The Carrot Ranch April 1, 2021, flash fiction prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about a swift passage. You can take inspiration from any source. Who is going where and why? What makes it swift? Go where the prompt leads!
Respond by April 6, 2021.
This is my poetic, 99-word contribution for this week written as a tribute to Sue Vincent. ❤
This is a difficult subject to write about but one that deserves attention. My brother-in-law suffers from this debilitating disease.
Parkinson’s Disease Statistics:
Nearly one million will be living with Parkinson’s disease (PD) in the U.S. by 2020, which is more than the combined number of people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, and Lou Gehrig’s disease (or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)
Approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with PD each year.
More than 10 million people worldwide are living with PD.
Incidence of Parkinson’s disease increases with age, but an estimated four percent of people with PD are diagnosed before age 50.
Men are 1.5 times more likely to have Parkinson’s disease than women.
The idea of immortality is ancient and goes far back into antiquity. Almost all religions have some concept of immortality, as well. There is much speculation about what this nectar of the devas (soma) really was. Could it have been fly-agaric? Or was it Cannabis?
How does a Pagan Buddhist view immortality? It’s a gift from the gods…
For Tanka Tuesday – I tried the Diatelle… finally! End rhymes have never been my favorite. I prefer the subtleness of haiku or tanka with the revelation that grabs you! Truthfully, I found it difficult to find the right word, as the rhyme dictated my choices. However, I enjoyed the form and will work with it further.
The Diatelle is a fun, syllable counting form like the etheree with a twist. The syllable structure of the diatelle is as follows: 1/2/3/4/6/8/10/12/10/8/6/4/3/2/1, but unlike an etheree, has a set rhyme pattern of abbcbccaccbcbba. This poetry form may be written on any subject matter and looks best center aligned in a diamond shape.
spring sunlight grows in might darkness recedes old winter wind’s harsh bite melts the last snow airing new weeds yellow heads releasing their fluffy seeds who like the scarlet cardinal have taken wing saffron forsythia blossoms now freed tumble gently like star shine beads new life, a welcome sight as marsh hares breed plants take heed life’s creed— spring
The tanka is one of the most popular forms in our challenge. Let’s review a few of the characteristics of the tanka.
The 5/7/5/7/7 syllabic form is written from the perspective of the poet. Japanese poetry has stricter rules than other poetry, although the tanka is the most forgiving of these forms.
The first three lines of your tanka should convey a specific theme. The last two lines of your tanka are usually where the pivot occurs. The pivot should change the course of your writing with an implied metaphor, or some kind of comparison. You want to link the two parts of your poetry so the reader can connect to your meaning in fresh ways.
Don’t end your lines with articles and prepositions. Always use precise language: verbs, adjectives, etc. Use your five senses when writing tanka poetry.
Compose, read, and write your tanka poems to be read forward and backward. Often, the meaning changes or becomes more impactful to the reader when read backward.
Frank Tassone is buried in three feet of snow! For his Haikai challenge #177, this week he asks us to write our favorite haikai poem (haiku, senryu, haibun, tanka, haiga, renga, etc.) alluding to either:
This week, the Tanka Tuesday Ekphrastic poetry challenge asked us to write our poetry using the psychology of color. We can take the image at face value, or choose a specific color in the rainbow umbrella to write about, or we can write about the lack of color. However, we interpret this image is up to us… we just have to make sure to incorporate the psychology of color.
Notice the “gray” bland coloring of the waterfall in the image. Gray is an interesting neutral, stuck between black and white, neither good nor evil. This color signifies distance, remoteness, almost a cold reckoning. I used the Badger Hexastich for this image because the short syllable structure helped to convey my word choice. The first stanza accentuates the gray.
The second stanza zeroes in on the symbolism of the rainbow umbrella – diversity found in the colors of the rainbow.
This Badger Hexastich deals with opposites: alone, and with you. Check out the cheatsheet to learn more about this form. It’s updated on wordcraftpoetry. com.
Frank Tassone’s Haikai challenge asks us to celebrate by writing the haikai poem of our choice (haiku, senryu, haibun, tanka, haiga, renga, etc.) that allude to either Cold Moon (fuyu no tsuki), New Year’s Eve (toshi no yo), or New Year’s Day (ganjitsu).
Here’s how the challenge works:
1. write the haikai poem of your choice. 2. post the link of your post to Mister Linky. 3. pingback by posting the link to the challenge on your site. 4. read and comment on other contributors’ posts.
I started with a 2/3/2 haiku, a 3/5/3 haiku, and finished with a traditional 5/7/5 haiku all dedicated to the Cold Moon (fuyu no tsuki).
Cold moon hopes and dreams fulfilled
Long night’s moon darkness and cold hides spring below
December Full Moon myths awaken under stars the goddess slumbers