Day Nine. A novena of poems. Triple triple. Number nine
Maureen Thorson’s NaPoWriMo prompt: “Because today is the ninth day of NaPoWriMo, I’d like to challenge you to write a nine-line poem.”
Robert Lee Brewer’s Poem-a-Day prompt: “Take the phrase ‘So (blank),’ replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles could include: ‘So Cool,’ ‘So Stupid,’ ‘So Not What I Would’ve Done,’ ‘So Sweet,’ or so many other possibilities.”
Today’s poem comes straight out of my morning playing bass at church. Well, church more than bass. Nine lines, yes, but I up the ante a bit
So It’s Palm Sunday AgainLooking online for a photo illustration, I learned something, or maybe re-learned it: the previous year’s Palm Sunday palms are burned to make the ash used on Ash Wednesday. I’m pretty certain I didn’t know that as a child, and thought you were supposed simply to burn the old palms. In other words, a ritual way to dispose of them, though frankly they probably just went in the trash. Turns out you’re actually supposed to bring them back to church at a given date early in the year, February something, so they can be burned for Ash Wednesday. I probably learned that as an adult but had forgotten it and so the poem is true to my memories, to my childhood.
Alan’s poem today is a Spenserian stanza, a nine-liner in English heroic meter (iambic pentameter) except for the last line in French heroic meter, an alexandrine (six feet or hexameter). The form’s rhyme scheme is ababbcbcc. Alan ups the ante too by having his c rhyme (-ing) occur three times in line 9. Actually, I notice that he also does it in line 6: imagining, finger, string. You rock, buddy!
So Far Away
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Ingat, everyone. ヅ
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