E: Epiphany #NaPoWriMo

This life you cling to, is it real? Why then do you cling so? That mask you wear, does anyone care? Why do you beat your chest in woe? This body you wear you will cast aside That veil of happiness will cease to delight From dust to dust return you must Why then, do…

Charm #NaPoWriMo

    What is that thing you wear, that winds all the way around your wrist, the edges chafing into my skin where it presses against my heart unseen but for a tiny pattern etched in between the lines that I cannot erase…. no matter how much I pretend I do not try.

Betrayal #Napowrimo

  On my 18th birthday I was out with friends Doing what raucous teenagers do, we loitered And ate rubbish and finally went home, laughing At something stupid. My father had returned Home early so he could be with me on my day. I saw the hurt in his eyes but he never said a…

S: Senryu

Senryu (also called human haiku) is an unrhymed Japanese verse consisting of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables (5, 7, 5) or 17 syllables in all. Senryu is usually written in the present tense and only references to some aspect of human nature or emotions. They possess no references to the natural world and…

R: Rondel

Rondels are a French form of poetry, consisting of 13 lines: two quatrains and a quintet, rhyming as follows: ABba abAB abbaA. The capital letters are the refrains, or repeats. The recent events surrounding rape and the following outcry in India has been on my mind a lot. There is much I have to say…

K: Katauta

The Katauta is an unrhymed Japanese form of poetry consisting of 17 or 19 syllables. The poem is a three-lined poem with the following syllable counts: 5/7/5 or 5/7/7   what is it you say when you do not say a word branding my soul with your eyes quietly you leave as quietly as you came only your…

J: John Tee Sonnet

The John Tee sonnet (http://thepoetsgarret.com/2016Challenge/form24.html) is a free verse version of the Rondel Prime Sonnet. Scattered.  White clouds scatter like balls of cotton last night’s dreams almost forgotten From the window of this short flight I watch my thoughts dissolve in light floating in skies impossibly blue my thoughts invariably turn to you. White clouds…

Z: zugzwang #AtoZChallenge

Zugzwang: (Chess) a situation where any decision or move taken is a serious, and often, decisive disadvantage.   I was ready to quit, wasn’t I?  To throw in the towel I had had enough No more attachments, I said. Then I looked into your face Those eyes I could not escape  You put me in zugzwang …

E: exequies #AtoZChallenge

Exequies: funeral rites I brought you back home The exequies were over, your body folded away like origami sheets. Ah, but your soul belongs to me.

D: discint #AtoZChallenge

Discint: ungirded. Days forever etched The smell of sun-drenched skin The angles of your body Discint pools of claret Of which I drank too deep.

C: Croodle #AtoZChallenge

Croodle: to cower or crouch down; to draw oneself together, as for warmth; to cling close together, or nestle close to a person; snuggle In my cosmos you were the sun the stars, the light, the dark I clung to you till your harsh words shattered my universe Only I know how your whirling disguise pierced my…

B: Bilboes #AtoZChallenge

bilboes: an iron bar with sliding shackles, formerly used for confining a prisoner’s ankles. To the keep tonight i creep with keys to bilboes where i keep you hid dragging on your chain untamed in confinement tonight you feed on me.