Poetry challenge #3: Samhain

This week’s theme is obviously Halloween, Samhain, Toussaint, All Hallows, whatever you want to call it—the end of the old year and the beginning of the new. This is the time when the dead are close, our waking world and the otherworld touch, the door between them is open.

Be inspired by the season, the myths, or the picture. One more round of sept form—seven lines of 1-2-3-4-3-2-1 syllables respectively. Get writing and post your creations here.

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Here are my efforts.

Souls

long dead

hasten from

the otherworld

drawn moth-like

to flame

bright.

 

Dark

night falls

moonless sky

still the lake lies

candle flame

draws you

home.

 

Love

once warm

your heart was

now still and cold

let the flame

your steps

light.

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Poetry challenge #2: Swans

Welcome to the second poetry challenge. Since everybody seemed to have fun with the sept form last week, we’ll give it another go.
Remember (or if you didn’t see last week’s post) the form is seven lines in the syllable pattern, 1-2-3-4-3-2-1.
The theme for this week, as you have probably gathered, is swans, any aspect or association, or inspired by the painting by Walter Leistikow
Please join in in flocks, and leave your sept creations in the comments or as links to your blog post.

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Swans
Rising
From the lake
In winged glory
Mist glimmer
Sorrow
Fled.

Sept poetry challenge: Hands, the entries

Last week I threw out a challenge to write a sept poem on the theme of hands and using the detail from the Arnolfini portait as inspiration.
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Here are the poems you sent in, a string of pearls.

First and second, nicely balanced pieces, came from Kris the Bard

Life
Begins
All too soon
We grow older
Childhood hope
Is long
Gone


Joy
Beauty
Passion
Intangible
Evidence
Describes
Love

Next a lovely inspirational poem from Ali Isaac

Walk
Take my
Hand and go
I’ll be your guide
Your support
Be brave
Walk

Then Harriet Goodchild’s beautiful verse

Two
Hands trace
Patterns slow
Love’s sweet embrace
Touches flow
In grace
New

Rivrvlogr has given his philosophical sept a title: Offering

faith
offered
accepted
no exceptions
willingly
embraced
love

https://rivrvlogr.wordpress.com/2015/10/16/offering/

To read Peter Bouchier’s poem: Clap, just nip over to his blog.
https://peterbouchier.wordpress.com/english-essays-and-poems-2/clap-sept/

Elusive Trope, the instigator of all this sent this moving and erudite poem.

TRUST

hands
joining
gesture: fides
manulalis
the business
husband
wife

Next one, defiant and emphatic, is from Manpreet

My
Heart holds
Tight what my
Hands fail to. I
Tonight fight
For my
Dreams.

The Secret Keeper has gone into this challenge with all guns blazing and a set of three poems.
http://thesecretkeeper.net/2015/10/18/poetry-challenge-sept-hands/

Kat Myrman also produced a trilogy
https://kmmyrman.wordpress.com/2015/10/18/a-trilogy-of-septs/

And TJParis added this little gem before the list closed.

Clasp
My Hand
My true love
And in my palm
You will find
My heart
There

Thank you all for joining in the fun of trying out this form which is certainly new to me. They are all splendid little poems, so bravo everybody.
Tomorrow I will post a new theme, so if you fancy having another go at a Sept poem, don’t miss it!

Poetry challenge: Sept

This is a challenge I am throwing out to all and sundry. The sept, I learned from Doug, the Elusive Trope, is a poetry form of seven lines following the syllable pattern of 1-2-3-4-3-2-1. It isn’t as tricky as it sounds so do please have a go.

The theme is hands, with the van Eyck detail as a prompt if you like.

Jan_van_Eyck_003This is my attempt. Post yours in the comments or if you post it on your blog, as a link. Get creating!

Hands

unclasp

love fading

my misfortune

misplaced hope

bruised heart

weeps.

Haiku challenge: Tears & wine

Quite painless this week. Must be the wine. Thanks to Ronovan for the prompt 🙂

Painting by John Singer Sargent

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Salt tears flow like wine

tossed away the dregs of love

into the wild sea.


Wine we shared once, love

now days stretch dry and empty

salt tears fill my glass.


No more tears for us

pour the wine and fill the glass

roses bloom again.

Haiku challenge: Five and Thrive

This week’s haiku challenge from Ronovan was made for me. Well, me and everybody else with five children. My haiku seem to come in pairs, so here they are. Please visit Ronovan’s blog for links to the other blogs participating.

The painting is by Van Gogh
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Five roses we made
five plants set against our wall
climb and thrive in peace.

Five children we made
a bower for our old age
thrives in our shelter.

Haiku Challenge: Inspire and Loss

This week’s haiku in response to the challenge from Ronovan. If you are sick of me and blackbirds, read no further.

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Blackbird

Song spring-inspired

fading into dark winter

your death the earth’s loss.

In two lines:

Song, spring-inspired, fading into dark winter.

Fading into dark winter, your death, the earth’s loss.