#NaPoWriMo: A Poem A Day – Day 12 and #TankaTuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 269 #Colleen’s #SpecificForm #TankaProse @ColleenChesebro
Hi everyone! Today is day twelve of the national poetry month competition, and also Colleen’s weekly Tanka Tuesday challenge. Today, I’ve combined the two challenges into one.
Here’s my offering >>>
[Instructions:] From NaPoWriMo Day Twelve … write a poem about a very small thing … whether it’s an atom, a button, a hummingbird’s egg, dollhouse furniture, or the mythical world’s smallest violin. And from Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday challenge … This week’s form: Tanka Prose. TANKA PROSE: We write Tanka prose from the first person point-of-view. The prose paragraph(s) must also seek to be, if not poetic, at least something that grabs our attention. It must compete with the verse in its style, intending to be inventive and expressive all on its own.
The tanka portion is 5-7-5-7-7, or short, long, short, long, long. To keep us all on the same syllable count, we use SodaCoffee Syllable Counter.
“Ashes to ashes, dust to dust” we mourners are told. No matter our chosen method of removal, our body returns to “ash” and “dust” and joins the cycle of nature yet again. Still, I’d sooner hold your rough palm in mine than a pile of damp, comfortless dirt. The modern way is to recycle and reuse. … If only I could renew you so easily, my love.
The smallest speckle
Of grit in my grief-filled hand
From damp earth we come
To the dirt we must return
Woe’s tears scorn eternal dust
Have a wonderful day, everyone, and I’ll see you tomorrow with Day Thirteen on the NaPoWriMo 30 Day Poetry Challenge 🙂
© Harmony Kent 2022