.e. b.c.d.e.a. b.c.e.a.d. b.c.e.d.a. b.d.a.c.e. b.d.a.e.c. b.d.c.e.a. b.d.c.a.e. b.d.e.a.c. b.d.e.c.a. b.e.a.c.d. b.e.a.d.c. b.e.c.a.d. b.e.c.d.a. b.e.d.a.c. b.e.d.c.a. Ivorian Sonnet Quintain Variations 25 - 48 c.a.b.d.e. c.a.b.e.d. c.a.d.b.e. c.a.d.e.b. c.a.e.b.d. c.a.e.d.b. c.b.a.d.e. c.b.a.e.d. c.b.d.a.e. c.b.d.e.a. c.b.e.a.d. c.d.e.d.a. c.d.a.b.e. c.d.a.e.b. c.d.b.a.e. c.d.b.e.a. c.d.e.a.b. c.d.e.b.a. c.e.a.b.d. c.e.a.d.b. c.e.b.a.d. c.e.b.d.a. c.e.d.a.b. c.e.d.b.a. Ivorian Sonnet Quintain Variations 73 - 96 d.a.b.c.e. d.a.b.e.c. d.a.c.b.e. d.a.c.e.b. d.a.e.b.c. d.a.e.c.b. d.b.a.c.e. d.b.a.e.c. d.b.c.a.e. d.b.c.e.a. d.b.e.a.c. d.b.e.c.a. d.c.a.b.e. d.c.a.e.b. d.c.b.a.e. d.c.b.e.a. d.c.e.a.b. d.c.e.b.a. d.e.a.b.c. d.e.a.c.b. d.e.b.a.c. d.e.b.c.a. d.e.c.a.b. d.e.c.b.a Ivorian Sonnet Quintain Variations 97 - 120 e.a.b.c.d. e.a.b.d.c. e.a.c.b.d. e.a.c.d.b. e.a.d.b.c. e.a.d.c.b. e.b.a.c.d. e.b.a.d.c. e.b.c.a.d. a.b.c.d.a. e.b.d.a.c. e.b.d.c.a. e.c.a.b.d. e.c.a.d.b. e.c.b.a.d. e.c.b.d.a. e.c.d.a.b. e.c.d.b.a. e.d.a.b.c. e.d.a.c.b. e.d.b.a.c. e.d.b.c.a. e.d.c.a.b. e.d.c.b.a. The John Tee Sonnet an invented sonnet form that I am assuming was created by John Tee. It appears to get its inspiration from the French Sonnet or Rondel Prime but give the poet discretion in meter, rhyme (or not) and pivot placement. The elements of the John Tee Sonnet are: a quatorzain, using the standard octave, sestet frame. However the octave is made up of a couplet, a quatrain and a couplet, in that order and the sestet is made up of a quatrain followed by a couplet. metric, or not at the discretion of the poet. rhymed or not at the discretion of the poet. /li> composed with the first couplet, L1-L2, repeated as a refrain in L7-L8 and L11-12 The Mabini Sonnet created by Filipino poet Jose Reyes in honor Apolinario Mabini y Maranan (1864-1903) the Philippine's first prime minister. The sonnet is made up of 2 sestets bridged by a couplet. These stanzas are created by thought units rather than by rhyme pattern. Looking at the rhyme pattern it would appear that the stanzas should be a quatrain followed by a sestet followed by a quatrain. The elements of the Mabini Sonnet are: a quatorzain made up of a sestet, a couplet and a sestet, in that order lines of uniform order. rhyme, rhyme scheme abbacc aa ddaeea pivot or volta sometime in last sestet The Magic 9 is not attributed to any inventor but this one almost seems to have invented itself. The magic word abracadabra with possibly the "r" key sticking transformed to abacadaba and a rhyme scheme magically appeared to a poet who incorporated the scheme into a 9 line poem. Personally I like the idea of the entire word being used, I guess then it would be called the Magic 11. The elements of the Magic 9 are: a nonet or poem in 9 lines, if you want the challenge make it 11. meter at discretion of poet rhyme, a b a c a d a b a c and d=unrhymed or for the Magic 11, a b r a c a d a b r a c and d unrhymed Malaysian Sonnet, invented by Jose Rizal M. Reyes is an English or Shakespearean Sonnet with a unique rhyme scheme. The elements of the Malaysian Sonnet are: a quatorzain made up of 3 quatrains ending with a declamatory couplet metric, preferably iambic pentameter rhymed, rhyme scheme aaba bbcb ccdc dd pivot late in the sonnet The Mathlish Sonnet is joins the Persian and Arabic Mathwani stanzas into the first 10 lines of the sonnet. The creator of this brainchild is not indicated but I think any poet attempting this form would honor not only the frame but the exotic source of its name in the content. The elements of the Mathlish Sonnet are: a quatorzain made up of any combination of 2 Persian Mathwani couplets and 2 Arabic Mathwani triplets and ending with a quatrain. The Persian Mathwani couplets and the Arabic Mathwani triplets are complete and closed. syllabic, the Persian Mathwani adheres to a strict 11 syllable line. the rest of the poem can loosen the reigns a little. rhymed both the Persian and Arabic Mathwani stanzas are mono-rhymed, depending on sequence, the rhyme scheme could be aa bbb cc ddd or aaa bb ccc dd or aa bbb ccc dd etc. The quatrain can be abab, abba or aabb. the volta or pivot occurs after L10 within the closing quatrain. The Nocturna as an invented form carries a nocturnal theme contained within nine lines. The nine lines are divided into three units, each to address "lessons recited during the night". I'm not really sure what that means but my interpretation is the 3 units are each individual thoughts or musings that might come to one preparing to sleep, linked by rhyme and theme. The elements are: a poem in 9 lines made up of 3 tercets composed with 3 nocturnal thoughts meter at the discretion of the poet. rhymed aba cbc dbd. Nocturne Poetry is verse based on a nocturnal theme, evoking the moods of the night or late evening from dark, sinister, erotic, romantic, mysterious, frustrating or whatever happens in the night. The frame is at the discretion of the