COLLEEN’S WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 109, HAPPY NOVEMBER – “POETS CHOICE OF WORDS”
This week Colleen has given us total freedom with a free choice of words so I thought it would be a wonderful opportunity to explore a new form of poetry too. Etheree poem…
Etheree The Etheree poem consists of ten lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 syllables. Etheree can also be reversed and written 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. The trick is to create a memorable message within the required format. Poets can get creative and write an Etheree with more than one verse, but the idea is to follow suit with an inverted syllable count. Reversed Etheree Syllable Count: 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Double Etheree Syllable Count: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10, 9, 8, 7, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
I had a wonderful walk in the Botanic Gardens in Cambridge during my lunch break and came across this beautiful tree. It was so beautiful and magical that I struggled to part with it! This Etheree is in its honour.
Transfixed am I,
Brilliant orange leaves,
Surrounding you – autumn,
Mighty Miracle Magic,
Thrilling feather-light touch of leaves,
I breath in your enchantment deeply,
Lingering in your botanic kingdom.
I walk amongst your crisp leaves marvelling,
But time calls me – I must leave too soon,
Touching your bark quickening heartbeat,
I steal a leaf feel aflame,
My feet begin moving,
But my heart stays here,
Hope you like my Etheree, I’ve never done one before. That was fun!
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