Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Words for Wednesday

In the search to improve my writing skillz, I recently read that poetry helps one refine the clarity of a thought. I had initial doubts, given that my mental impression is of either Seussian singsong or careless words


like so




Both cute, but I don't see much meaning to this kind of poetry. Apparently my browser doesn't either, because those words were supposed to be sprinkled, not centered.

In high school I studied the iambic pentameter of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, and wrote one of my own. It was even fun. But for the most part when I read poetry, my brain gets all fuzzy the same way it does when I listen to Mexican radio. Apologies to Byrde, my poet friend. Your sonnets are beautiful even if I don't get them.

Then I recently discovered that some poems are given a structure that does not include couplets or rhyme. After practicing, I learned that it wakes up my brain, too. So while I am no poet, I present you the first poetry I have written since 1994. I may possibly be addicted to writing poems as warm up exercise on writing days.

The first stanza is a Crapsey Cinquain (2-4-6-8-2), the second a haiku (5-7-5). Who knew, a haiku can actually say something. If you would like to try your own cinquain or haiku, leave it in the comments. I would love to hear it. And if you're not ready, I might make this a weekly feature and try to get a MckLinky going or something. So you will get another chance.

Ahhhhh.... sharing this is harder than I thought! I feel all sheepish!

Okay, I took a deep breath. I think I'm ready now.


White breath
tendrils caress,
numb my humming senses,
eerily tease dormant spirit

Blanket, hide world's roar
Suffocate all swirling thoughts
Reveal Creator.


  1. Hey now that poem was great. Keep up the great work. The best thing that you could do is just step out in confidence (<----I think that I spelled that wrong) Beleive in what you did and move on. Yes some will like it and some won't. But i appluade you for your confidence.

  2. Ah- I'm intrigued. I'm not a rhyme kind of writer. But I like this. And warm-up exercise to improve writing? What a novel idea! : )

  3. First my very favorite haiku (I don't remember where I read it):

    Haikus are easy
    But sometimes they don't make sense

    But I do not mean to mock Haiku, so allow me to contribute to the genre:

    Take hold of the clasp
    Rip open the unknown tome
    Let your own words flow

  4. That's awesome! I love it! Wow, poetry as a writing warm up. I haven't even thought of writing warm ups since school. What a great idea.

    My Dad writes poetry. He wins contests and publishes his poems. But the gene wasn't passed down. LOL.

    Can't wait to hear about your new blog direction!


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