Friday, June 24, 2022

Poetry Sisters Write Byr a Thoddaid

This month's challenge was to write in the form of Byr a Thoddaid. You can learn more about this form at Writer's Digest. It has a lot going on in terms of rhyme and meter and frankly, looked a bit complicated. Once I got started, it wasn't so bad. The form I used was this suggested option:

xxxxxxxA
xxxxxxxA
xxxxxxxBxc
xcxxxB

I was inspired to write to this photo Liz Garton Scanlon took while hiking the West Highland Way.

Photo by Liz Garton Scanlon, 2022.  

I couldn't get this sweet image out of my head. Since I have a hard time writing to form without a topic, I decided to focus on these lambs. Here's my poem.

West Highland Lambs

Lambing season arrives each spring
when tender-hearted little things
roam the Scottish countryside. Rain or shine
they twine beside the lane

two undisturbed by those who pass.
A mother and her bonnie lass
quietly witness with wonder this pair
under a sky so fair.

Poem ©Tricia Stohr-Hunt, 2022. All rights reserved.

Interestingly, after writing this poem I found a different description of this form that I actually like a bit better. Instead of 3 rhymes, it uses only 2. You can read more about this version at Poetry Magnum Opus. Here is the form they suggest:

xxxxxxxA
xxxxxxxA
xxxxxxxA-xb                 
xxbxxA

Needless to say, I decided to try again with this form. Here's a second poem written to the photo of the lambs.

they followed the West Highland Way
discovering beauty each day
mother and daughter under gray skies spied
in a hide in the hay

two lambs twined together asleep
this sight made their open hearts weep
mother and daughter felt bone-deep wonder
found oneness with wee sheep

Poem ©Tricia Stohr-Hunt, 2022. All rights reserved.

I'm not sure I followed the rules exactly, as the guideline is "the main rhyme appears somewhere near the end of a longer line and the end word is a secondary rhyme... The last syllable is echoed  somewhere in the first half of the next line as secondary rhyme, alliteration, consonance or assonance." I didn't use the same approach in each stanza. In the first the words rhyme (spied/hide). In the second I've used assonance (wonder, oneness). I'm not sure I like this as much as the first, but there are ideas here I like. I'll need to keep playing with this form.

You can read the pieces written by my Poetry Sisters at the links below. 

    Would you like to try the next challenge? Next month we are writing acrostic phrase poems. Choose any line from the poem "Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou and use each word in the phrase to begin a new line of your poem. We hope you'll join us. Are you in? Good! You’ve got a month to craft your creation(s), then share your offering with the rest of us on July 29th in a post and/or on social media with the tag #PoetryPals. We look forward to reading your poems! 

    I do hope you'll take some time to check out all the wonderful poetic things being shared and collected today by Catherine Flynn at Reading to the Core. Happy poetry Friday friends. 

    Friday, May 27, 2022

    Poetry Sisters Write to the Theme of String/Thread/Rope/Chain

    This month's challenge was to write a poem using the words or theme of string, thread, rope, and/or chain. I thought a lot about kites and sewing, but none of my ideas really hit the mark. Yesterday I spent a few minutes watching an industrious spider and decided that was what I wanted to write about. 

    Spider Triolet

    They swing and dangle in the air
    spiders spinning webs of string
    patterned with unconscious flair
    They swing and dangle in the air
    perfect traps designed to snare
    insects walking or on the wing
    They swing and dangle in the air
    spiders spinning webs of string

    Poem ©Tricia Stohr-Hunt, 2022. All rights reserved.

    You can read the pieces written by my Poetry Sisters at the links below. 

      Would you like to try the next challenge? Next month we are writing poems in the form of Byr a Thoddaid. You can learn more about this form at Writer's Digest. We hope you'll join us. Are you in? Good! You’ve got a month to craft your creation(s), then share your offering with the rest of us on June 24th in a post and/or on social media with the tag #PoetryPals. We look forward to reading your poems! 

      I do hope you'll take some time to check out all the wonderful poetic things being shared and collected today by Linda Mitchell at A Word Edgewise. Happy poetry Friday friends. 

      Friday, May 06, 2022

      Poetry Friday - More Primary Source Poems

      I'm still working my way through family documents and still writing every day, though not strictly in Japanese poetic forms as I did for this year's National Poetry Month project on poems and primary sources.

      Here are the poems I've written for May 1-6. (Click images to enlarge for a better view of the documents.)

      I do hope you'll take some time to check out all the wonderful poetic things being shared and collected today by Jama Rattigan at Jama's Alphabet Soup. Happy poetry Friday friends. 

      Saturday, April 30, 2022

      NPM 2022 - April 30

      I can't believe it's the last day of April. Where has the month gone? I feel like I have so many more primary sources to share.

