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NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo Challenge Day 6

give a heretic
paint and canvas, art becomes
psychotic, frenzied,
the stuff of nightmares, much like
a Bosch painting, demon play


A Tanka today for NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo Challenge Day 6. I just could not get into this painting with one disturbing image after the next. So I opted to write about the artist…he was certainly an odd fellow I think!

The challenge: Today’s (optional) prompt is ekphrastic in nature – but rather particular! Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem from the point of view of one person/animal/thing from Hieronymous Bosch’s famous (and famously bizarre) triptych The Garden of Earthly Delights. Whether you take the position of a twelve-legged clam, a narwhal with a cocktail olive speared on its horn, a man using an owl as a pool toy, or a backgammon board being carried through a crowd by a fish wearing a tambourine on its head, I hope that you find the experience deliriously amusing. And if the thought of speaking in the voice of a porcupine-as-painted-by-a-man-who-never-saw-one leaves you cold, perhaps you might write from the viewpoint of Bosch himself? Very little is known about him, so there’s plenty of room for invention, embroidery, and imagination.

The painting featured in the background above is the rather dark section of Hieronymous Bosch’s famous trytych, The Garden of Earthly Delights.

first night

Happy World Poetry Day 2019!

first night

adorned in winter
tree lace, a veil of cool
mist conceals her face
luna the fair, fragrance of
vernal blooms wafting on air

luminous specter
eventide vespers, whispered
wishes, souls to keep

~kat 2019

Vernal Equinox – Tanka Tuesday

vernal equinox

primordial ooze
swells with new life, emerging
seed to root to shoot
to bloom, serenaded by
bird trills and honey bee hums


A Tanka for Colleen Chesebro’s Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge – Synonyms Only, Prompt words: Spring – emerge, ooze, swell, vernal equinox, root and Sing – trill, serenade, hum.

Autumn Rhapsody

Autumn Rhapsody

she weeps fallow fronds,
flushed crimson, vermillion,
sienas, ochres,
yearning for cool eventide’s
frosted plunge, and dreams of spring


A Tanka this week for Colleen Chesebro’s Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge, Synonyms Only, Prompt Words: Fall (Autumn, weep, plunge) and Try (yearn, dream).

Seasonal Shift

there’s a subtle shift
a cool stream mingling amidst
sultry zephyr blasts
midsummer days challenged by
autumn crisp staking its claim


A Tanka for Colleen Chesebro’s Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge – Synonyms Only for the prompt words: Change (shift) and Defy (challenge, stake)

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