poet. The elements of Nocturne Poetry are: composed with the mood and theme of the night structure, meter and rhyme are at the discretion of the poet. Novelinee is a stanzaic form invented by Sarah Rayburn inspired by the Spencerian stanza. Unlike the Spencerian Stanza all lines are written in iambic pentameter. A unique feature is L9 of each stanza is chained as L1 of the next stanza and so on. In a "Closed Novelinee" which is a poem in 2 stanzas, L1 of the first stanza is repeated as L9 of the second stanza. The elements of the Novelinee are: stanzaic, written in any number of 9 line stanzas or a "Closed Nobelinee" is limited to two 9 line stanzas. metric, all lines iambic pentameter. rhymed, ababcdcdD DedefhfhH HihijkjkK etc "Closed Nobelinee" AbabcdcdD DedefafaA Rosarian Sonnet is an invented form by Bruce Henderson uses linked quintets and give the option to link or not to the concluding quatrain. The elements of the Rosarian Sonnet are: a quatorzain made up of 2 quintets followed by a quatrain. preferably iambic pentameter. rhymed, rhyme scheme aabcc ddbee followed by fggf or bbaa or ffbb etc. pivot or volta after L10. Soneto Cinco, Cuatro y Cinco is an invented sonnet form that incorporates the Quintanilla or Spanish Quintain at head and tail with a quatrain inbetween. The elements of the Soneto are: a quatorzain made up of a quintain, a quatrain and a quintain in that order. syllabic, in keeping with the Quintanilla, lines are 8 syllables. rhymed, rhyme scheme. aabba ccdd eeffe (the rhyme of the Quintanilla can be any combination of rhyme accept it can never end in a rhymed couplet.) pivot or volta any time after L9 The Sonnetina, little song, is described as a poetic, metric, decastich. There are five Sonnetinas, Uno, Due, Tre, Quatro and Cinque. Each has different features. Whatever frame chosen within the decastich, the poem should not be broken by stanza but appear as a one unit 10 line poem. All five must be metric, be one unit of 10 lines and in the spirit of the sonnet, all five must sing. Sonnetina Uno is a decastich or ten line poem written in unrhymed iambic tetrameter. Sonnetina Due is a decastich or 10 line poem made up of 5 couplets. The poet has the discretion to use any couplet form. Meter and rhyme of course would correspond with couplet form choice. If Heroic Couplets are chosen the form should be referred to as a Heroic Sonnetina. Sonnetina Tre is a decastich made up of 3 stanzas, two quatrains and a couplet. The obvious frame would be much like the English or Shakespearean Sonnet, shy one quatrain. iambic pentameter with rhyme, abab cdcd ee. However there are many quatrain frames and the poet has the discretion to use any quatrain frame, (alternating rhyme, envelope rhyme, In Memoriam, Heroic Quatrain etc as long as the frame is metric) and may use any combination of the 2 quatrains and couplet. Sonnetina Quatro is a decastich that gives the appearance of a mini Italian or Petrarchan Sonnet. It consists of a sestet followed by a quatrain, like a trimmed down octave-sestet. Rhyme and meter are at the discretion of the poet but some metric measure must be selected. Sonnetina Cinque is a decastich made up of of two cinquains. Any 5 line frame may be used as long as it is has some metric or syllabic measure. The first stanza makes its statement, and the second gives an argument to that statement or the first asks a question and the second answers. The Swannet is simply an invented sonnet form made up of three envelope quatrains followed by a rhymed couplet repeating L1 and L4 in the couplet. The elements of the Swannet are: a quatorzain made up of three quatrains followed by a couplet metric, preferably iambic pentameter rhymed, rhyme scheme A¹bbA² cddc effe A¹A². L1 is repeated in L13 and L4 is repeated in L14 pivot placement at the poet's discretion. Wreathed Verse and Unwreathed Verse were the idea of Welsh poet George Herbert in 1633, most likely inspired by the ancient Welsh Meters liberal use of internal rhyme. It is simply a poetic device that can be adapted to many stanzaic and verse forms. It is basically creating internal rhyme from the end rhyme of the previous line (Wreathed) or reversing the rhyme beginning with the internal rhyme that will rhyme with the end word of the next line (unwreathed). This can be done with most stanzas Wreathed Octave, Wreathed Quintain, Unwreathed Quatrain etc., Unwreathed Sestet. Wreathed Verse Placement of internal rhyme can be anywhere in the first half of the line. x x x x x x x x x a x x x a x x x x x b x x b x x x x x x c x x x x c x x x x a Unwreathed Verse is simply wreathed verse in reverse. x x x a x x x x x x b x x x x x x x x x x a x a x x x x x x x x b x x x x x x x x x x a
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  28. Haiku Journal 2017 jvg #34 Ooops, I guess it isn't over until it is over. not over yet, more tests tumor too large to ignore chemo still in mix
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