Posted in Syllabic Verse

Heat Wave

Temperature gauge showing over 100 degrees

Remembering winter

Keeps me cool, as the

Summer sun beats down

Syllabic Verse

These last few days have really been hot here in my area, 100 degree days. It’s pretty hot but I am not complaining because I remember how long it took for our weather to warm up and how many chilly days we had to endure waiting for this summer weather.

So I am just doing my best to stay fairly cool and enjoy it while it lasts because summer will be gone before long!

Posted in Tanka

Melancholy Memories

 “Reflections in Rain” girl with umbrella in rainbow rain watercolor
“Reflections in Rain” watercolor by Leona J.Atkinson 2020

Watching the rain fall

Remembering days of old

Reflections in rain

Reminders of times past

All runoff like raindrops

Tanka

Posted in April 2019, NaPoWriMo 2019, Villanelle

Past and Present

My Dad 1967 standing near what was left of his childhood home in Sisseton, South Dakota

My Dad 1967 standing near what was left of his childhood home in Sisseton, South Dakota

My people are all gone away

Leaving me with memories

That live on and stay

Siblings can no longer play

Under the South Dakota trees

They are all gone away

I alone stand today

With active sensories

That live on and stay

Under the heavy clouds of gray

I see them in reveries

They are all gone away

My pen searches to convey

Words filled with remedies

That live on and stay

Reaching to grasp each past day

I stand yet float feathery

They are all gone away

That live on and stay

Villanelle

(“They are all gone away” line taken from:”The House on the Hill” by Edwin Arlington Robinson—a Villanelle Poem)

(“They are all gone away” and “That live on and stay” are two phrases that oppose each other)

#NaPoWriMo 2019–Day 5-Prompt: today we’d like to challenge you to write a poem that incorporates at least one of the following: (1) the villanelle form, (2) lines taken from an outside text, and/or (3) phrases that oppose each other in some way. If you can use two elements, great – and if you can do all three,

Posted in Acrostic, July 2018

YESTERDAYS

Pieces of Yesterday, puzzle pieces,

Years, Tears, and Fears

Evaporated and gone.

Seasons and Reasons in

Time have passed on.

Each moment now spent

Reliving them is pointless.

Days of old are done,

All just memories of the Past.

Yearning won’t bring them back.

Seek today and live!

Acrostic