TANKA CHALLENGE – A tanka poem by Jean Kay

For day 11 of National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) “I challenge you to write a tanka. This, like the “American” cinquain, is a poem based on syllables, with the pattern being 5-7-5-7-7.”  Here is mine.

TANKA CHALLENGE

 

My challenge today

is to create a tanka:

verses with five lines.

Who dreams up these sequences

interfering with my flow?

 

What words of wisdom

can I portray in this way

counting out each line?

A conflict grows within me –

both sides of my brain in gear.

 

One side at a time

is much easier on me –

being creative,

not facing the challenges

of counting in my left brain.

 

Jean Kay

April 11, 2013

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FOOD CHAIN BLUES – An un-love poem by Jean Kay

For day 10 of National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) “Many of us have read and even written love poems. But have you written an un-love poem?”  Here is mine.

FOOD CHAIN BLUES

Lots of birds at our feeder

I enjoy watching them all,

except for a very noisy bird-

I wish crows didn’t come to call.

 

I know they need to feed their young

but not with birds I’m feeding.

I rescued a Pine Siskin from a crow,

thank goodness it wasn’t bleeding.

 

When I scare the crows away,

It scares all other birds too,

but the little ones soon come back

we’re part of the rounds they do.

 

I’m also a cat-loving person

except for a neighbor’s big grey

who stalks birds as they’re eating,

so I have to shoo him away.

 

I know there is a food chain

as I, myself, eat meat,

but I’m still protective of little birds

who choose to live on my street.

 

Jean Kay

April 10, 2013

 

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A MYSTERY – A poem by Jean Kay

For day 9 of National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) “Today I challenge you write a poem inspired by noir — it could be in the voice of a detective, or unravel a mystery, or just describe the long shadows of the skyscrapers in the ever-swirling smog.”

 

A MYSTERY

Who is this person looking back

at me in the mirror each morning?

Is it just skin, bone and hair that I see,

or is more than a new day dawning?

Do I like what I see? That’s important.

Do I take time to truly know

that I have a power within me,

that guides me wherever I go?

Can I see beyond the challenges

that tend to cloud my view?

Do I believe I can accomplish

what I set out to do?

Do I see a look of gratitude

for all I am and am yet to be?

Can I smile at the mirror image

And say a cheery “Good morning.” to me?

I can set the tone of my day

by appreciating I am alive,

and expanding that sense of abundance

so I don’t just live, I thrive.

Jean Kay

April 9, 2013

 

Website www.poetrytoinspire.com

YouTube videos http://goo.gl/tTC3g

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CAA webpages www.canauthorsvancouver.org/kay

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