#NaPoWriMo or #GloPoWriMo – Day 21 – Swan Facts

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#NaPoWriMo or #GloPoWriMo – Day 21 – Swan Facts

Thank you Suzanne Olivante for the NaPoWriMo Photo Daily Poetry Prompt

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Swan Facts Poem

swan
graceful
smooth feathers
beautiful neck
mighty wings for flight
highly intelligent
group of wild swans called a herd
one of the largest flying birds
food obtained up-ending or dabbling
eats small amounts – aquatic animals
flies with slow wingbeat and neck is outstretched
flies as fast as sixty miles per hour
groups in captivity – a fleet
swans also feed on the land
a swan will mate for life
wonderful parents
glides when swimming
majestic
charming
bird

Double Etheree – Two Etheree stanzas, where the second one is reversed.

Syllabic count: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1

Rhyme not required

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A to Z Challenge – 21 April 2018 – S is for Sheep – a Haibun

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A to Z Challenge – 21 April 2018 – S is for Sheep – a Haibun

#atozchallenge – Nature & Outdoors Theme

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I have been farming with sheep for sixty years, Romney was the main breed we started with, then we crossed them with a Perendale ram, that was when all the trouble started, they were fast runners no wool on their legs and with no farm dogs in bush country they sure gave us a run around at times, but I still have some very special memories of them.

Interesting facts – there are nearly 1.300 different breeds of sheep throughout the world with around 200 being domestic sheep, also sheep have four chambers in their digestive system, I knew cows did, but not sheep so I just learned something new and I thought I knew everything about sheep.

2016, about 27.6 million sheep in New Zealand.

My story- Phobia of heavy rain and sheep farming.

sheep are amazing
they are not dumb animals
hand reared lambs friendly

April 2018 A to Z Challenge

#NaPoWriMo or #GloPoWriMo – Day 20 – Sidlak Poem

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#NaPoWriMo or #GloPoWriMo – Day 20 – Sidlak Poem

Thank you Suzanne Olivante for the NaPoWriMo Photo Daily Poetry Prompt

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high ranges
illuminated
river continues to flow
ripples of bright light across the sky
emerald green

Sidlak Poetry is a structured poetry consisting of five lines with 3-5-7-9 syllables and a color. The fifth line is a color, syllables not counted, that describes the whole poem or the feeling of the writer.

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#A to Z Challenge – 20 April 2018 – R is for Ragwort – a Haibun

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#A to Z Challenge – 20 April 2018 – R is for Ragwort – a Haibun

#atozchallenge – Nature & Outdoors Theme

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Jacobaea Vulgaris – Yellow Ragwort is a noxious weed in New Zealand, a plant that destroyed farmers land, if not eradicated yearly. Plowing up new land for grassing down, bad news, once the ground was disturbed the seeds germinated, they had been covered up for hundreds of years, by the early settlers breaking in the land.

My husband and I spent some thirty years, spraying, pulling flowering ragwort and burning it, but the ragwort still kept trying to take over the farm, what a nightmare, there are many stories I could tell you about this subject, maybe one day I will.

pretty yellow flowers
tourist commented nice flowers
If only they knew

April 2018 A to Z Challenge

#NaPoWriMo or #GloPoWriMo – Day 19 – Footprints Sign

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#NaPoWriMo or #GloPoWriMo – Day 19 –  Footprints Sign

Thank you Suzanne Olivante for the NaPoWriMo Photo Daily Poetry Prompt

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Please Leave Nothing but your Footprints Sign

A footprint is never everlasting

unless imprinted in fresh concrete

that does not give you an excuse

to clutter up anywhere

read all signs and obey

respect beach reserves

with gratitude

leave tidy

no mess

please

I like this Quote, which covers the above sign perfectly.

Sooner or later, we will have to recognize that the Earth has rights, too, to live without pollution. What mankind must know is that human beings cannot live without Mother Earth, but the planet can live without humans. Evo Morales

Want to read more of Evo Morales Quotes

Reverse Etheree Poetry The same as a Etheree poetry, the only difference is that the syllabic count is reversed: 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1

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#A to Z Challenge – 19 April 2018 – Q is for Quaking Grass – a Haibun

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#A to Z Challenge – 19 April 2018 – Q is for Quaking Grass  – a Haibun

#atozchallenge – Nature & Outdoors Theme

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Briza maxima – Quaking grass.

