Category Archives: formal poetry

A true love story

  Waiting for Jock in Leclerc car park the other day, an old lady caught my eye on the escalator in front of me. Tight white permed curls, apron, anorak and sensible shoes she turned her head, pursed her lips … Continue reading

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Ode to a Mouse

  No, not you.      You! O feckless fubsy piece of plastic capricious device of devious devil ─ discipline your rebel arrow wildly flying ‘cross the page. You fail to stop at amber signal, hide so coyly  in the margin, sending … Continue reading

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Sevenling

Conception – the fun part Life – the  best part Death – the hard part Youth – love and laughter Prime – adventure, love and laughter Senescence – rest, reflection, love and laughter Grabbed by the scruff, it’s all worth … Continue reading

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Resignation for Napowrimo days 6-30

Weary, this poet and only day six ─ nourishment needed my fatigue to fix. * Napowrimo is doing my head in preventing enjoyment of reading other folks’ work ─ in despair I shirk, delete inbox and sigh at the shedding. … Continue reading

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Octains of Hope and Despair

Victoria Slotto at dVerse reminds us of the Octain refrain form, invented by Luke Prater: a poem of eight lines – two tercets and a couplet with rhyme sceme Abb   a-c/c-a, b-A.  C is an internal rhyme in the … Continue reading

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Double Triolet – little bird

dVerse wants us to write a poem using the first person. “Perhaps you will leave your reader wondering if you are actually the “person” of if this is a fictional character. I’d like to see you bring an event that … Continue reading

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Abecedaire of Recollection

  A you’re adorable B you’re so beautiful – there’s Comfort in those old songs Delight in remembering all the words Excitement at recognising the melody Funny how memory Grabs us, History resurgent Instigates a trawl through the past Just … Continue reading

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Moth Whispers

 image from here Moth whispers brush the bedside lamp. Summer’s here, with  nightly fear of fluttering, biting, stinging things. Tossing, turning, sweating, burning from  daily overdose of  sun. Moth-wings tapping at lighted windows, starlit nights with yearning filled. Through winter’s … Continue reading

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WITHOUT APOLOGY

I post yet another poem about the weather.  Miz Quickly is generously giving us a fabulous prompt every day, and today’s is a doozy, a recipe for writing, step by step. I followed her instructions to the letter, and arrived at this … Continue reading

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Viva la Volta

Bjorn at dVerse tonight is talking about that wonderful poetic device, the volta – I suppose “about face” describes it.  Long ago I wrote a sonnet called Viva la Volta, which I can’t find anywhere.  A couple of years ago … Continue reading

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Waiting Impatiently

  Yesterday standard format, like today * Today: more or less the same tomorrow * Heartfelt wish for a change tomorrow  for Heeding Haiku here

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Shadorma

While fishing by night we captured the bright moon, spilling light accidentally onto the deep dark water.   3/5/3/3/7/5 for https://mindlovemiserysmenagerie.wordpress.com/2015/01/24/bjs-shadorma-beyond-limerick-january-24-2015/  

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Common Moles in Common Meter

The moles are ruining our lawn with mountains everywhere . Of the devil they are the spawn. I wish they’d go elsewhere. I will not call them simple hills – a mountain range is no hyperbole, does not fulfil the … Continue reading

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Winter diamante

  MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie  gives us a counted syllable shape poem today:   Joseph’s Star, with lines of  1 3 5 7 7 5 3 1 syllables.   A grey mist fell, shrouded the winter day which had started so well That’s January, … Continue reading

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OctPo 22 – Lanterne

He is my foundation and my desire now. He keeps me living and relishing life. Poetic Bloomings gives the recipe for a Lanterne poem –  a five line unrhymed sentence poem of 1, 2, 3, 4 and 1 syllable lines … Continue reading

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