Old Moon, New Year
He waits by moon’s light ever crescent;
another year sizzles, then fades.
For hundreds of years he has tended
the gold key in his vintage hands.
Fire cones dance in a jeweled sky;
a crystal ball drops in Times Square.
Auld Lang Syne is the saddest of songs
for the guard of a captive moon.
MLydiaM ~ December 2011
At dVerse Poets Pub, Gay Reiser Cannon is hosting FormForAll--Couplets for the New Year. What an enchanting, instructional, and fascinating post she wrote about couplets in various forms. I am grateful on a regular basis to D'Team at dVerse for the remarkable professionalism and personal creativity and care each member gives to the different writing prompts there. What a treat it is to think of a new year full of discovery via dVerse Poets Pub!
Ms. Cannon, in her essay about couplets, described a couplet form I had never heard of before--the form I selected to try here--Crystallines. This is an excerpt: Crystallines are small poems, limited to 17 syllables, whose primary focus appears to be to match the Japanese clarity of image with the English harmony of sound. It was inspired by the Haiku and like the haiku it may be at its best when written in present tense. Any reference that can place the verse in context much like the Japanese kigo (season) or kidai (symbolic seasonal reference) is recommended.
She gave several examples of Crystallines including a Crystalline Sequence, in which each stanza in the longer piece is a Crystalline, i.e. 17 syllables. So, I wondered, can I compose a Crystalline Sequence comprised of 55 words to satisfy the requirement for a Flash Fiction 55 (works of fiction in 55 words)?
Well, I did it.......but I will never ever admit how many hours it took!
Links to more of this week's FF55s
are at Mr. KnowItAll, the G-Man.
to read couplets written by other poets at dVerse.
Have a Safe and Happy New Year.
I am looking forward to another year of blogging with all of you.