      Today's poem is written to a photo of my brother and sister with our Semmelmayer cousins. This was taken Christmas day, 1960, five years before I came along. I missed some awfully good times. 

      This poem is written as a choka. The choka is a Japanese form of unrhymed alternating five and seven syllable lines that ends with an extra seven syllable line. It can be any odd number of lines. You can learn more about this form at Poets Collective.

      Here is a listing of all the poems I've written this month. I've also shared these poems on my Instagram, which is a good place to go to see them altogether. 

      April 1 - Senryu to a photo of my grandmother as a child
      April 2 - Haiku to my mother's recipe
      April 3 - Dodoitsu to a war memento
      April 4 - Choka to my mother's engagement announcement
      April 5 - Gogyohka to the receipt for my mother's engagement ring
      April 6 - Senryu to a student's drawing of my dad
      April 7 - Tanka to a photo of my grandmother and her mother by a car
      April 8 - Dodoitsu to a piece of V-mail from my great uncle 
      April 9 - Senryu to a Christmas card from Paris during the war (1944)
      April 10 - Somonka to a war letter to my father
      April 11 - Dodoitsu to an early family portrait of my mother
      April 12 - Senryu to a photo of WWII nose art 
      April 13 - Senryu to a pair of postage stamps issued in 1934
      April 14 - Somonka to a war letter to my father
      April 15 - Senryu to a photo of my mother as a child 
      April 16 - Senryu to an Easter card my grandmother sent my grandfather
      April 17 - Senryu to an Easter card my grandfather sent my grandmother
      April 18 - Tanka to a First Day Cover celebrating NATO's 10th anniversary (1959)
      April 19 - Somonka to my grandparent's wedding photo 
      April 20 - Dodoitsu to a list my grandfather made of the cars he owned 
      April 21 - Haibun to a newspaper story about a car accident my father was in
      April 22 - Tanka to a newspaper masthead from NAAS Jacksonville (1945) 
      April 23 - Senryu to my grandfather's christening photo (1899)
      April 24 - Senryu to a photo of my father and his parents at the beach (1929)
      April 25 - Senryu to a letter my father's sister sent him during the way (1945)  
      April 26 - Senryu to a button envelop (1950) 
      April 27 - Sedoka to a photo of my grandfather and his twin sister 
      April 28 - Senryu to my dad's navy photo 
      April 29 - Dodoitsu to a family photo (1946)

      Friday, April 29, 2022

      Poetry Friday - Poetry Sisters Write In the Style of Taylor Mali

      This month the challenge was to write in the style of Taylor Mali. If you've ever seen the video What Do Teacher's Make, you know who he is. Mali is largely a spoken word poet. When you read his print poems, they are long and recursive. I wasn't sure I'd be able to pull off a poem like this, so I went to his Writing Exercises page and found a poem on the Rhyme Time Lesson that I thought would be good to emulate. The directions were to use his poem as a model, and then write about "thoughts, memories, fears, joys, and mostly OBJECTS that generally fill your head each day." His model poem is really a list poem. I didn't follow his directions exactly, but I'm not too far off. 

      Insomnia Brain Remembers
      When I can’t sleep at night and my brain won’t shut down
      I feel like a tourist in memory town
      Remembering people, places, and more
      Reliving the bits that will not be ignored
           My grandmother Stohr in her yellow housecoat
           The day I was published for something I wrote
           My father’s wry wit, my mother’s quick laugh
           The first time my son fed a captive giraffe
           The day that my sister packed up and moved out
           The first job after college that filled me with doubt
           The yellow VW owned by my brother
           The last day in June when I lost my mother
           The mountains, Tibet, and the glorious view
           Sundays in church on a hard wooden pew
           The first day of school when I started to teach
           The jar of treats grandma kept high out of reach
           The winter the dog was found caught in a trap
           Charting our trips on an unfolded map
      Try too hard to rest and it all rushes back
      But I’ve lived and been loved, so there’s nothing I lack
           (only sleep!)

      Poem ©Tricia Stohr-Hunt, 2022. All rights reserved.

      You can read the pieces written by my Poetry Sisters at the links below. 

        Would you like to try the next challenge? Next month we are writing poems using the words or theme of string/thread/rope/chain. We hope you'll join us. Are you in? Good! You’ve got a month to craft your creation(s), then share your offering with the rest of us on May 27th in a post and/or on social media with the tag #PoetryPals. We look forward to reading your poems! 

        In addition to today's Poetry Sister collaboration, I'm close to wrapping up my National Poetry Month where I'm writing poems in Japanese poetic forms to primary sources. Today's poem is written to a family photo. I'm also sharing these poems on my Instagram in case you want to see them all in one place. 

