#NaPoWriMo: A Poem A Day – Day 26 and #TankaTuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 271 #Colleen’s #THEMEPROMPT #TankaProse @ColleenChesebro
Hi everyone! Today is day twenty-six of the national poetry month competition, and also Colleen’s weekly Tanka Tuesday challenge #271. Today, I’ve combined the two challenges into one.
Here’s my offering >>>
[Instructions:] From NaPoWriMo Day Twenty-Six … And now for our daily prompt (optional, as always). A couple of days ago, we played around with hard-boiled similes. Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that contains at least one of a different kind of simile – an epic simile. Also known as Homeric similes, these are basically extended similes that develop over multiple lines. Perhaps unsurprisingly, they have mainly been used in epic poems, typically as decorative elements that emphasize the dramatic nature of the subject (see, by way of illustration, this example from Milton’s Paradise Lost). But you could write a complete poem that is just one lengthy, epic simile, relying on the surprising comparison of unlike things to carry the poem across. And if you’re feeling especially cheeky, you could even write a poem in which the epic simile spends lines heroically and dramatically describing something that turns out to be quite prosaic. Whatever you decide to compare, I hope you have fun extending your simile(s) to epic lengths.
And from Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday challenge … This week’s form: Theme Prompt. This challenge explores poetry based on the theme of ENDINGS & BEGINNINGS. Yvette M Calleiro provided the theme for this month’s challenge.
Scattered Like Leaves
in the streets
the green all gone
the stains of life and death
that continuous cycle
of beginnings, middles, endings
are we no more than mulch of dead growth?
squishy return to that from whence we came?
once vibrant hues muted, faded to greys
not any thing as it was stays true
where gone?—promises of dances
in spring’s jade-speckled palaces
storms come, cover our land
thunder, flame, and blood
fill streets like
Today, I’ve chosen a double (stacked) Etheree with a syllable count of 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1. The cyclic, wave-like form of this seemed perfect for the theme. An Etheree is usually titled.
With the first blush of teasing green in our hedgerows, my mind went to when they will turn and fall, and—perhaps unsurprisingly, at the moment—to fallen heroes and loved ones. I’ve used SodaCoffee Syllable counter so that we’re all on the same counting tool for Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday challenge.
Have a wonderful day, everyone, and I’ll see you tomorrow with Day Twenty-Seven on the NaPoWriMo 30 Day Poetry Challenge 🙂
© Harmony Kent 2022