Writing 201: Poetry: Day Four

Imperfect, Limerick, Enjambment


You wrapped yourself in some foreign cause

and drenched your thoughts in strangers’ applause

hoping to line the story across your lips

and add some gravity to your kiss…

Yet all that stiffens your spine is straw.


Jisei – Japanese Death Poems

In ancient Japanese, Chinese and Korean cultures, a practice was used at the time of death to capture the last words spoken. This practice was called jisei (in Japan) or death poem

Written below are my entries for DVersePoets’ most recent prompt. Written By Grace from Bodhirose’s Blog, the challenge is to write a haiku or tanka in the theme of Jisei. Check out her fantastic post about them on the DVerse Poet’s Pub here!


Jisei – A Tanka

You can fall further

than your heart would have believed

into your own mind.

It eats you alive this thing,

mind, body and soul, all gone.

Jesei – A Haiku

In part it’s for you,

all these words scattered around,

they will outlast me.


I think Spring is flirting with me,

lurking around the lilac tree

giggling just like the chaffinch sing

whispering me promises to soon

of warmer winds and flower bloom

softness that she can not yet bring

for morning still dawns harsh and cold

still frozen in King Winter’s hold.

No mercy for usurper Spring.

Last night I was discussing December Form Challenge with a fellow poet in Shrewsbury, and it struck me that last December I didn’t even attempt it. It slipped by me completely unnoticed.

So here is my attempt at what would have been December first’s challenge. A Nove Otto, created by Scott J. Alcorn. It is a nine line, one stanza form with eight syllables in each line. The rhyme scheme is a-a-b-c-c-b-d-d-b.