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.
Aishwarya, from Kitty’s Verses, picked an excellent photo for this month’s photo prompt. There is so much to write about.
I chose to write a senryu this week. Senryu are untitled, but for this challenge we use titles to keep our posts straight.
I don’t know… this photo haunted me. There with so many poetic possibilities. Finally, I settled on the old saying, “You can’t go home again.” Those railroad tracks definitely lead to the unknown.
There’s something poetic about the first time you leave home. When you return, it’s never like it was before you left. Time marches on and our perspectives change. We view life through the lens of a fool’s paradise. You know, the feeling of happiness you hold onto because you’re ignorant of the negative aspects of a situation? It’s all part of the growing up process.
“You Can’t Go Home Again,” #Senryu
a fool’s paradise journey into the unknown never to return
This week for my poetry challenge, Ritu picked an interesting photo. I got excited at what the rest of you saw or felt from the image. Some detected a malevolence, while others conveyed a normal evening with the moon overhead.
Shadorma poetry has its own rhythm and flow, called a sestet, a six-line stanza poem with syllables: 3/5/3/3/7/5 (26 syllables). As far as I can tell these poems don’t rhyme.
In my poetic research, I can find little out about the form. Supposedly, it originated in Spain, but I can’t back that up with facts. It could be a made-up form… does it matter? Someone made up all of these forms at one time or another. Have fun and experiment with the Shadorma.
Once in a Blue Moon
moonlit oaths broadcast to the night shuttered panes secrets kept in old segregated rooms unheard truths remain
From the examples I’ve seen of the form, the definition of phrase is in the eye of the beholder. A compound or complex sentence is probably too long, but I’ve seen phrases as short as one word and others more than five words.
So it’s a little loose, which is kind of the theory behind gogyohka. It’s meant to be concise (five lines) but free (variable line length with each phrase). No special seasonal or cutting words. No subject matter constraints. Just five lines of poetic phrases.
Robert Lee Brewer
So, using this week’s #PhotoPrompt image from my poetry challenge, I’ve written the simplest of forms – The Gogyoka in 5 lines, short phrases:
blossoms bring happiness buds produce fertility, joy peacock reveals beauty vines promise longevity, perseverance soul awakens from the lotus