        I do hope you'll take some time to check out all the wonderful poetic things being shared and collected today by Jone MacCulloch. Happy poetry Friday friends. 

        Poetry Friday: NPM 2022 - Day 29

        Today's poem is written to a photo of my grandparents, great grandmother, and great aunt and uncle. The back of the photo is stamped June 17, 1946. 

        This poem is written as a dodoitsu. I haven't really followed the form too well this time.  While I have followed the pattern (a 4-line poem with a syllable count of 7-7-7-5), I have not focused on "love or work with a comical twist." The post What is a Dodoitsu? contains more information about this Japanese form.

        I hope you'll come back tomorrow and see what new inspiration I've found for a poem. Until then, you may want to read previous poems in this series. I'm also sharing these poems on my Instagram in case you want to see them all in one place. 

        April 1 - Senryu to a photo of my grandmother as a child
        April 2 - Haiku to my mother's recipe
        April 3 - Dodoitsu to a war memento
        April 4 - Choka to my mother's engagement announcement
        April 5 - Gogyohka to the receipt for my mother's engagement ring
        April 6 - Senryu to a student's drawing of my dad
        April 7 - Tanka to a photo of my grandmother and her mother by a car
        April 8 - Dodoitsu to a piece of V-mail from my great uncle 
        April 9 - Senryu to a Christmas card from Paris during the war (1944)
        April 10 - Somonka to a war letter to my father
        April 11 - Dodoitsu to an early family portrait of my mother
        April 12 - Senryu to a photo of WWII nose art 
        April 13 - Senryu to a pair of postage stamps issued in 1934
        April 14 - Somonka to a war letter to my father
        April 15 - Senryu to a photo of my mother as a child 
        April 16 - Senryu to an Easter card my grandmother sent my grandfather
        April 17 - Senryu to an Easter card my grandfather sent my grandmother
        April 18 - Tanka to a First Day Cover celebrating NATO's 10th anniversary (1959)
        April 19 - Somonka to my grandparent's wedding photo 
        April 20 - Dodoitsu to a list my grandfather made of the cars he owned 
        April 21 - Haibun to a newspaper story about a car accident my father was in
        April 22 - Tanka to a newspaper masthead from NAAS Jacksonville (1945) 
        April 23 - Senryu to my grandfather's christening photo (1899)
        April 24 - Senryu to a photo of my father and his parents at the beach (1929)
        April 25 - Senryu to a letter my father's sister sent him during the way (1945)  
        April 26 - Senryu to a button envelop (1950) 
        April 27 - Sedoka to a photo of my grandfather and his twin sister 
        April 28 - Senryu to my dad's navy photo 

        In addition to today's National Poetry Month poem, I'm also in with the poetry sisters challenge to write in the style of Taylor Mali. You can find my poem here.

        I do hope you'll take some time to check out all the wonderful poetic things being shared and collected today by Jone MacCulloch. Happy poetry Friday friends. 

        Thursday, April 28, 2022

        NPM 2022 - Day 28

        Today's poem is written to my father's navy photo. I didn't often see him write his full name, so it makes we wonder if my grandmother called him Frederick.

        This poem is written as a senryu. Senryu is a three line poem written in the 5-7-5 form like haiku. While haiku focus on nature, senryu focus on human foibles. You can read more about senryu at How to Write Senryu Poems: Understanding the Senryu Form.

        I hope you'll come back tomorrow and see what new inspiration I've found for a poem. Until then, you may want to read previous poems in this series. I'm also sharing these poems on my Instagram in case you want to see them all in one place. 

        April 1 - Senryu to a photo of my grandmother as a child
        April 2 - Haiku to my mother's recipe
        April 3 - Dodoitsu to a war memento
        April 4 - Choka to my mother's engagement announcement
        April 5 - Gogyohka to the receipt for my mother's engagement ring
        April 6 - Senryu to a student's drawing of my dad
        April 7 - Tanka to a photo of my grandmother and her mother by a car
        April 8 - Dodoitsu to a piece of V-mail from my great uncle 
        April 9 - Senryu to a Christmas card from Paris during the war (1944)
        April 10 - Somonka to a war letter to my father
        April 11 - Dodoitsu to an early family portrait of my mother
        April 12 - Senryu to a photo of WWII nose art 
        April 13 - Senryu to a pair of postage stamps issued in 1934
        April 14 - Somonka to a war letter to my father
        April 15 - Senryu to a photo of my mother as a child 
        April 16 - Senryu to an Easter card my grandmother sent my grandfather
        April 17 - Senryu to an Easter card my grandfather sent my grandmother
        April 18 - Tanka to a First Day Cover celebrating NATO's 10th anniversary (1959)
        April 19 - Somonka to my grandparent's wedding photo 
        April 20 - Dodoitsu to a list my grandfather made of the cars he owned 
        April 21 - Haibun to a newspaper story about a car accident my father was in
        April 22 - Tanka to a newspaper masthead from NAAS Jacksonville (1945) 
        April 23 - Senryu to my grandfather's christening photo (1899)
        April 24 - Senryu to a photo of my father and his parents at the beach (1929)
        April 25 - Senryu to a letter my father's sister sent him during the way (1945)  
        April 26 - Senryu to a button envelop (1950) 
        April 27 - Sedoka to a photo of my grandfather and his twin sister

