A Sea Dirge – Lento – Shadorma Wordle – November 6, 2015

water submersible maiden –
daughter of kelp, wakame and nori
mater of ungainly migrations caused by a
seawater plexus of nickels and dimes – muore.

moan you who’ve mutilated the sea she said
atone for your destructive ways, make haste,
groan for the phases change nonchalantly
dethroned you will inevitably for this waste.

in the sea
where life once began
like off-brown
lentamente poisons form
a lifeless desert

© G.s.k. ‘15

Written for Mindlovesmisery’s Menagerie: Wordle and B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond

A Lento consists of two quatrains with a fixed rhyme scheme of
abcb, defe;

All the FIRST words of each verse should rhyme.

1.Water 2. Submersible 3. Kelp 4. Migration 5. Plexus (a network, as of nerves or blood vessels. any complex structure containing an intricate network of parts: the plexus of international relations.) 6. Ungainly 7. Nonchalant 8. Mutilate 9. Nickel 10. Melanin (any of a class of insoluble pigments, found in all forms of animal life,that account for the dark color of skin, hair, fur, scales, feathers, etc. I for one have very little and therefore cannot tan despite sun exposure.)11. Phase

12. The last word I want you to invent (give a definition in the beginning). If you are fluent in a language other than English you can alternatively teach us a special word in that language. These words will be gathered up for future use ,-).  My word is lentamente and it means slowly in Italian. (Muore means dies – nori is an alga)

Cat on a Limb – Shadorma/Lento – August 8, 2015


Sleepless night
Haggard I awoke
With a cold –
Started off like the big bang
Chaos in the dark ….

Cat yowled on a tree limb …
“Scat!”  I shouted with all my might
Full moon made him grim
Soulful he howled with no respite

Threw I, a lead-lined shoe
Mew-mew went the wretched stray –
Fancy-free he began all a-new
Banshee cat howled into the day …

© G.s.k. ‘15

Well … this little piece was written for B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond where we are invited to use the “Lento” and to inspire ourselves with VACATION … I mixed forms to create this little story to a painting sent to me by Paloma last week entitled “Cat in the moonlight” by: Theophile A. Steinlen, 1900