A few new: Tanka 287; Haiku 959, 960, 961

On Saturday, January 15, I read the poems of a couple of my blog friends – they posted “magnetic poetry”, something they do every week. I don’t try often myself but this week the idea hit me and I dove in.

If you want to know what magnetic poetry is, look here.

And to read the poems of my blog friends,

here is Ken’s

here is Merril’s

I didn’t do quite the same thing as they did in using the allocated vocabulary – instead, I came up with fragments of lines and parts of ideas. Here are my “worksheets”:

Later I took the words, added, subtracted, and came up with the following poems. Take a look and see what you think.

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Tanka 287.
the old owl flew home
under a winter night sky
that’s just fixing to
snow like nobody’s business
go home now go home get home
1/16/22

Haiku 959.
see if you can still
smell that drunk lazy summer
in my rusty sweat
1/17/22

Haiku 960.
scream in a red dress:
my woman blood boils over
scalds you head to toe
1/17/22

Haiku 961.
a mild heart incensed:
rage-delirious boiled milk
in a sealed tin can
1/17/22

6 thoughts on “A few new: Tanka 287; Haiku 959, 960, 961

  1. I was not sure, I’ve seen them work in different ways, thank you for clarifying. I think the process reminds me of doing Snippets, but in them I try to stay with the exact phrases or words. Here I find the magnets kind of jog my mind in a direction. I like that, it was fun to do these.

  2. Thank you for the shout out. Ken, is correct. I use the Oracle for inspiration–I may use some words or synonyms, but then I fill in from there.
    We just watched a new version of Macbeth, and your second one makes me think of Lady Macbeth.

  3. I’m glad you told me this, I did not know it. Now I have a better understanding of why you call it the Oracle! I am intrigued by the Lady Macbeth idea. I will be thinking about this.

  4. I think Jane started calling it the Oracle first?
    Yes, the tiles don’t really change, so we have an understanding.
    Oh, I hope you go with the Lady Macbeth idea!

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