        Wednesday, April 27, 2022

        NPM 2022 - Day 27

        Today's poem is written to a photo of my grandfather and his twin sister. Born in 1899, my guess is that this photo was taken when they were 3 or 4. I wish it had a date. My grandfather had 6 siblings, his twin Edna, and 5 other sisters. Twenty years separated Mamie, the oldest born in 1888, from Dorothy, the youngest born in 1908.  

        This poem is (loosely) written as a sedoka. Sedoka is a form that contains two stanzas, each a Katauta with a syllable pattern of 5-7-7. The first generally asks a question and the second answers. These poems were generally question and answer conversations between lovers with the stanzas being written by different people. You can learn more about the sedoka at Writer's Digest or Shadow Poetry.

        I hope you'll come back tomorrow and see what new inspiration I've found for a poem. Until then, you may want to read previous poems in this series. I'm also sharing these poems on my Instagram in case you want to see them all in one place. 

        April 1 - Senryu to a photo of my grandmother as a child
        April 2 - Haiku to my mother's recipe
        April 3 - Dodoitsu to a war memento
        April 4 - Choka to my mother's engagement announcement
        April 5 - Gogyohka to the receipt for my mother's engagement ring
        April 6 - Senryu to a student's drawing of my dad
        April 7 - Tanka to a photo of my grandmother and her mother by a car
        April 8 - Dodoitsu to a piece of V-mail from my great uncle 
        April 9 - Senryu to a Christmas card from Paris during the war (1944)
        April 10 - Somonka to a war letter to my father
        April 11 - Dodoitsu to an early family portrait of my mother
        April 12 - Senryu to a photo of WWII nose art 
        April 13 - Senryu to a pair of postage stamps issued in 1934
        April 14 - Somonka to a war letter to my father
        April 15 - Senryu to a photo of my mother as a child 
        April 16 - Senryu to an Easter card my grandmother sent my grandfather
        April 17 - Senryu to an Easter card my grandfather sent my grandmother
        April 18 - Tanka to a First Day Cover celebrating NATO's 10th anniversary (1959)
        April 19 - Somonka to my grandparent's wedding photo 
        April 20 - Dodoitsu to a list my grandfather made of the cars he owned 
        April 21 - Haibun to a newspaper story about a car accident my father was in
        April 22 - Tanka to a newspaper masthead from NAAS Jacksonville (1945) 
        April 23 - Senryu to my grandfather's christening photo (1899)
        April 24 - Senryu to a photo of my father and his parents at the beach (1929)
        April 25 - Senryu to a letter my father's sister sent him during the way (1945)  
        April 26 - Senryu to a button envelop (1950)

        Tuesday, April 26, 2022

        NPM 2022 - Day 26

        Today's poem is written to an envelope with buttons inside. That is my mother's handwriting on the outside. She would have been 20 when her grandmother died. I have no way of knowing if she made this note at the time of her grandmother's death or some time later. This small remembrance of my mother's grandmother got me thinking about my grandmothers, both of whom are described in this poem.

        This poem is written as a senryu. Senryu is a three line poem written in the 5-7-5 form like haiku. While haiku focus on nature, senryu focus on human foibles. You can read more about senryu at How to Write Senryu Poems: Understanding the Senryu Form.

        I hope you'll come back tomorrow and see what new inspiration I've found for a poem. Until then, you may want to read previous poems in this series. I'm also sharing these poems on my Instagram in case you want to see them all in one place. 

