I’m off the grid right now, so I’m not going to be visiting blogs this weekend, but I wish you a happy Poetry Friday! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.)
This month, our Poetry Princess challenge was dizzying dizains. We’ve done dizains once before, apparently, but that was the one month I skipped! So I’ve never written one. Here are the basic rules:
- A single 10-line stanza
- 10 syllables in each line
- A rhyme scheme of ababbccdcd
I’m writing most of this post early in the morning on Sunday, March 21. I’m getting ready to go offline for a week, starting tomorrow morning. This afternoon, I’m writing live with my Poetry Sisters. And I feel bleah. I’ve been up since 2 a.m. with asthma issues, and our home life is in upheaval right now (nothing that’s a crisis–just a lot of stress and busyness). My eyes are gritty–I want to lie down SO badly right now, but when I do, that little tightness in my chest starts up and feels like a hefty cat is sitting there. Anyway.
Last week, I met with a few poetry friends and we were discussing imagery. I started working on a poem then used James Stephens’ “The Wind” as its starting point. Our exercise was to change the central metaphor, so I changed the wind from an evil man into an owl. Here’s the first draft I wrote:
The wind spreads
its wide grey wings
and heaves itself,
in feathered silence,
scattering withered leaves
It grips the back-step mittens
and carries them off,
into the darkness
the wind flies shrieking
down the street
looking for a new field
The hunting wind is never still
–draft copyright Laura Purdie Salas
Since my brain feels kind of incapable of fresh thought right now, I’m hoping to do a second draft of this poem as a dizain today when I write with my poetry sisters. IF all goes well, and IF this post auto-publishes it as I’ve scheduled it to, then, TA-DA, here is my dizain:
And for lots of wonderful poetry, don’t miss the Poetry Friday Roundup with Susan at Soul Blossom Living. And don’t forget to check out the varied imaginations of my Poetry Sisters! Since I’m offline this week, I don’t have links to them like I usually do. But they make magic, and you’ll find their links in the roundup.
Click here to see all our previous Poetry Princesses collaborations.
Want to try next month’s challenge and post with us? We’d love for you to join us! Here’s the prompt: a poem in the style of Linda Hogan’s “Innocence.” Go to town with that and share your poem on April 30 in a post and/or on social media – #PoetryPals. Hope you’ll join us!