This month our challenge was to write ekphrastic dodoitsu. The dodoitsu is a Japanese poetic form of 4 lines with syllables 7/7/7/5. The dodoitsu "often focuses on love or work with a comical twist." You can learn more about this poetic from Robert Lee Brewer at Writer's Digest. Ekphrastic means we used images to inspire our poems.
We shared a number of images in our group so that we'd have a range to choose from. The image I shared was one of my dad when he was stationed in Hawaii during WWII. He loved dogs and took quite a shine to a stray and somehow managed to keep him on base. They named him "Puddles, the transportation dog." Here's the poem inspired by this image.
Kelly shared a photo of a heart chalked on a brick wall. I wrote two poems inspired by this image. (Click on the photos to enlarge.)
Would you like to try the next challenge? Next month we are writing poems inspired by or in the style of Taylor Mali. 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 April 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 Amy Ludwig VanDerwater at The Poem Farm. Happy poetry Friday friends.