This past week found me quite busy helping my daughter and granddaughter. Between feedings and diaperings and visits to the doctor for check-ups, there was not much time for writing. But I did manage a few lines. Was able to catch highlights of the olympics in the evenings and stay abreast of the latest political wackiness before dawn.
Today’s Shi Sai has a political flavor to it as have weeks past. I am so weary of it all but like a train wreck or other catastrophe, I can’t quite muster the resolve to look away.
This year’s election has devolved into a reality show of sensational sound bites, malicious, slanderous, and often untrue accusations and sarcastic calls for violence. I’m long past the notion that it is possible to have a civil debate of the issues. It’s a mess plain and simple. Today’s Shi Sai says it all…
Shi Sai Sunday’s Week in ReVerse – 13 August 2016
broken they are
and it’s evident we’re all quite mad!
The sign said
employ two-faced blandishments
his goal was to score
every man knows
blandishments will get one far
your words mean nothing to me
It’s a mad, mad world!
The Shi Sai, (formerly known as a ReVerse) is a new form I came up with during Poetry Month in April 2016. I’ve actually been writing shu sai for years but was inspired to give it a prooer name. It is a poem created by taking one line of verse from several poems of an author’s own collection. The shi sai is done as a review of a series or collection of poems and therefore, each line should flow in chronological order of the dates the poems were written (from oldest to new). The lines chosen should be the author’s favorite from each poem. This form works best if the author resists the temptation to read the full new poem before all the verses have been added. (It helps one to resist the impulse to change a line to make it “fit”.