Friday, October 07, 2016

Poetry Seven Write Poems for Arlequin

This month the poetry gang wrote poems to images selected by Kelly. The piece is by René de Saint-Marceaux and is titled Arlequin. Kelly took the photos at the Musée des Beaux Arts in Lyon, France.
 Photographs © Kelly Fineman

I've been experimenting the last few weeks with the Magic 9, a relatively new 9-line poetic form. Here's what the Poets Garret wrote about its invention.
Typing too fast is often the cause of spelling mistakes and one day abracadabra was typed as abacadaba and right away a poetry form appeared. 
So the Magic 9 is a 9-line poem with a rhyme scheme of: a/b/a/c/a/d/a/b/a.

This piece creeped me out just a bit. In my brainstorming and early drafts I wrote about Zorro, the Phantom of the Opera, Batman, and a few other masked men. This is what I ended up with.

As You Wish

Masked men have always frightened me
the Dread Pirate Roberts the only exception
I can get behind a little piracy
a nom de guerre and a ship named Revenge
swashbuckling his way into infamy
all for the want of a woman
dreams of Buttercup kept him at sea
leading a life of deception
until love brought him home, set him free

Poem ©Tricia Stohr-Hunt, 2016. All rights reserved.

You can read the poems written by my Poetry Seven compatriots at the links below. Andi's been under the weather, so she's not sharing a poem today. Here's hoping she's feeling much better now. She's with us in spirit and we'll happily welcome her back for our next poetry challenge.
I do hope you'll take some time to check out all the wonderful poetic things being shared and collected today at Violet Nesdoly's placeHappy poetry Friday friends!


  1. Oh, your unexpected line, "I can get behind a little piracy" made me giggle. I hadn't realized how many masked men there were! Maybe we need more masked women??? Anyway, this is a fun take on it, and also: you need a Buttercup poem to go with this one...

  2. I love that you went off in a completely other direction - that's a great way of handling a piece like this!

    Yeah, this poem has all the right elements.
    Weird how masked men are not my fave, either. And yet, we both redeemed them. Go, us.

  4. I love how this poem shows us both your heart and the pirate's heart. Such a lovely ending:>)

  5. Oh the Dread Pirate Roberts! My favourite pirate. :)

  6. Very interesting to read yet another take on "Arlequin." Thanks, too, for the new form. I get so many new ideas from reading Poetry Friday posts!

  7. I'm starting my Poetry Princess reading here -- so interesting to read about how this form was born! You always inspire me to dig deeper into forms! Well done!

  8. I like the way this new form trips off the tongue, Tricia. The rhyming is terrific. Glad you approve of this masked man and his tale!