        April 1 - Senryu to a photo of my grandmother as a child
        April 2 - Haiku to my mother's recipe
        April 3 - Dodoitsu to a war memento
        April 4 - Choka to my mother's engagement announcement
        April 5 - Gogyohka to the receipt for my mother's engagement ring
        April 6 - Senryu to a student's drawing of my dad
        April 7 - Tanka to a photo of my grandmother and her mother by a car
        April 8 - Dodoitsu to a piece of V-mail from my great uncle 
        April 9 - Senryu to a Christmas card from Paris during the war (1944)
        April 10 - Somonka to a war letter to my father
        April 11 - Dodoitsu to an early family portrait of my mother
        April 12 - Senryu to a photo of WWII nose art 
        April 13 - Senryu to a pair of postage stamps issued in 1934
        April 14 - Somonka to a war letter to my father
        April 15 - Senryu to a photo of my mother as a child 
        April 16 - Senryu to an Easter card my grandmother sent my grandfather
        April 17 - Senryu to an Easter card my grandfather sent my grandmother
        April 18 - Tanka to a First Day Cover celebrating NATO's 10th anniversary (1959)
        April 19 - Somonka to my grandparent's wedding photo 
        April 20 - Dodoitsu to a list my grandfather made of the cars he owned 
        April 21 - Haibun to a newspaper story about a car accident my father was in
        April 22 - Tanka to a newspaper masthead from NAAS Jacksonville (1945) 
        April 23 - Senryu to my grandfather's christening photo 
        April 24 - Senryu to a photo of my father and his parents at the beach (1929)
        April 25 - Senryu to a letter my father's sister sent him during the way (1945) 

        Monday, April 25, 2022

        NPM 2022 - Day 25

        Today's poem is written to a letter my Aunt Lois sent my father when we was stationed in Hawaii during the war. Her letters are filled with stories about school, what music she's listening to, how she's earning money, what she's saving for, and so much more. Many of them open with her addressing him as something other than Fred. 

        This poem is written as a senryu. Senryu is a three line poem written in the 5-7-5 form like haiku. While haiku focus on nature, senryu focus on human foibles. You can read more about senryu at How to Write Senryu Poems: Understanding the Senryu Form.

        I'm sad that the ink has faded in spots, making parts of the letter hard to read. You can see it below if you want to see it in its entirety.

        I hope you'll come back tomorrow and see what new inspiration I've found for a poem. Until then, you may want to read previous poems in this series. I'm also sharing these poems on my Instagram in case you want to see them all in one place. 

        April 1 - Senryu to a photo of my grandmother as a child
        April 2 - Haiku to my mother's recipe
        April 3 - Dodoitsu to a war memento
        April 4 - Choka to my mother's engagement announcement
        April 5 - Gogyohka to the receipt for my mother's engagement ring
        April 6 - Senryu to a student's drawing of my dad
        April 7 - Tanka to a photo of my grandmother and her mother by a car
        April 8 - Dodoitsu to a piece of V-mail from my great uncle 
        April 9 - Senryu to a Christmas card from Paris during the war (1944)
        April 10 - Somonka to a war letter to my father
        April 11 - Dodoitsu to an early family portrait of my mother
        April 12 - Senryu to a photo of WWII nose art 
        April 13 - Senryu to a pair of postage stamps issued in 1934
        April 14 - Somonka to a war letter to my father
        April 15 - Senryu to a photo of my mother as a child 
        April 16 - Senryu to an Easter card my grandmother sent my grandfather
        April 17 - Senryu to an Easter card my grandfather sent my grandmother
        April 18 - Tanka to a First Day Cover celebrating NATO's 10th anniversary (1959)
        April 19 - Somonka to my grandparent's wedding photo 
        April 20 - Dodoitsu to a list my grandfather made of the cars he owned 
        April 21 - Haibun to a newspaper story about a car accident my father was in
        April 22 - Tanka to a newspaper masthead from NAAS Jacksonville (1945) 
        April 23 - Senryu to my grandfather's christening photo 
        April 24 - Senryu to a photo of my father and his parents at the beach (1929)

        Sunday, April 24, 2022

        NPM 2022 - Day 24

        Today's poem is written to a photo of my father and his parents at Ontario Beach Park in 1929. One of the photos from this day ended up on the cover of the Gas and Electric News, a publication of the Rochester Gas and Electric Corporation. The date was August, 1929. 

        This poem is written as a pair of senryu. Senryu is a three line poem written in the 5-7-5 form like haiku. While haiku focus on nature, senryu focus on human foibles. You can read more about senryu at How to Write Senryu Poems: Understanding the Senryu Form.

        My grandmother saved the cover of the publication. It somehow ended up in my mother's papers. She wrote who was pictured on the cover in two different places. She also circled my father and grandmother. You can see the front and the back of that cover below. (I love the back because it has a poem!)

        I hope you'll come back tomorrow and see what new inspiration I've found for a poem. Until then, you may want to read previous poems in this series. I'm also sharing these poems on my Instagram in case you want to see them all in one place. 

