Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 180, #Poet’sChoice #Garland #Cinquain

This week I decided to share a garland cinquain. Colleen also shared a garland cinquain so I thought I’d use her example to help me write one too: https://colleenchesebro.com/2020/06/04/the-old-gods-garland-cinquain/

In Colleen’s words: ‘This poem is created with a 2/4/6/8/2 syllable count for each of the five stanzas. The last stanza is where it gets interesting. You take line one from the first stanza, line two from the second stanza, etc. until you’ve created the last refrain.

I especially like this form because it combines the brevity of syllabic poetry into a longer verse poem that tells a story.’

This is inspired by my photo of the copse of trees. My daughters and I were taking a walk during lockdown. We’d often taken this walk before but this time we stumbled upon a different pathway to the left.

It led us to:

A copse

Of trees past fields

I’ve never seen before

Like tiny balls of knitted wool

Airy

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Blue Gaps

Vast space beyond

Quiet and still the grass

My mindful feet touching the earth

Six eyes

***

Wander

Ahead, one foot

Treads to infinity

Taking our feet somewhere special

Perhaps?

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My girls

Daughters join me

Walking in the sunshine

As we move in sweet steps forward

In time

***

Waiting

For something new

A sight we haven’t seen

As we turn beyond the grasses  

New dreams

***

A copse

Vast space beyond

Treads to infinity

As we move in sweet steps forward

New dreams

© M J Mallon 2020

I hope you enjoyed the cinquain garland poem. I’ve never written one of those before. I liked how it told a story! When we drive everywhere we miss so much. It’s great to walk in nature and find little gems.

My new book is coming soon! It is currently with first draft beta readers. There may be some changes and a few more writers to add to the collection.

This Is Lockdown, is a compilation of my diaries during lockdown, plus short stories, flash fiction, and poetry.

The ‘Isolation writers’ who featured on my blog sharing their thoughts on isolation during COVID19Richard DeeAlice May, Jeannie WycherleyRitu BhathalJackie CarreiraFiona PhillipsAndrew Neary, Ceri William’sKatherine Mezzacappa, Peter Taylor-GoobyChantelle AtkinsSharon MarshiselloTracie Barton-BarrettCatherine Fearns, Lynn Fraser and Miriam V. Owen, plus poetry from Sally Cronin, Marion Wood, Debby Gies, (D G Kaye Writer,)

and Willow Willers.

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Colleen’s Poetry Challenge #Cinquain #Poetry #Challenge #VincentVanGogh #COV19 #Coronavirus

A Mirror Cinquain.

Which comprises a : Cinquain, 2 , 4, 6, 8, and Reverse Cinquain 2, 8, 6, 4, and 2

Here is my poem about the Spring Garden painting which was stolen from the Singer Laren Museum in the Netherlands on Van Gogh’s birthday.

What strikes me about this is the calculated nastiness of:

1. Stealing the painting on the artist’s birthday.

2. Particularly as Van Gogh never achieved recognition during his lifetime which was tormented by poverty, mental health problems and ultimately suicide.

3. Timing the robbery to occur on the First day of Spring.

4. When the world is in the throes of a terrible virus which is killing thousands of people. What a calculated act.

 

Vincent

Van Gogh’s birthday

Marred by show off robbers

An opportunist crime caper

So sad

 

More so

‘Cause Vincent didn’t get his dues

Virus villains stealing

Priceless Beauty

In Spring

To find out more about the robbery:

Van Gogh painting Spring Garden stolen from Dutch museum: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-52097246

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/art/news/van-gogh-spring-garden-stolen-painting-netherlands-singer-laren-a9436036.html

The link to Colleen’s blog to join in her challenges:

 https://colleenchesebro.com/2020/03/31/colleens-2020-weekly-tanka-tuesday-poetry-challenge-no-171-specificform/

What do you make of that?

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I’m thrilled to announce I am included amongst some wonderful poets in Colleen Chesebro’s poetry book store: https://colleenchesebro.com/poetry-books-for-sale/

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And 5 star review from Colleen Chesebro: February 2020 Books #AmReading

Another 5 star review from Sally Cronin: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/03/04/smorgasbord-book-reviews-poetry-and-prose-mr-sagittarius-by-m-j-mallon/

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Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Poetry Challenge #Cinquain #Poetry #5lines

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The prompt words this week are Renew and Fresh. I chose to use improve for renew and shocking for fresh.

The idea for this particular Cinquain came from a recent critique session at Cambridge writers. I’d submitted the first draft of my prologue for Book Two. Not everyone is a fan of prologues so the comments were kind of… make it shorter…. so short it would be tiny. Dare I make it a four, five line prologue?  Anyone got any advice on tiny prologues?

I wrote this Cinquain with that in mind:

Copy of Cinquain

 

 

https://colleenchesebro.com/2018/03/06/colleens-weekly-tanka-tuesday-poetry-challenge-no-74-renew-fresh-snyonymsonly/

Hope you enjoyed my Cinquain…

Happy writing!

Bye for now,

 

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That Twinkle in her Eyes is Magic

 

Buried,Two dear husbands,Five years ago they say,Holding back unspent daily tears,She sighs.

The following piece of poetry was inspired by my working as a lingerie stylist at Rigby and Peller.

It’s a Cinquain  which I discovered about on Poetry Zone.
A Cinquain has twenty-two syllables in five lines (two, four, six, eight and two).

Here’s the full poetic story:

 

That Twinkle In Her Eyes is Magic

Buried,
Two dear husbands,
Five years ago they say,
Holding back unspent daily tears,
She sighs.

It weeps,
Her loneliness,
Pressing to her breast bone,
Tender solar plexus aching,
Poor Dear.

Adjust
Her shoulder straps,
So they don’t dig so much,
It’s my job, but it’s more than that.
Much more.

Offer,
Her tea, coffee,
Water, no saccharin,
She only wants love, and lovers,
Listen.

Drinking,
Every word,
I gulp down her sweet life.
Thirst-quenching her lonely sorrow.
I see.

Her friend,
Met on a bus,
A random meeting place,
A common thread both are widows,
Both lost.

They found,
One another,
Instantly became friends,
A little lighter, the laughter,
Became.

Curtains,
New silhouette,
Her friend gasps, ‘Beautiful.’
She says it and really means it.
I smile.

Sometimes,
Words wrap heartache,
In kind tender tissue,
To keep a safe, invincible.
Parcel.

Shining,
Her reflection,
Glows with vivaciousness,
Twinkle eyed desire, magic,
Captured.

Husband,
Third time lucky,
He’s on his way to her,
Doesn’t know it yet but he is,
Old news.

Even,
If he’s younger,
He’ll not dare outlive her,
I see her living ninety plus.
Diva.

A fact,
Not a figment,
Of some kind of fiction,
Clearly have it all figured out,
No chance.

I am,
Spellbound and lost …..

In her new reflection,
The mirror shines with glowing praise.
It basks.

© Marjorie Mallon 2017 – aka, Kyrosmagica. All Rights Reserved.

Hope you like my Cinquain.

Bye for now, have a lovely Sunday.

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