new year


new year

new year, cleansing rain
wash away the pain
last year
wrought, begin again,
there’s nothing to gain
from tears
o’er the past, hope reigns
no fear

~kat

January 2021 Day One: The Lai is a French form. It's a nine-line poem or stanza that uses an "a" and "b" rhyme following this pattern: aabaabaab. The lines with an "a" rhyme use 5 syllables; the "b" rhyme lines have 2 syllables. 

our heroes

our heroes

if you survived this long, long year
emerged this decade, deeply touched
by global heartache, death and such,
if you faced every day past fear
to rise above, a kinder soul
who cared for others, paid the toll,
then you’ve a right to have a bash
to celebrate, to breathe at last,
to take your place as our heroes

full cold moon on ice
shifting dark of night to light
hope for the future

~kat


A combo Décima/Haiku for Ronovan Writes Décima Poetry Challenge and Weekly Haiku Poetry Challenge.
The Décima Prompt word BASH – D Line Rhyme: 

  1. There are 10 lines of poetry that rhyme.
  2. 8 syllables per line.
  3. There is a SET RHYMING PATTERN we must stick to. ABBAACCDDC OR  two stanzas of ABBA/ACCDDC.

Haiku Challenge Prompt words with Synonyms: Bound – on ice; Sway – shift


Tanka Tuesday 2020 Out – The Shadorma

tick tock tick
soon this year of years
will be gone,
history,
twenty twenty-one come quick
our hope rests in you

~kat


A Shadorma (3/5/3/3/7/5) for Tanka Tuesday’s Last Challenge of 2020! For the LAST poetry challenge of 2020, I want you to write a poem about hope, using your favorite poetry form (it doesn’t have to be syllabic). Please make these poems inspirational to others. No negativity and No politics! We’ve all had enough politics to last us another lifetime. After you’ve written your poem, tell us why the specific form you chose is your favorite. Why does that form resonate with you? If it’s a new form, teach us how to write that specific form.

I have many favorite poetry forms, but amongst the syllabic forms, I have to say I love the Shadorma. I love that there are six lines, some short, some longer. It lends itself to a very interesting piece, allowing the writer to expound on a topic fully with brevity. 


solstice 2020

solstice 2020

darkest
night of winter
fair planets kiss, glowing
age of Aquarius dawning
solstice

~kat


A Garland Cinquain (2/4/6/8/2) fir this week’s Holiday Theme-Based Tanka Tuesday Challenge.

legacy

Image by Barbara A Lane from Pixabay

legacy

coursing through my veins, directing my existence,
lifeblood, DNA containing the legacy of my ancestors
heroes, scoundrels, paupers, royalty, saints, average folk,
their footprints in the dust long disbursed to the wind
and me here, now, my simple life carrying us on anonymously

~kat


A Gogyohka for Wordcraft Poetry’s Tanka Tuesday Ekphrastic Challenge inspired by the photo above.


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