NaPoWriMo 2013, Poetry, Structured Poetic Form


Foolish heart wrapped in Bliss,
faring unwell, my Soul
falls down on gold path, as
feet swell from the ache, for
finding solace in Now,
forsaking all others,
Forgiveness must prevail

Ex #2

Many hearts flutter with
motion of the tides high,
making light for romance.
Man’s breath hot, as woman’s
moan pulses to the stars.
Magnificent force brings
meanings deep, full and new.

© 2011 Cairenn Rhys
“Moon” was included in my book “Warrior of the Deepsake”. I wanted to present 2 examples of this short form


It is short, but a little challenge! 

Give it a try!

Poetic Form: Pleiades
This titled form was invented in 1999 by Craig Tigerman, Sol Magazine’s Lead Editor. Only one word is allowed in the title followed by a single seven-line stanza. The first word in each line begins with the same letter as the title. Hortensia Anderson, a popular haiku and tanka poet, added her own requirement of restricting the line length to six syllables.

The poetic form The Pleiades is aptly named: the seven lines can be said to represent the Seven Sisters, and the six syllables represent the nearly invisible nature of one sister.

Background of the Pleiades: The Pleiades is a star cluster in the constellation Taurus. It is a cluster of stars identified by the ancients, mentioned by Homer in about 750 B.C and Hesiod in about 700 B.C. Six of the stars are readily visible to the naked eye; depending on visibility conditions between nine and twelve stars can be seen. Modern astronomers note that the cluster contains over 500 stars. The ancients named these stars the seven sisters: Alcyone, Asterope, Celaeno, Electra, Maia, Merope, and Tygeta; nearby are the clearly visible parents, Atlas and Pleione. 


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