The Oracle

Odilon Redon, “Closed Eyes”

The Oracle

Oh, call the wind from ocean’s face, and let
return the sun. What comes from this? You see
ahead—to tease with riddles till we’re spent,
confound, confuse, and yet, what is to be?
Long life, some grace, please tell my fate tonight–
Embrace the sight, these rays of dawn’s first light.

For Tanka Tuesday, Colleen asked us to write an acrostic poem using her choice of words and with lines of 8, 9, or 10 syllables. I chose Oracle (of course). I decided to write mine in the style of a sort of mini- Shakespearean sonnet: 10 syllables, an attempt at iambic pentameter, and rhyme scheme of ABABCC.

40 thoughts on “The Oracle

  1. Well done, you! I am attracted to this kind of challenge. It’s like figuring out a puzzle in words. By the way, did you know you’re published in Visual Verse this month? You need to brag about that poem!

    I was checking VV this morning. I had submitted a piece, but I think I submitted it too late. Still, my fingers are crossed since they have only 55 pieces published, and they usually have 100 🙂

    • Thank you so much, Marie!
      This one really was a puzzle, and I kept changing it and trying to make it work.

      Thank you, too, for letting me know about VV. The last time I checked they only had 30 poems up. Yours might still make it, if you got it in before the 15th. Last month, mine didn’t make it, and I thought it was better than the one I wrote for this one. 🙂

  2. Very well done. First I’ve heard of a mini Shakespearean sonnet! Very imaginative. And I guess blank verse is a sort of syllabic poetry. Never thought of it that way.

  3. Amazing.
    You have poetically described Oracle.

    It’s like one poem leads into another, now that you have me reading and looking.
    Of course, I’m working backwards, like elcarO.

  4. I cannot tell you how much I love this one! Beautiful!
    Like Resa, I’m obviously working backwards, trying to tackle my overflowing inbox! I am supposed to be in the garden!

  5. Pingback: #TankaTuesday Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 322, 5/30/2023: Spirit Animal Poetry – Word Craft Poetry

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