Day Seven. The proverbial day of rest
Robert Lee Brewer’s Poem-a-Day prompt: "Write a discovery poem."
Maureen Thorson’s NaPoWriMo prompt: "Write a poem about luck and fortuitousness."
As you may know about my writing, it sometimes takes me a while to get going in a poem. There's a kind of bubbling that can only build slowly in one of mine, it seems. Which is why I often write sonnets, I think. They're just big enough to encompass that initial simmer but small enough that I have to get to the point pretty soon. So I wondered today how small I could write. For the purpose I decided to go with a single lune. Specifically the lune invented by Jack Collom: 3 words, 5 words, 3 words.
Not bad. Incidentally, checking syllables just for fun, pretty close to the traditional haiku 5-7-5: my little poem here is 4-9-5, one syllable more overall. Notice, by the way, I shied away from that other lune, the Robert Kelly one: 5-3-5 syllables. Quite a challenge, claustrophobically small.
Okay, on to the good Doctor Holmes's poem. Again Alan gives us an intro:
"I have blended Robert Lee Brewer's discovery notion with Maureen Thorson's consideration of luck. I also thought, given that Thorson has offered the luck prompt in honor of its being the seventh of April, that I would work with the Welsh form of Englyn Milwer, a stanza of three lines with seven syllables for each line; the three lines of each stanza must rhyme. I managed some internal rhymes as well. It's not the most profound piece, but it was a fun exercise and a good excuse for a new draft."
Fascinating that Alan and I both came up with coins when envisioning the confluence of discovery and luck. People often think of the coin flip — heads or tails — as the decider of fortune, don't they? Fifty-fifty . . . could go either way. And that that coin, that instrument, has monetary value only adds to the mystique.
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