Posts Tagged ‘words’

Challenges galore…

The challenge today is to write a tanka; a poetic form similar to the haiku. Unlike the haiku, though, the tanka is pretty strict about syllables per line: 5-7-5-7-7. I took this opportunity to write about something I love – words.

some words fall out of
use, even though still needed
apricity means
warmth of the sun in winter
words like this comfort my soul


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are not
my gods
they are what
I use to
my gods
my voice
my hope
and I am

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I recently went through the standard review process at work. It was a pretty painless experience. However, something that stood out was a comment my manager wrote in the written report:

   Cate is a poet and grammarian at heart.

I couldn’t agree more.

I am in the midst of completing a six-month blog  internship at the Richard Hugo House in Seattle. So far, I am having just so much fun with it. After my initial interview, my “boss” decided to put me in charge of the “Word of the Day” feature for the RHH blog. My love affair with words goes back a long time, so I am completely in my element with this assignment.

If you get a chance, check it out. And if you’re so inclined, leave a comment. Or offer a suggestion for a new book for me to read that is replete with splendid new vocabulary words!

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…but the prompt today asked for word-related poems. And I do so love words. And haiku.

So there.

snow made of
cherry blossom petals
my tea cools

the crunch
of the gravel
my son laughs

my creativity

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