Posted in April 2016, Haiga, Haiku, NaPoWriMo 2016

The Flowers

tulip field--french--Haiku
Original Poetry and Photograph by Leona J. Atkinson ©2016
based on what I saw in the last line of this French poem that was titled:
“Suite” (from Le Dit des couleurs, 2003)

This is the French poem
les fleurs viennent
de l’envers de l’île
et y retournent

This is its English translation
the flowers come
from the island’s underside
and go back there

 

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Posted in April 2016, NaPoWriMo 2016, Sea Shanty

Sunday Service At Sea

Sea Shantie (or Chantie) about a Sunday Church Service at Sea
Original Poetry and Photograph by Leona J. Atkinson ©2016

#NaPoWriMo–Day 26–Prompt: a challenge to write a poem that incorporates a call and response. Calls-and-responses are used in many sermons and hymns (and also in sea chanties (or shanties)!), in which the preacher or singer asks a question or makes an exclamation, and the audience responds with a specific, pre-determined response. (Think: Can I get an amen?, to which the response is AMEN!.). You might think of the response as a sort of refrain or chorus that comes up repeatedly, while the call can vary slightly each time it is used.
I wrote a Sea Shantie (or Chantie) in which I imagined what a Sunday Service at sea would be like conducted by a fiery Spirit-filled preacher aboard a ship filled with sailors. 🙂