This week for #TankaTuesday I’ve written a Compression poem. It’s syllabic: 4, 5, 6, 6, 5, 4 with a rhyme scheme of a, x, a, x, x, a. I’m not sure I could have finished this without the help of the RhymeZone, an excellent word rhyming tool.
My goal in 2023 is to work with more syllabic rhyming forms. Rhyming has always been difficult for me—which fueled my love for non-rhyming forms… but there is a certain beauty to the rhymes. It will take a lot of practice for me to feel comfortable. I feel this poem is too contrived, or maybe too compressed would be a better way to look at it. I think the message comes through. Lightning kills.
lightning bolts strike uncertain power pierced by deadly shrike a message from the gods take heed or beware flares end—warlike © Colleen M. Chesebro
Did you know in Celtic Ireland, the people believed poets possessed a magical capacity? Society believed that poetry, or poetic expression, was intrinsically related to a form of magic or magical clairvoyance that gave poets an unusual power.
My words of Wisdom… Remember, as poets, always use your words wisely.