Hungry but not starved she hurried toward the village chest heaving breathing in the familiar scent she knew she was home at last.
—by Carla Jeanne Picklo Jordan
This form is called a tanka. “The tanka is a thirty-one-syllable poem, traditionally written in a single unbroken line. A form of waka, Japanese song or verse, tanka translates as “short song,” and is better known in its five-line, 5/7/5/7/7 syllable count form.”
This week the prompt was to do a poem on the theme of EXPLORATION. The prompt came in the form of an attached photo. I included the photo attached to the prompt in this blogpost.
In my own self-driven way, I added a form I have never used. Today’s form is the huitain. The huitain is actually a derivative of the French ballade. In fact, it is a complete 8-line poem composed of one ballade stanza.
Here are the guidelines for the huitain: * 8-line stanza * ababbcbc rhyme scheme * Usually 8 to 10 syllables per line
The Old Compass
Like a friend who’s never wavered, the old compass felt good in hand with a weight I’d always favored when facing a distant wasteland. I knew my way was firmly planned—- no worries sprang up in my head about troubles I would withstand—- for soon I’d be safe in my bed.