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.
That’s an incredible poem, Merril! I absolutely love it!
Yvette M Calleiro 🙂
Thank you so much, Yvette! 😊
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. 🙂
Oh, well. I didn’t send it in until the 19th. I might try next month, but I’ll have to be quicker 🙂
Perfect and I really like it 💜
Oh, thank you so much, Willow! 💙
Well I really did 💜
That is just beautiful ❤️
Thank you so much! 💙
This is so beautiful (and Oracle-like). And Redon, of course. (K)
Thank you very much, Kerfe!
I thought this had a Shakespearean feel to it–and it really is oracular!
Thank you very much, Liz!
You’re welcome, Merril!
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.
Thank you, Luanne!
I just made up mini Shakespearean sonnet to describe what I was doing here. 😊 Colleen didn’t seem to demand other rules for form in this one, except that it have one of those syllable counts, so I went for something different.
Yeah I like it.
Thank you again. 😊
Really, really well done.
Thank you so much, Derrick!
I love this so much, Merril. This is “the” oracle. You’ve defined this divine force. (I didn’t use pronouns). I’m not sure we can define the oracle in that way.
Thank you very much, Colleen. 💙
You’re welcome, Merril.
Simply lovely! ❤
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.
Thank you so much, Resa!
And thank you for checking out other poems. 😊
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!
Thank you so much, Dale!
I appreciate both that you like the poem and that you’re taking the time to read past posts. 💙
I was doing so well, for a while, there!! 🧡
It’s so hard to keep up. I know! 💙
It’s crazy! 🧡
Really like the format of plea/call and the response at the end. Any more than that (response) is asking too much. Nicely done!
Thank you so much, Lisa! I’m so pleased you felt and understand that.
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