Monday, February 24, 2014

Monday Musings: February 24, 2014 - Form Prompt

Prompt: Poetry Form - Ronka

What to do: Write a Ronka - a poem of 5 lines, each having 7 words without concern for syllables. Like traditional tanka and haiku, there is no rhyme and a preference to show rather than tell.

Prompt inspired by: poetsonline.org / writingtheday.wordpress.com

While I am always on the lookout for individual creative action, it never hurts to go back and draw from the mainstream now and then. I've found poetsonline.com (and Ken Ronkowitz especially) to be the "shot in the arm" so to speak when I'm feeling stuck or stale.

My take on this week's prompt:

Winter Ronka

Snow fell hard and heavy all night.
Cold but pristine, the glittering white blanket
covered all the world in quiet beauty.
The frigid silence, so fragile as glass,
was shattered by the hulking city plow.


6 comments:

  1. This one must of burst from you after the winter you're having! We are in danger of "rain." here in CA I have been reading anything you write about "how you write" because I am always interested in other people's work (and how they do it) just like you. I use WordHippo every time I write it's a big help with my poor education. I don't usually talk about this but I don't have a "college" degree, mine's a technical college so I have to work hard to write poetry with words I'm just discovering. Can I ask how long it takes you to write a poem and do you finish them the same day?

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    1. As I've said before... it's not about what kind of degree you have or don't have. It's about what kind of heart you have. :) Keep seeking out words to play with but don't hang yourself up on thinking you have a "poor education". Life teaches us much more than anything we can learn in a school room. As far as how long it takes me to write a poem... it really depends on the poem and why I am writing it. In most cases I write them within a few moments - a flash of inspiration - which is probably why they tend to be brief. So... yes, I usually finish them in the same day. When I'm writing for a particular publication or contest, the poem may take days or even weeks from conception to finished product. Most times my writing is extremely organic with a life of its own... I'm merely the tool it uses to allow itself to be heard. ;)

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  2. I wish you did have a linker but do understand why you don't. I have fun trying this form which I never tried before. I posted this on my site so please visit there: http://bekkiespicturesquewords.blogspot.com/2014/02/daybreak.html
    It's my first Ronka so I hope it's right, or I hope I followed the form. I'll let you tell me. Hugs!

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    1. No linkys! LOL! I will definitely give it a little look-see. Thanks (always) for your support and for writing! Hugs back at ya!

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  3. My friend Meme joined our write and she did a fabulous job! She is also writing with Mag and did a poem for it too. I taught her how to write poems and she is very excited about it. I have been mentoring her and she's blossoming. She had trouble linking so I posted it for her: http://www.sugaronwheels.blogspot.com/2014/03/fingers-of-breeze.html?m=1

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    1. Thanks for letting me know Bekkie. I have been following her blog. I think perhaps you may have posted this to the wrong prompt though... ;) I'll post a link on last week's prompt. Thanks again!

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