And As The Sun Sets – The Twenty Eight – November 21, 2015

Maxfield Parrish. Arizona, n.d. Via Pinterest.

and as the sun sets – boldly
conquering this wide valley
in shades of red and purple
the moment seems so holy

oh light and dark
woven together
in unity –
the here and now
of light and dark

as sun sets
the beauty of life
expands me
beyond death
now –  the star-lit sky opens
unto transcendence

© G.s.k. ‘15

I’m writing this post inspired by Paloma’s B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond – The Twenty-Eight  who was inspired by the poet, J Lapis  who can be found at  DarkLight Harbor and a wonderful blogger and friend Chris creator and coordinator of The Muscleheaded Blog where he introduced Maxfield Parrish, illustrator and painterthis week – the painting above is his.

[The Twenty Eight – Poetry Form

Four lines with seven syllables each;
end-rhyme the first and fourth line (optional).

Alternate Form

Seven lines with four syllables each.]


Swift Fiery Season

Copper’d flames fast-burnt, fallen;

Leaf carpet, ember’d pathway

‘Neath November’s pewter rain…

Swift fiery season ashen.

© J Lapis, 2015

Brynn, Brynn – Manx(u) – August 7, 2015

I’m exploring … I still don’t have oodles of time, but I was introduced to this fav blog … Graeme Sandford – Guilty of Rhymes of Passion yesterday through several different people and found myself fascinated! Below is a poetry formed called  the Manx(u) form, an invented form which is an ode to cats with a 2, 2, 1, 6, 1, 4, ! syllable count (ending with “!”) introduced to him by Jane at Jane’s Musing … and yes Virginia … haiku poets often add ku or u to existing or new poetic forms 😉


Brynn, Brynn
thing –
like a diva – stretching
just another shot

she sits
with a plaintive meow
now, where’s the fish

Brynn _ 5_small

© G.s.k. ‘15

Summer Morn – Puente – June 20, 2014

My summer morn began too soon …
Thus abed I pondered song birds,
Puzzled over obscure haiku,
And prompts I thought I’d like to write.

– Jumping out of bed, inspired, I fled –

Sat down behind my white keyboard,
Alas my inspiration, fled …
Dried up and gone like morning dew …
So I had coffee – then chatted.

This is from a prompt I came to through Bjorn, yesterday.  I’d never heard or at least had never wrote for Poetry Jam, but I was intriqued by the form and how Bjorn had written it so very well!

Then this morning I saw the Jen on Blog it or Lose it! had also given it a whirl, so copy-cat that I am, I had to try it out.  As it turned out it was less complicated than I had thought at first.  Though not inspired, I’ll post this and try again in the near future.

This is how it works:

– a total of 3 stanzas;
– 1st and 3rd stanzas 1 & 3 contain different thoughts;
– 1st and 3rd stanzas have the same number of lines (and possibly meter and/or rhyme) – depending on the poet’s preferences;
– 2nd stanza connects the *meaning* of the 1st and 3rd stanzas;
– 2nd stanza is one line and is enclosed in tildes (~);
 – 2nd stanza is technically the last line of the 1st stanza AND the 1st line of the 3rd stanza.

Summer Morns – Ya-Du Challenge – June 20, 2014


Hot morning dawns
Streaked pink fawn skies
Bird’s song flies down
Denies sadness
Summer morns – beautiful to excess!



The other morning, Jen from Blog it or Lose it came up with a new form, at least it was new for me, but actually very ancient:

A Spotlight, Green (Ya-Du – Kuindzhi Poems)

The poem is a ya-du.  What is a ya-du? Here are the rules for this Burmese poetic form:

  • 1, 2, or 3 stanzas, each with 5 lines;
  • Lines 1, 2, 3, and 4 have four syllables;
  • Line 5 has 5, 7, 9, or 11 syllables;
  • Lines 4 and 5 have end rhyme;
  • Lines 1, 2, and 3 have climbing rhyme in syllables 4, 3, and 2;
  • Lines 3, 4, and 5 have climbing rhyme in syllables 4, 3, and 2;
  • There is a reference to the seasons.

This has got to be about the hardest form I’ve ever tried to write!  Probably with practice …. anyway I wanted to at least give it a try and I’m not very pleased with this first result, so I’ll be coming back to it.  But if any of you would like to give it a go … pls ping me (and I think Jen would like to see your results too)!

Ciao, Bastet!

Sailing – Shadorma


Sailing – Shadorma

when sails fill
with the mighty wind
we feel free
as we fly
upon crystal blue water
then,  close encounters


Thanks to Mindlovemisery, (who by the way has just opened a new prompt site called: Mindlovemisery Menagerie) I’ve discovered the Shadorma, a Spanish poetry form form made up of a stanza of six lines (sestet)  with no set rhyme scheme.


It is a syllabic poem with a meter of 3/5/3/3/7/5.
It can have many stanzas, as long as each follows the meter.
Little is known about this poetic style’s origins and history but it is used by many modern poets today.
Have a great week!

Micropoem: The Mall

Well, I just wrote a very long cumbersome poem using this photo and the same title, Now from long and cumbersome, I thought I’d try a Micropoem that I just saw on the OctPoWriMo as a prompt:


The mall

Blues and pinks of fall, distractions to driving, encourages walking.