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Monday Sparks — Writing Prompts

vintagew-1151776_1280I had never heard of tanka, a form of Japanese poetry, until I read this article on Almost an Author. It is a five-line poem, the first three containing the same syllables as haiku: 1st line — five, 2nd line — seven, 3rd line — five. The fourth and fifth lines of a tanka poem each contain seven syllables. The author notes that the themes in tanka are more varied than haiku, which concerns nature. As an exercise, the author recommends write “a haiku first and then” add “the last two lines as reflection on your subject.”

So I’ve tried it with the haiku I posted in last Monday’s Sparks.

In April. the sky

Cries. Out of anger? Sadness?

The earth send flowers.

Now I’ll add two more lines of seven syllables and turn it into a tanka.

All tears are worth their price if

Kindness and compassion grows.

Share your tanka below!

Monday Sparks — Writing Prompts

narcisw1-683560_1280Applying the idea of writing small to my prompt, I thought of a haiku for the season. I love haiku. I was introduced to this poetic form when I was in sixth grade. I use it as a snapshot — trying to capture a vivid image in seventeen syllables. If you aren’t familiar with haiku, it is a three line poem, usually concerning nature. The first line is five syllables, the second is seven, and the third is five.

Please share in the comments below if this spark sets your creativity on fire!

Here’s mine:

In April. the sky

Cries. Out of anger? Sadness?

The earth send flowers.

Monday Sparks — Writing Prompts

narrativenp-794978_1280To celebrate National Poetry Month, most of the posts this month will be about poetry. To learn more about how to celebrate, check out the site for National Poetry Month.

Your spark is to share any poem you have written. Here’s mine. It’s a haiku that a character in my novel writes.

The rain pours and pours

So nobody sees the tears

Pour into the mud.

Please share a poem of your own in the comments below. Enjoy!

 

 

Monday Sparks — Writing Prompts

coldw1284028_1280This first snow of winter always stirs emotions in people — some good, some bad, or somewhere in between. Here’s my haiku about how it makes me feel.

A few flakes drift down.

I’m six again, and the world

Is filled with magic.

 

Share if inspired!

Monday Sparks — Writing prompts

autumn haikuWrite a haiku about something happening in nature right now.

Scratches on the sky,

Bare limbs mar the clearest blue

This side of heaven.

 

Share if inspired!

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