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View From a Mountain Top

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 Tanka Tuesday No. 274   For my syllabic form this week I chose the  7/5 Trochee.  This form has the following rules: 2 or more four line stanzas (quatrains) syllable pattern 7/5/7/5 rhyme of either a/b/c/b or a/b/a/b (mine is a/b/a/b) meter is "trochee," with is alternating stressed and unstressed beats.  In the 7/5 Trochee each line begins and ends with a stressed syllable.  (which is where I may have come up short!) Photo Prompt: © David, The Skeptic’s Kaddish Far across the valley deep what is that I see? A flash of camera lens, looking back at me! Clear across the mountain tops high above the trees, shall we flash in Morse code a plan to meet for tea? ©2022 Lisa Smith Nelson. All Rights Reserved #tankatuesday #ekphrastic #photoprompt #PoetryChallengeNo.274 #ekphrasis #ekphrasticpoetry #7/5trochee    

Down the Rabbit Hole

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This is something I started working on in response to a prompt in April (National Poetry Month).  I don't remember the prompt, or where I got it.  Sorry.   photo credit   Start with a simple question. Straight forward, forward straight. Eyes to the front.  No peeking 'round corners. Keep your mind on the task at hand.     Speaking of hands; watch what they do, they'll try to lead you astray. Hands can be tricky with agendas of their own, fingers itching to click.    Side warrens beckon. Perhaps just one peep. One tiny glance surely couldn't take long.    So,   down we go...   and down we go   the rabbit hole so deep.   An hour or more of wanders, we come out of our fugue. What do we know? What have we learned, on our wandering twisted path?    Will our friends be amazed? Will our families applaud to know wombats poop in cubes? Will their jaws drop in wonder when told of the news that Hitchcock was frightened of eggs?   How will we, after burial news,  ever look at Pring

Harmony

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Tanka Tuesday No. 273   Happy together these purple and orange blooms, ushering in a verdant spring, aglow in bright international flare. Siberian wallflow'r. Persian catmint. Joyful.   ©2022 Lisa Smith Nelson. All Rights Reserved #TankaTuesday #PoetryChallengeNo.273 #butterflycinquain  #cinquainpoetry  #naturepoetry #syllabicpoetry #cinquainpoem    

Hounds!

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 A bit of nonsense I wrote for H Day during the April A to Z Blogging Challenge, but didn't end up using. print by Terri Kupietz in author's collection Hounds! Beagles and Bassets, and baying Walkers. Deerhounds and Elkhounds and Wolfhounds so tall. A hound for each taste! A hound-dog for all!   Sight hounds, and scent hounds with long floppy ears. Low to the ground hound or tall to astound.   Hounds that hunt otters. Hounds that hunt fox. Smooth-coated. Wire-haired. Long silken locks.   There are hounds from Ibiza and Africa too. Hounds we've all heard of. Hounds quite unknown. French hounds, and Finnish,   American grown.   Hounds are a favorite, from Dachshund to Plott. Many people love hounds, so happy and jolly. I though, for my part, prefer Border Collie!   ©2022 Lisa Smith Nelson. All Rights Reserved