It gets its name because the flower and seed heads tremble on their stalks in breezes.

In New Zealand, it is a weed, but it makes attractive dry floral arrangements which I have used often.

It reproduces entirely by seed blowing around, dispersed by flowing water, attaching to animals and vehicles.

greater quaking grass
seeds and leaves are edible
trembling in the wind

April 2018 A to Z Challenge

#NaPoWriMo or #GloPoWriMo – Day 18 – Owl Pantoum Poem

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#NaPoWriMo or #GloPoWriMo – Day 18 – Owl Pantoum Poem

Thank you Suzanne Olivante for the NaPoWriMo Photo Daily Poetry Prompt

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Features of Owls

Owl, found in most regions on earth except Antarctica
they are carnivorous, birds of prey, hunting mammals
their face has large forward-facing eyes and ear holes
Most birds of prey have eyes on the side of the head

they are carnivorous, birds of prey, hunting mammals
they must turn their entire head to change their view
Most birds of prey have eyes on the side of the head
A flat face with a hawk-like beak and farsighted eyes

they must turn their entire head to change their view
having farsighted vision working well in low light times
A flat face with a hawk-like beak and farsighted eyes
their feather adaption gives the ability to fly almost silently

having farsighted vision working well in low light times
fourteen neck vertebrae make their neck more flexible
their feather adaption gives the ability to fly almost silently
feathers not waterproof, wet weather struggle to survive

fourteen neck vertebrae make their neck more flexible
their face has large forward-facing eyes and ear holes
feathers not water proof, wet weather struggle to survive
owls found in most regions on earth except Antarctica

How to write Pantoum Poetry:

Line 1

Line 2

Line 3

Line 4

Line 5 (repeat of line 2)

Line 6

Line 7 (repeat of line 4)

Continue with as many stanzas as you wish, but the ending stanza, then repeats the second and fourth lines of the previous stanza (as its first and third lines), and also repeats the third line of the first stanza, as its second line, and the first line of the first stanza as its fourth. So the first line of the poem is also the last.

Last stanza:

Line 2 of the previous stanza

Line 3 of the first stanza

Line 4 of the previous stanza

Line 1 of the first stanza

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#A to Z Challenge – 18 April 2018 – P is for Possum – a Haibun

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#A to Z Challenge – 18 April 2018 – P is for  Possum – a Haibun

#atozchallenge – Nature & Outdoors Theme

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The common brush-tailed Possum Their colors vary from a silver-grey, brown, black, red and gold underbelly, large pointed ears, with a bushy tail that’s naked underneath.

Females, gestation period 16-18 days, after which they give birth to one young possum which climbs unaided into the pouch and attach to a teat, where they stay for another four or five months.

Brush-tailed possums can live up to thirteen years in the wild

They are considered a major threat to New Zealand native forest and birds, causing damage to pine plantations, agriculture and conservation destroying fruit trees, vegetable gardens, also flower gardens, especially roses, there is nothing they don’t eat.

their fur, valuable
possum merino clothing
soft wool for knitters

Article about the possum fur.

April 2018 A to Z Challenge

#Weekly Tanka Prompt #Poetry Challenge – Week 93 – Circle & Cute

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#Weekly Tanka Prompt #Poetry Challenge – Week 93 – Circle & Cute

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The “Weekly Tanka Challenge Prompt” is now also a Poetry Prompt Challenge (any form).

Use the weekly poetry prompt “circle & cute”  to write a poem – any form, your choice, also please feel free to substitute these prompt words with a “synonym”.

I have been trying a few new ones, you may like to try one yourself.

Sidlak Poetry is a structured poetry consisting of five lines with 3-5-7-9 syllables and a color. The last line must be a color that describes the whole poem or the feeling of the writer.

Etheree Poetry – Syllabic Pattern: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10, Rhyme: None

Reverse Etheree Poetry The only difference is that the syllabic count is reversed: 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1

Double Etheree – Two Etheree stanzas, where the second one is reversed.Syllabic count: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1Rhyme not required

Triolet  Poetry – consists of 8 lines. Line 1, 4 and 7 are the same line repeated.  So are lines 2 and 8.

Haiku/Senryu Poetry – Here is an in-depth description of Haiku/Senryu Poem (also called human haiku) is an unrhymed Japanese verse consisting of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables (5, 7, 5) or 17 syllables in all. Senryu is usually written in the present tense and only references to some aspect of human nature or emotions. They possess no references to the natural world and thus stand out from nature/seasonal haiku.

