Poetry challenge #27: San San

This form, the san san, is another little beauty that I find extremely appealing. It was a NaPoWriMo prompt suggested by Thomas Kearney. There’s a lovely example of a san san on his blog here

The san san is an eight line poem using three images repeated three times and a rhyme scheme that goes: abcabdcd.

It needs a bit of thought, but then what doesn’t? I hope you’ll give it a try. Post your creations in the comments preferably with a pingback. Pingbacks seem to be infallible. Other links sometimes go astray, dissolve into thin air etc.

Here is my san san.


Listening to the wind among the reeds,

I watch the black kite glide across the lake,

Smell the blossom on the apple tree.

Wind brings ocean memories, and the seeds

To fill another orchard, in the wake

Of black kite, hunting where the field mice run.

Like wind and kite my thoughts fly bright and free,

Lake water caught beneath the rising sun.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

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