Twittering Tales: Fly, Fly Free

Twittering Tales challenge is hosted by Kat Myrman. The goal is to write a twitter-length story, in 140 characters or less. You can see the challenge HERE.

I just love this week’s image! โค And I wrote a tiny poem instead of a tale this time, it just appeared in that form in my head. XD

Fly, Fly Free

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You cannot hear the flutter
And feel the wind beneath your wings
You cannot rise from the gutter
While crawling on your hands and knees

(132 characters)

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The Full Moon

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Past comes
When the night is dark
Little memories
You thought you forgot.

Dreams avoid you
Moonlightโ€™s scarce
By your side
Lie shards of past.

But one night
Your window will show
Full moon shining
In full moon glow.

A change indeed
Comes from inside
Strength of wolves
And night vision eyes.

A new you
Now can shine
Moonlit shadows of the past
Disappear in the light.


Image courtesy of Pixabay.com

The Diamond Poem

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Image courtesy of Pixabay.com

Today, I thought it might be fun to share with you something that we do in school, with our students. By we, I mean my mentor and I, who are Croatian teachers, but it works in any language. This is a writing practice, or written expression exercise, and it’s quite simple but can give great and interesting results. It’s called the diamond poem, because the final result takes the shape of a diamond.

The task is to write a poem following these rules:

  1. First and the last line of the poem are two nouns, but of opposite meaning.
  2. Second line consists of two verbs that decribe the first noun, and the third line consists of three adjectives which describe the noun.
  3. The fourth line consists of any four words that connect the two nouns, or can be related to both.
  4. Next two lines consist of three adjectives and two verbs again, this time describing the other noun.

To make it simpler, it should look like this:

noun

verb ย verb

adjective adjective adjective

word ย  ย  ย  ย  ย word ย  ย  ย  ย  ย word ย  ย  ย  ย  ย word

adjective adjective adjective

verb ย verb

noun

Looks like a diamond, you see? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Now, here’s my try at it. I chose love and indifference as the two opposite nouns to begin and end the poem with.

love

ย embraces ย  smiles

warm ย  ย soft ย  ย changeable

passing ย  ย time ย  ย evanescent ย  ย emotion

ย  cold unexpected unstoppable

grabbs ย  ย  ย  pains

indifference

So, what do you think? Would you like to try this form?

Some thoughts on writing poetry…

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On 17th of May, 2015, I wrote my first post on this blog. Which means it’s now more than a year old! I didn’t write anything in celebration of this, but I though it’s a nice occasion to share some thoughts on something I didn’t think would be a part of this blog – poetry.

A few months ago, I posted my first attempt at writing poetry. It was more of an impulsive fit of inspiration than a real poem. I never thought I would post poetry on this blog, even after that first poem. I alyaws considered myself to be a prose writer, even though I did, occasionally, write poetry – or attempted to write it.

In my teenage years it was a vent for all the emotions that I kept inside, a way to say what I feel and what I’m going through, without actually writing a diary (which I tried several times but always got bored with it.) I liked writing this kind of personal poetry. And now, I really started to enjoy it once again, but maybe in a different way.

Now, when I write poetry, I often find myself writing from an imagined point of view, as if a fictional character is behind the written words. It does, of course, have bits of myself in it as well, and some of my poems express some of my thoughts and observations. But sometimes, it’s in a certain way similar to writing fiction. I feel the emotions of my characters, just as I feel the emotions of my lyrical subjects. Is that the influence of being more focused on writing fiction? I’m not sure. I guess I like imagining characters and their stories far too much. XD

In any case, I don’t know if my poems are any good, but I love writing them and I will definitely write more. Experimentation with all forms and topics was the idea behind this blog anyway, and I’m happy it has taken me this far. ๐Ÿ™‚