Shadorma Poetry– is a Spanish poetic form. A poem of six lines 3-5-3-3-7-5 syllables no set rhyme scheme. It can have many stanzas, as long as each follows the meter.

Bussokusekika Poetry – a pattern of 5-7-5-7-7-7 Tanka poem with an extra phrase of seven added on at the end.

Retourne Poetry Retourne is a French form of poetry. It is in tetrameter, sixteen lines, eight syllables per line, does not require a specific rhyme scheme.

Stanza 2 line 1 repeats Stanza 1 line 2 
Stanza 3 line 1 repeats Stanza 1 line 3 
Stanza 4 line 1 repeats Stanza 1 Line 4

Tetractys   5 lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 10 syllables (total of 20), it can be written with more than one verse but must follow suit with an inverted syllable count.

Double Tetractys A decastich (10-line stanza) with an emphasis on the syllabic count of each line. Syllabic count: 1-2-3-4-10-10-4-3-2-1 It should express a complete thought and may be on any theme and express any mood. Rhyme is optional.

Tanka Poetry – consists of five units, usually with the following pattern of 5-7-5-7-7 which is syllables.

The first three lines (5/7/5) are the upper phase. This upper stage is where you create an image in your reader’s mind.

The last two lines (7/7) of a Tanka poem are called the lower phase.  The final two lines should express the poet’s ideas about the image that was created in the three lines above.

Not sure of your Syllable count?

  1. You can use the photo above, your own or no photo at all.
  2. The choice is yours, write any style of poetry you wish with the prompt

Copy and paste the link to your finished poem in the comments below. I will acknowledge them the following week, also share on social networks, as I receive them.

My poem a Double Tetractys using the prompt “circle & cute”

cute
cygnets
all cuddling
in a circle
grace and beauty, stillness to be enjoyed
their mother, a female swan called a pen
enjoys a break
relaxing
swimming
joy

Bloggers that posted on the Weekly Tanka Prompt Poetry Challenge – Week 92 – Darkness & Peace – 11 April 2018

Joelle LeGendre – Author of Ranting Along blog, loves writing and her animals, a blog with humor that you just have to smile.

Rashmi Sortur – Author of Sweet Hobbies has lots of dedication in her work. She likes writing stories, and poetry exploring with colors loves to paint.

Frank J Tassone – Writer, Teacher, Husband and father, he has a Haijin in Action blog

Sarah Whiley Author of Sarah Whiley’s blog, she writes short stories, poems, and has a weekly challenge for writers, interesting website.

Reena Saxena Founder of ReInventions — Coach, Trainer, Writer and Personal Branding Consultant.

Author of Poems of a Preacher Truth 101: it’s a Complex World but Some Insist on a Narrow View. Simple is Manageable but The Truth is Absolute.

Author of Poems of a Preacher Truth 101: it’s a Complex World but Some Insist on a Narrow View. Simple is Manageable but The Truth is Absolute.

Deborah – Author of A Wise Woman’s Journey Blog, Deborah is a poet and as she say’s a “cat mama”.

The Bag Lady – Cheryl is a widow, handicapped, a constant writer on her blog, loves doing most things.

Dan Julian Author of Word Florilegium he is an author, you will find him on Amazon

Hecblobber  Author of “Playing with words”, he loves writing poetry, a blog of poetry, please check it out.

Linda Lee Lyberg – Author of Charmed Chaos writes about Musings of Life, Love, and Linguini, she has interesting poetry, short stories.

#NaPoWriMo or #GloPoWriMo – Day 17 – Bees

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#NaPoWriMo or #GloPoWriMo – Day 17 – Bees

Thank you Suzanne Olivante for the NaPoWriMo Photo Daily Poetry Prompt

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Bees Shadorma Poem

honey bees
manuka honey
sweet healthy,
working bees
always faithful to the queen
feeding the larva

serve the queen
pollinating plants
beekeeping
extinction
because of global warming
it is predicted

Shadorma Poetry is a Spanish poetic form.
A poem of six lines 3-5-3-3-7-5 syllables no set rhyme scheme.
It can have many stanzas, as long as each follows the meter.

Interesting NoteThe sex of a bee is determined by whether or not the egg is fertilized; after mating, a female stores the sperm, and determines which sex is required at the time each individual egg is laid, fertilized eggs producing female offspring and unfertilized eggs, males.

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