        April 1 - Senryu to a photo of my grandmother as a child
        April 2 - Haiku to my mother's recipe
        April 3 - Dodoitsu to a war memento
        April 4 - Choka to my mother's engagement announcement
        April 5 - Gogyohka to the receipt for my mother's engagement ring
        April 6 - Senryu to a student's drawing of my dad
        April 7 - Tanka to a photo of my grandmother and her mother by a car
        April 8 - Dodoitsu to a piece of V-mail from my great uncle 
        April 9 - Senryu to a Christmas card from Paris during the war (1944)
        April 10 - Somonka to a war letter to my father
        April 11 - Dodoitsu to an early family portrait of my mother
        April 12 - Senryu to a photo of WWII nose art 
        April 13 - Senryu to a pair of postage stamps issued in 1934
        April 14 - Somonka to a war letter to my father
        April 15 - Senryu to a photo of my mother as a child 
        April 16 - Senryu to an Easter card my grandmother sent my grandfather
        April 17 - Senryu to an Easter card my grandfather sent my grandmother
        April 18 - Tanka to a First Day Cover celebrating NATO's 10th anniversary (1959)
        April 19 - Somonka to my grandparent's wedding photo 
        April 20 - Dodoitsu to a list my grandfather made of the cars he owned 
        April 21 - Haibun to a newspaper story about a car accident my father was in
        April 22 - Tanka to a newspaper masthead from NAAS Jacksonville (1945) 
        April 23 - Senryu to my grandfather's christening photo 

        Saturday, April 23, 2022

        NPM 2022 - Day 23

        Today's poem is written to my grandfather's christening photo. I'm struck by the length of the gown, the setting of the portrait, and the serious look on his face. This photo immediately made me think of my mother, who could shoot a look that made you know you were in big trouble. She didn't even need to speak. One look and you just knew. That's where this poem went.

        This poem is written as a senryu. Senryu is a three line poem written in the 5-7-5 form like haiku. While haiku focus on nature, senryu focus on human foibles. You can read more about senryu at How to Write Senryu Poems: Understanding the Senryu Form.

        I hope you'll come back tomorrow and see what new inspiration I've found for a poem. Until then, you may want to read previous poems in this series. I'm also sharing these poems on my Instagram in case you want to see them all in one place. 

        April 1 - Senryu to a photo of my grandmother as a child
        April 2 - Haiku to my mother's recipe
        April 3 - Dodoitsu to a war memento
        April 4 - Choka to my mother's engagement announcement
        April 5 - Gogyohka to the receipt for my mother's engagement ring
        April 6 - Senryu to a student's drawing of my dad
        April 7 - Tanka to a photo of my grandmother and her mother by a car
        April 8 - Dodoitsu to a piece of V-mail from my great uncle 
        April 9 - Senryu to a Christmas card from Paris during the war (1944)
        April 10 - Somonka to a war letter to my father
        April 11 - Dodoitsu to an early family portrait of my mother
        April 12 - Senryu to a photo of WWII nose art 
        April 13 - Senryu to a pair of postage stamps issued in 1934
        April 14 - Somonka to a war letter to my father
        April 15 - Senryu to a photo of my mother as a child 
        April 16 - Senryu to an Easter card my grandmother sent my grandfather
        April 17 - Senryu to an Easter card my grandfather sent my grandmother
        April 18 - Tanka to a First Day Cover celebrating NATO's 10th anniversary (1959)
        April 19 - Somonka to my grandparent's wedding photo 
        April 20 - Dodoitsu to a list my grandfather made of the cars he owned 
        April 21 - Haibun to a newspaper story about a car accident my father was in
        April 22 - Tanka to a newspaper masthead from NAAS Jacksonville (1945)

        Friday, April 22, 2022

        Poetry Friday: NPM 2022 - Day 22

        Today's poem is written to the masthead of a newspaper published at the Naval Auxiliary Air Station in Jacksonville, Florida in August of 1945. My father's flight crew was pictured on the back page and honored as crew of the week. I was surprised that the name of the paper was the Privateer, knowing the history of the word and its connection to state-sanctioned piracy. That's where my poem went.

        This poem is written as a tanka. A tanka is a 5-line poem with the syllable pattern 5-7-5-7-7. You can learn more about this form at The Tanka Journal.

        You can see the paper in ins entirety below. Click on the images to enlarge them. (Fair warning, some of the articles are representative of the nationalism of the time and offer unflattering stereotypes of Japanese people.)

        I hope you'll come back tomorrow and see what new inspiration I've found for a poem. Until then, you may want to read previous poems in this series. I'm also sharing these poems on my Instagram in case you want to see them all in one place. 

