Poetry challenge#37: Red boat

This week, I’m introducing the rondelet, a form I’ve just discovered. It’s short and has no rhyme pattern, which should please some people. There is also a refrain, which pleases me. It’s not as easy as it looks though, to get something satisfying out of it, so be warned. Operating instructions are here.

Oops. Forgot to add the bit about posting the link to your poem in the comments below. A pingback is best if you can get it to work. Always best to check I’ve got it.

No apologies for choosing an Odilon Redon painting for the image this week. I love his work and find it full of inspiration. Only one prompt word this time since the poem is very short. My poem follows.

journey

823px-Redon,_Odilon_-_La_Voile_jaune_(The_Yellow_Sail)_-_Google_Art_Project

My love and I,

In a red barque with yellow sail.

My love and I,

Crossing oceans, sunset headed,

Follow a dream or just a gull.

Hand in hand, heart to heart we glide,

My love and I.

Rainbow feathers

A chain of short verses inspired by twitter prompts and linked by this painting by Redon, the other side of yesterday’s coin.

Redon.beatrice

I drink the colours of the world

And give them back in poems,

Light as feathers,

Soft as birds,

Bright as rainbows.

 

Dew falls through the mist,

River winds slow between green banks,

Blackbird sings,

Blind and deaf to the world,

As, enthralled by beauty,

So too am I.

 

And yet and yet,

Years tick by like seconds,

So close, we seem, to the brink.

Beyond, a sullen sea slaps & slops,

Waiting for our missed step.

 

I gather my rainbow feathers,

Hold them tight,

And when the dark wind blows

And the grey sea sucks,

I will fly,

Wind-blown, wave-washed,

And perhaps, if all that’s left is dreams,

Find what lies in the sun’s fiery nest.

Poetry challenge #29: Tears

I’m giving this idea another spin this week, a painting and a handful of words as a prompt. Please post a link to your poem in the comments. You have a week to produce a masterpiece.

The words you might like to use are:

Tears, horizon, fly, hue, stealing.

The painting (charcoal drawing actually) is by Odilon Redon, entitled ‘Tears’.

794px-Odilon_Redon_-_Tears_(Les_Pleurs)_-_Google_Art_Project

This is what I came up with.

Flight

 

Do I hear music in the light,

Stealing over the pale horizon,

Pearling the dawn with dreamlike hues?

Or is it the just the careless sound

Of your bright, parting laughter?

Could I fly, I would,

And follow where you drift,

But tears weigh heavy as lead,

Tying me with dull grey cords

To the dusky shreds of night.

Once you were sunlight

Another pantoum, just to prove it’s possible.

Odilon_Redon_-_Dante_et_Béatrice

Once you were sunlight on my face,

You were the moon on August nights,

The sun-bright days left ne’er a trace,

I strung our room with northern lights.

 

You were the moon on August nights,

And when the sky was filled with stars,

I strung our room with northern lights,

And brought our dreamings home in jars.

 

And when the night was filled with stars,

We walked the lanes beneath the trees,

And brought our dreamings home in jars,

Cast our wishes on the breeze.

 

We walked the lanes beneath the trees

Of all the world I saw only you,

Cast our wishes on the breeze,

But you would not stay the winter through

 

Of all the world I saw only you,

Once you were sunlight on my face,

But you would not stay the winter through,

The sun-bright days leave ne’er a trace.