A Friday Poetry Challenge – March 7, 2014

The other day I wrote a series of senryu about time in which I used:

salted flowers

As the beginning of the first senryu and:

wasted tears

to begin the second senryu.

A friend has asked me to use those words to create a new prompt…so here we go:

harbinger of spring

harbinger of spring

Harbinger of Spring

Like salted flowers withered and absurd
The world was drab no relief could be seen
When walking the world I saw a blackbird
Who’s flight was happy and obscene!

How can he here in heart’s winter bane,
Fly and cry with joy, without pain!
Far above waisted lands, once so green!
Through waisted tears I watch the scene.

There joyfully sang, silly wonderous bird,
So long his voice had been unheard!
Here in Dante’s land of sunny fame,
Clouds and rain have been to blame.

He opened these eyes closed by dark woe,
Miraculously, there was no rain or snow!
Harbinger of  spring, near yon chateau,
Defying depression making my heart glow!

I tried out the quatrain. Now there are really very many types of quatrain… here’s what Shadow Poetry has to say about the quatrain:  “A Quatrain is a poem consisting of four lines of verse with a specific rhyming scheme.

A few examples of a quatrain rhyming scheme are as follows:

#1) abab – The Ballad Stanza
#2) abba —  Italian quatrain
#3) aabb- Clerihew (a satirical Poem)
#4) aaba, bbcb, ccdc, dddd — chain rhyme

What I’ve written is none of the above!  For each line I used a different rhyme scheme…the first is the Ballad Stanza…the second Italian quatrain…then the Clerihew form without the satire…and the last line I used the same last word rhyme.

You may choose to use the photograph to inspire you, or add your own art work…please your own art work…and use the words salted flowers and wasted tears wherever you like.

You need not choose this method…you might just want to write with the Ballad Stanza or perhaps a Clerihew.  I’m not looking for special meter in this challenge, just the four line stanza with one of the rhyming schemes.  Just have FUN!  If you decide to take up the challenge, please ping me back and tag Bastet’s and Sekmet.  I’ll write a second post where I will showcase your poetry with the link to your blog.

Have a great weekend everyone. Bastet!

1 thought on “A Friday Poetry Challenge – March 7, 2014

  1. I so could not write poetry. I see a bird theme going on here? Great poem by the way, reading poetry always dazzles me, sometimes confuses me and makes me realize there is no way I could write it LOL. The pic is amazing, just that one flower?


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