        April 1 - Senryu to a photo of my grandmother as a child
        April 2 - Haiku to my mother's recipe
        April 3 - Dodoitsu to a war memento
        April 4 - Choka to my mother's engagement announcement
        April 5 - Gogyohka to the receipt for my mother's engagement ring
        April 6 - Senryu to a student's drawing of my dad
        April 7 - Tanka to a photo of my grandmother and her mother by a car
        April 8 - Dodoitsu to a piece of V-mail from my great uncle 
        April 9 - Senryu to a Christmas card from Paris during the war (1944)
        April 10 - Somonka to a war letter to my father
        April 11 - Dodoitsu to an early family portrait of my mother
        April 12 - Senryu to a photo of WWII nose art 
        April 13 - Senryu to a pair of postage stamps issued in 1934
        April 14 - Somonka to a war letter to my father
        April 15 - Senryu to a photo of my mother as a child 
        April 16 - Senryu to an Easter card my grandmother sent my grandfather
        April 17 - Senryu to an Easter card my grandfather sent my grandmother
        April 18 - Tanka to a First Day Cover celebrating NATO's 10th anniversary (1959)
        April 19 - Somonka to my grandparent's wedding photo 
        April 20 - Dodoitsu to a list my grandfather made of the cars he owned 
        April 21 - Haibun to a newspaper story about a car accident my father was in

        Finally, I do hope you'll take some time to check out all the wonderful poetic things being shared and collected today by Margaret Simon at Reflections on the Teche. Happy poetry Friday friends. 

        Thursday, April 21, 2022

        NPM 2022 - Day 21

        Today's poem is written to a newspaper clipping we found in my dad's papers after he passed away. We were astounded to learn he'd been in a car accident and that it had been reported in the paper! It was treated like the end of the world when we had minor fender benders, so it seemed he'd been rather hypocritical when we learned about his youthful indiscretion. Oh the stories our parents never tell us about their youth! I can only imagine what happened when he got home.

        This poem is written as a haibun. A haibun is a form that combines prose with haiku. Haibun prose is usually descriptive and is meant to set a scene or evoke an image in the reader. It is followed by a haiku that serves to deepen the meaning of the prose, either by expanding on the theme or serving as a juxtaposition to it. You can learn more about haibun at More Than Birds, Bees, and Trees: A Closer Look at Writing Haibun.

        I hope you'll come back tomorrow and see what new inspiration I've found for a poem. Until then, you may want to read previous poems in this series. I'm also sharing these poems on my Instagram in case you want to see them all in one place. 

        April 1 - Senryu to a photo of my grandmother as a child
        April 2 - Haiku to my mother's recipe
        April 3 - Dodoitsu to a war memento
        April 4 - Choka to my mother's engagement announcement
        April 5 - Gogyohka to the receipt for my mother's engagement ring
        April 6 - Senryu to a student's drawing of my dad
        April 7 - Tanka to a photo of my grandmother and her mother by a car
        April 8 - Dodoitsu to a piece of V-mail from my great uncle 
        April 9 - Senryu to a Christmas card from Paris during the war (1944)
        April 10 - Somonka to a war letter to my father
        April 11 - Dodoitsu to an early family portrait of my mother
        April 12 - Senryu to a photo of WWII nose art 
        April 13 - Senryu to a pair of postage stamps issued in 1934
        April 14 - Somonka to a war letter to my father
        April 15 - Senryu to a photo of my mother as a child 
        April 16 - Senryu to an Easter card my grandmother sent my grandfather
        April 17 - Senryu to an Easter card my grandfather sent my grandmother
        April 18 - Tanka to a First Day Cover celebrating NATO's 10th anniversary (1959)
        April 19 - Somonka to my grandparent's wedding photo 
        April 20 - Dodoitsu to a list my grandfather made of the cars he owned

        Wednesday, April 20, 2022

        NPM 2022 - Day 20

        Today's poem is written to a list my grandfather wrote on the back of a receipt and slipped in an old calendar. It lists the cars he bought throughout his life by make and color. I really wish he had included information on the model, because I'd love to know more about that Studebaker.

        This poem is written as a pair of dodoitsu. I haven't really followed the form too well this time.  While I have (loosely) followed the pattern (a 4-line poem with a syllable count of 7-7-7-5), I have not focused on "love or work with a comical twist." The post What is a Dodoitsu? contains more information about this Japanese form.

        I hope you'll come back tomorrow and see what new inspiration I've found for a poem. Until then, you may want to read previous poems in this series. I'm also sharing these poems on my Instagram in case you want to see them all in one place. 

