Today is the last NaPoWritMo post for 2021, including my Poem-A-Day practice. I kept up fairly well this year. I had a few days, I just couldn’t get there, but I made up for those days on the next day. Today, I share a butterfly cinquain.
Happy Beltane. This pagan sabbat called Beltane runs from April 30 through May 1 from sunset to sunset.
Beltane celebrates Life. This is the peak of Spring and the beginning of Summer. You wouldn’t know it around here in Michigan, with that cold north wind blowing. At Beltane, the Earth’s energies are at their strongest and most active. All life is exploding with fertility and at this point in the Wheel of the Year, Spring has definitely sprung!
Traditionally, Mayday was celebrated with the dance around the maypole. I remember observing this day in grade school when I was very young. We all grabbed a ribbon and danced in the spring breezes.
There is no reason why we can’t celebrate this year the same way. After the year of Covid, the meaning should be extra special. Get outside and dance under the moon!
Day 29 of NaPoWritMo: “And now, for our prompt (optional, as always). This one is called “in the window.” Imagine a window looking into a place or onto a particular scene. It could be your childhood neighbor’s workshop, or a window looking into an alien spaceship. Maybe a window looking into a witch’s gingerbread cottage, or Lord Nelson’s cabin aboard the H.M.S. Victory. What do you see? What’s going on?”
Here’s a cinquain to share what’s outside my window. Chloe loves this spot. She sits on the stairs and observes the neighborhood. ❤
The NaPoWritMo prompt for today is: “Our prompt today (optional, as always), is to write a poem that poses a series of questions. The questions could be a mix of the serious (“What is the meaning of life?”) and humorous (“What’s the deal with cats knocking things off tables?”), the interruptive (“Could you repeat that?”) and the conversational (“Are those peanuts? Can I have some?”). You can choose to answer them – or just let the questions keep building up, creating a poem that asks the reader to come up with their own answer(s).”
Here’s a butterfly cinquain for our Tanka Tuesday theme of flowers, and why we love a certain one best. I can’t say that I have a favorite flower. I really love them all.
If I had to choose, it would be the daylily. It’s a hardy plant that can stand the harsh Michigan winters and even does well in the hot tropical sun in Florida. I’ve grown daylilies everywhere I’ve lived, except the desert. The 120 degrees F. heat was just too much for them.
There are so many varieties and color options from yellow to dark red, with all the tangerine oranges in between. Don’t forget fushia!
I’ve been itching to get my hands in the soil and to start planing. But first, there are bushes and a tree with roots growing above the ground to tear out, and compost to add to the soil. Dustin, my son from another mother, has volunteered to help me clear out the old bushes and trees that were never cared for. We’re blessed to have his help.
Once the bushes in the front are taken care of, we can move to the back where three plum trees were planted, then hacked down to bush size. The trees are in rough shape. They have to be removed as the tops were chopped off of them.
The best thing about gardening is that you can take your time. It’s therapeutic to work in the soil. It will be good to spend some time outside this summer. I can’t wait!
The neighbor’s lilacs are blooming outside our bedroom window. The bush almost reaches the second floor. Today, I honor the lilac with a Crapsey cinquain (2-4-6-8-2) for my Poem-a-Day practice and NaPoWritMo. April is almost finished…
This week, Anita Dawes selected the photo for the Ekphrastic photo prompt challenge on Word Craft: Prose & Poetry. The two cinquains will also take care of my poem-a-day commitment for yesterday and today, including NaPoWritMo.
I missed the opportunity to post this on Earth Day as was my intent. It’s been a busy week. My mirror cinquain follows:
Day 20 NaPoWritMo: This is an unusual syllabic form. I found myself writing sentences… I’m not sure I like that style… but here is what a Sijo is according to the guide:
Sijo are written in three lines, each averaging 14-16 syllables for a total of 44-46 syllables. Each line is written in four groups of syllables that should be clearly differentiated from the other groups, yet still, flow together as a single line. When written in English, sijo may be written in six lines, with each line containing two-syllable groupings instead of four. Additionally, as shown in the example below, liberties may be taken (within reason) with the number of syllables per group as long as the total syllable count for the line remains the same. However, it is strongly recommended that the third line consistently begins with a grouping of three syllables.
The first line is usually written in a 3-4-4-4 grouping pattern and states the theme of the poem, where a situation is generally introduced.
The second line is usually written in a 3-4-4-4 pattern (similar to the first) and is an elaboration of the first line’s theme or situation (development).
The third line is divided into two sections. The first section, the counter-theme, is grouped as 3-5, while the second part, considered the conclusion of the poem, is written as 4-3. The counter-theme is called the ‘twist,’ which is usually a surprise in meaning, sound, or other device.