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a clogyrnach poem – take 2

there is not much that can be said
to fools who think the truth is dead
alt-reality
is insanity
but they’re free…
in their head

~kat

Had to give the Clogyrnach poem another go. Yesterday’s offering was slightly off form. And you know me, perfectionist that i am, I couldn’t let it rest until I got it right. Each line written according to syllable and rhyme was my goal. phew! it took a bit of blood and sweat to get it done, but i did it!!! Give it a try. It’s well worth the effort!😊

Clogyrnach Poems

This Welsh poetic form is typically a six-line syllabic stanza with an ab rhyme scheme:

Line 1: 8 syllables with an a rhyme
Line 2: 8 syllables with an a rhyme
Line 3: 5 syllables with a b rhyme
Line 4: 5 syllables with a b rhyme
Line 5: 3 syllables with a b rhyme
Line 6: 3 syllables with an a rhyme


a clogyrnach poem

despair is like a tidal wave
wreaking havoc in its wake
but peace is a stream
soft flowing, serene
storms abate
if you wait

~kat

Clogyrnach Poems

This Welsh poetic form is typically a six-line syllabic stanza with an ab rhyme scheme:

Line 1: 8 syllables with an a rhyme
Line 2: 8 syllables with an a rhyme
Line 3: 5 syllables with a b rhyme
Line 4: 5 syllables with a b rhyme
Line 5: 3 syllables with a b rhyme
Line 6: 3 syllables with an a rhyme


landlocked seafarer

landlocked seafarer

like soft ocean waves, tree
leaves sing on windy days
‘neath a blue canopy
where the sun’s warm kisses
stir seashore memories,
a place far from the clay
where sand yields to the sea,
come away, come away,
imagine it with me

~kat

Happy May! – A little magic is appropriate for the month of May! I am exploring the possibilities of the Magic 9 poem – This 9-line poem doesn’t have any rules as far as meter or subject matter–just a rhyme scheme: abacadaba. (Or abracadabra with the r’s removed…though I may need to create my own variation for fun, with a refrain line inserted for the r’s. Stay tuned!)


morbid covidity

morbid covidity

no news for me today
no hysterical talking heads
no sick counts, death tolls or lies to decipher
i’m just listening to the wind
no news is not necessarily good news

~kat


A Gogyohka today.
1. Gogyohka is a new form of short poem that is based on the ancient Japanese Tanka and Kodai Kayo;
2. Gogyohka has five lines, but exceptionally may have four or six;
3. Each line of Gogyohka consists of one phrase with a line-break after each phrase or breath;
4. Gogyohka has no restraint on numbers of words or syllables;
5. The theme of Gogyohka is unrestricted.


Cinqku’s 24-25-26

detached

it would
be easy
to look away
to live life unaware
detached

easy
but not bliss
apathy costs
bits of soul, hardening
of heart

bliss is
not the be
all, end all goal,
but found in a moment’s
presence

~kat


It’s been another one of those long work-day weeks, where I barely have enough time to eat, sleep and start again. So I’m playing catch up today with three linked cinqkus. Have you noticed, the world is a mess…hurricanes, earthquakes, forest fires, impeachments, Brexit, nuclear accidents, children in cages or slaughtered, emboldened dictators and wannabe oligarchs. As much as I would love to turn it all off, and enjoy the first days of autumn, I can’t. My heart is made to bleed…and the truth is, when I care, and am doing the right thing, and being kind, and helping, my soul is energized. Ignorance is not bliss. Being present, living, participating in this messy life…that is bliss! And moments that take my breath away. Oh…and one more thing…I just noticed that if I combine the last lines of each stanza from above, I get this…

detached
of heart
presence

Peace…


A cinqku must always have 5 lines and a perfect seventeen-syllable count. The lines typically follow a 2,3,4,6,2 format. There is no title requirement on the second line. As for syntax and diction styles, it follows the free Tanka style originally. There are no metric requirements for a cinqku poem. Additionally, the final line must contain a cinquain or kireji turn for emphasis. 


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