        April 1 - Senryu to a photo of my grandmother as a child
        April 2 - Haiku to my mother's recipe
        April 3 - Dodoitsu to a war memento
        April 4 - Choka to my mother's engagement announcement
        April 5 - Gogyohka to the receipt for my mother's engagement ring
        April 6 - Senryu to a student's drawing of my dad
        April 7 - Tanka to a photo of my grandmother and her mother by a car
        April 8 - Dodoitsu to a piece of V-mail from my great uncle 
        April 9 - Senryu to a Christmas card from Paris during the war (1944)
        April 10 - Somonka to a war letter to my father
        April 11 - Dodoitsu to an early family portrait of my mother
        April 12 - Senryu to a photo of WWII nose art 
        April 13 - Senryu to a pair of postage stamps issued in 1934
        April 14 - Somonka to a war letter to my father
        April 15 - Senryu to a photo of my mother as a child 
        April 16 - Senryu to an Easter card my grandmother sent my grandfather
        April 17 - Senryu to an Easter card my grandfather sent my grandmother
        April 18 - Tanka to a First Day Cover celebrating NATO's 10th anniversary (1959)
        April 19 - Somonka to my grandparent's wedding photo

        Tuesday, April 19, 2022

        NPM 2022 - Day 19

        Today's poem is written to my grandparent's wedding photo. Married in 1928, I'm struck by how somber the photograph is.

        This poem is written (loosely) as a somonka. The somonka is a Japanese form that consists of two tanka written in tandem. Tanka is a form of Japanese poetry that has been practiced for more than 1000 years. Tanka are composed of 31 syllables in a 5/7/5/7/7 format. Most tanka focus on nature, seasons, the discussion of strong emotions, or a single event of some significance. In a somonka, the first tanka is usually a declaration of love, with the second a response to that declaration. You can learn more about the somonka at Poetry Magnum Opus.

        I hope you'll come back tomorrow and see what new inspiration I've found for a poem. Until then, you may want to read previous poems in this series. I'm also sharing these poems on my Instagram in case you want to see them all in one place. 

        April 1 - Senryu to a photo of my grandmother as a child
        April 2 - Haiku to my mother's recipe
        April 3 - Dodoitsu to a war memento
        April 4 - Choka to my mother's engagement announcement
        April 5 - Gogyohka to the receipt for my mother's engagement ring
        April 6 - Senryu to a student's drawing of my dad
        April 7 - Tanka to a photo of my grandmother and her mother by a car
        April 8 - Dodoitsu to a piece of V-mail from my great uncle 
        April 9 - Senryu to a Christmas card from Paris during the war (1944)
        April 10 - Somonka to a war letter to my father
        April 11 - Dodoitsu to an early family portrait of my mother
        April 12 - Senryu to a photo of WWII nose art 
        April 13 - Senryu to a pair of postage stamps issued in 1934
        April 14 - Somonka to a war letter to my father
        April 15 - Senryu to a photo of my mother as a child 
        April 16 - Senryu to an Easter card my grandmother sent my grandfather
        April 17 - Senryu to an Easter card my grandfather sent my grandmother
        April 18 - Tanka to a First Day Cover celebrating NATO's 10th anniversary (1959)

        Monday, April 18, 2022

        NPM 2022 - Day 18

        Today's poem is written to a first day cover. For many years I maintained a web site on teaching with stamps. A woman found my site and offered to donate a large collection of postcards and first day covers for me to use in my teaching. I found this one while looking for covers to share in a class session. Since NATO has been in the news as of late, it seemed a fitting choice. 

        This poem is written as a tanka. A tanka is a 5-line poem with the syllable pattern 5-7-5-7-7. You can learn more about this form at The Tanka Journal.

        First Day Covers are envelopes affixed with a stamp or stamps on the first day that they are made available for sale to the public. On the first day of issue, the envelope is stamped with a postmark and cancellation indicating the date and location that the envelope was received into the postal service. You can learn more about First Day Covers at The American First Day Cover Society.

        I hope you'll come back tomorrow and see what new inspiration I've found for a poem. Until then, you may want to read previous poems in this series. I'm also sharing these poems on my Instagram in case you want to see them all in one place. 

        April 1 - Senryu to a photo of my grandmother as a child
        April 2 - Haiku to my mother's recipe
        April 3 - Dodoitsu to a war memento
        April 4 - Choka to my mother's engagement announcement
        April 5 - Gogyohka to the receipt for my mother's engagement ring
        April 6 - Senryu to a student's drawing of my dad
        April 7 - Tanka to a photo of my grandmother and her mother by a car
        April 8 - Dodoitsu to a piece of V-mail from my great uncle 
        April 9 - Senryu to a Christmas card from Paris during the war (1944)
        April 10 - Somonka to a war letter to my father
        April 11 - Dodoitsu to an early family portrait of my mother
        April 12 - Senryu to a photo of WWII nose art 
        April 13 - Senryu to a pair of postage stamps issued in 1934
        April 14 - Somonka to a war letter to my father
        April 15 - Senryu to a photo of my mother as a child 
        April 16 - Senryu to an Easter card my grandmother sent my grandfather
        April 17 - Senryu to an Easter card my grandfather sent my grandmother