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NaPoWriMo 2021 – Early Bird Challenge – headless women

The NaPoWriMo 2021 Early Bird Challenge: Today, we’d like to challenge you to spend a few minutes looking for a piece of art that interests you in the online galleries of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. After you’ve selected your piece, study the photographs and the accompanying text. And then – write a poem!
Marble female figure 4500 – 4000 B.C. – On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 150
The figure represents a rare type known as steatopygous, characterized by particularly full legs and buttocks, and is undoubtedly indicative of fertility.
headless women

how fitting that she has no head
body, voluptuous
her legs and booty amply spread
her brain superfluous
prized for her shape, this nameless nude
a fertile femme, as seen by dudes
prized for her shape
prized for her shape
objectified, imagined lewd

centuries passed, now civilized
fair ladies fully dressed
enhanced their breasts and rears to size
by wearing buttresses
they’ve bought the lie, dominated
by their men, their worth negated
they’ve bought the lie
they’ve bought the lie
the patriarchs are quite elated

and here we are in modern times
sexualized, sad to say
with silicone pumped plump behinds
bootylicious boo-tays
not much has changed, here men still reign
liberated only in name
not much has changed
not much has changed
for babes and chicks and ‘ho’s and dames


The Poetry Form: The Trijan Refrain, created by Jan Turner, consists of three 9-line stanzas, for a total of 27 lines. Line 1 is the same in all three stanzas, although a variation of the form is not to repeat the same line at the beginning of each stanza. In other words, the beginning line of each stanza can be different. The first four syllables of line 5 in each stanza are repeated as the double-refrain for lines 7 and 8. The Trijan Refrain is a rhyming poem with a set meter and rhyme scheme as follows:

Rhyme scheme: a/b/a/b/c/c/d,d refrain of first 4 words of line five /c

Meter: 8/6/8/6/8/8/4,4 refrain/8

a good ending

a good ending

peeper chirps muted
by mist hov’ring o’er the stream
twilight’s serenade

crimson streams of daylight fading
moon ascending the eastern sky
we bid another day goodbye
my weary bones need no persuading;
sleepy, I am quickly fading
’twas another amazing day
filled with blessings, hard work and play
with bits of kindness, love, romance
someone to share it with, to dance
in warm embrace, to slowly sway

now I lay me down
in the stillness of the gloam
to your breath purring


For Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Challenge – prompt words Chirp (Purr) & Twilight (Gloam) an opening and ending haiku, combined with the Weekly Décima Challenge, prompt word Dance – D line Rhyme.

The Traditional Décima Poem

Décima poetry is a 10 line stanza with 8 syllables per line. The rhyming pattern is abbaaccddc. Using the 10 lines there are generally two ways to organize: The 10 lines, or breaking the 10 lines into two stanzas using abba/accddc.

The abba/accddc requires either a period or semicolon after the fourth line break.

i see you

Ekphrastic Prompt provided by D.L. (Denise) Finn
i see you

they could see 
you were much more 
but they just saw a tree 
not your vibrant, dynamic core 
your roots winding deep beneath the earth’s floor 
branches that stretched to the clouds, wild bursting bud tips 
how you dance with the wind when tempests roar 
shelter, haven, legend of yore 
chopped down so callously 
to build a door 
but I see 
you ev’ry 


For Tanka Tuesday’s Ekphrastic Prompt Challenge - The  Diatelle - PHEW!  Took me a bit of time to make it work. Fantastic form!!!

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.

mere mortals

mere mortals

it shouldn’t surprise us
how nonchalantly death
steals away our breath
in just a blink
without considering
that we have things to do
life to live, we’re not through
no death don’t care
the cruel fact of it is
when it’s your time to go
you can bet death will show
ready or not
immortality’s not
for mere mortals like us
just accept it, don’t fuss
enjoy the ride


For Tanka Tuesday’s Theme Prompt this week: “Immortality”, the Abhanga, which is:
· stanzaic, written in any number of quatrains (4 line stanzas).
· syllabic, 6/6/6/4 syllables each
· rhymed L2 and L3 rhyme. Often internal rhyme is employed. End rhyme scheme x a a x , x being unrhymed.

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