Happy Poetry Friday! Welcome, everyone! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.)
You know, we Poetry Princesses organized our monthly challenges for this year at the end of 2017. And a sestina in July sounded just peachy. Really.
Then…real life. My husband and I moved on Monday, and July was a month of frantic packing, arranging, emailing, phone calling, boxing, budgeting, etc. To say the sestina suffered due to my distraction is fair!
I have liked writing sestinas in the past, though I find the form way too long. Still, it’s a fun challenge re-using the same end words over and over. But this month, I just could not get into it. And on top of that, the topic that emerged…ack! Anyway, I didn’t stick with any standard meter for every line. I just went for sound and feel while reading aloud, and I made some lines shorter so that it didn’t feel like I was writing a novel. (It still felt that way.)
Here is draft 3.
I’m looking forward to seeing what my Poetry Sisters have come up with.
Dear Andi is taking 2018 off, but she is here in spirit. And Kelly and Liz, I believe, had to step back from this month’s challenge due to all sorts of life stuff, joyful or stressful. The world keeps spinning around, despite our plans to find a few minutes of peace and stillness for poetry! (And sestinas need more than just a few minutes–oi.)
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NOTE: My access to wi-fi, time, and workspace is still iffy! I will read and appreciate every comment but may not be able to reply.