A letter from the past washed ashore,
Bottled up feelings hidden for years,
Trapped in the isolated island of emotions,
He penned the last of his sane notions.
Her shawl flew above soaring winds,
Clambering to catch the chance that slipped,
Waiting for the love that never returned,
Inside her heart only sadness burned.
A glint buried in sands caught her eye,
Unraveled the message that finally arrived,
Relief of his news answered her broken heart,
Gripped with loss again she is forever scarred.
Finally I’ve made it!! I’ve reached the end of Writing 201 and to conclude it, the editors have came up with the famous poetry form “Sonnet”. I remembered studying Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18 during high school but sadly they didn’t teach poetry as in depth as they do here.
The last day’s theme is Pleasure, in the form of Sonnet using poetic device Apostrophe.
Fill the halls, dim the lights!
Dear musician, can you hear me?
The moment has arrived, set your mind free
As I tune the note, correct to right
On the music sheet is where you set your sight
The score starts in B minor key
The conductor now comes on stage, can you see?
Calm your nerves, let your music take flight!
There goes the notes, page by page
Magic baton in his hands, rise and fall
Everyone is a star on stage
Dear audience, are you enthralled?
Begins like the river it raged
And it ends like a calm after squall
A little note on practice : This is the rhyming form I used : a b b a a b b a c d c d c d
I was inspired by watching the piano concerto video of the recently crowned winner of the 17th International Chopin Competition — Seong Jin Cho.
Here’s my take on Day 9’s theme Cold, in the form of Concrete Poetry (poetry playing with shapes of words) using poetic device Anaphora/Epistrophe.
Billowing smoke rises from
Chimney of every homely houses
Ringing of bells, she heard it
Ringing of bells, he heard it
Holding onto each other
Embracing each other
Is all they need to
Thanks to the encouragement of my readers, I shall finish Writing 201 by this week. Here’s my take on Day 8’s theme Flavor, in the form of Elegy using poetic device Enumeratio.
Time Will Tell
At the slips of my finger I let you go
Not that I won’t catch you but I couldn’t
Into unknown future I don’t know
Leaving sadness behind only left torment
Days and months gone by
May, June, July and August
Not able to show even a single goodbye
Not a day went by without pain strongest
Every night I can taste the flavour of my tears
Sobbing gently afraid I would break again my broken heart
Did it mean nothing to you all those years?
What we built was beyond repair and fallen apart
They said time will heal
I wish for memories that have never been
Only time will tell
Seconds, minutes, hours, days until I get over you
Uh oh~ Writing 201 has officially ended last Friday but I’m still at Day 7’s task with the theme Neighbourhood, in the form of Ballad using poetic device Assonance.
On a perfect morning perfect day
Not a single worry come my way
Open my eyes embrace today
Happy is the word I will say
My colour pencils sprawl over the table
I forgot to water the flowers, still it’s blooming
Birds sing tunes from nature’s fable
I remember it’s a day worth celebrating
My painting against the window
Half complete half incomplete
Overlooking the streets below
Inspiration I draw from hustle feet
Today’s a day to live up and be counted
Bliss in mind, lightness in heart I step out
In this city I stroll ever so passionate
Explore little things in life that I missed out
A little note on practice : Can’t think of any powerful message to convey in a ballad, so I write about simple things in life 🙂
This is Day 6’s task with the theme Faces, in the form of Found Poetry using poetic device Chiasmus.
Turn, turn, merry-go-round
This melody’s started
There’s no stopping now
We’re destined for
That golden day
A love vacation
Rainy afternoon, go out to town
Wonderin’ which way I should go
Who gave me an umbrella
For the rain in my heart
There’s no gap between me and you
Breathtakingly sweet kisses
Dark of night, night of dark
We’ll find peace
Keepin’ the faith will be
Right on track
Don’t go lookin’ back
In the past
We’re destined for
A brighter way
A love vacation
A little note on practice : I enjoyed creating this found poetry, there are so many beautiful lyrics I wanted to share. To create this I’ve extracted lyrics from two of my favourite Japanese drama songs and modified them a little — La La La Love Song by Kubota Toshinobu and Long Vacation by Anne McMurphy.
Here comes Day 5’s task with the theme Map, in the form of Ode using poetic device Metaphor.
Ode to Final Fantasy
The year when uncertainty hung in the air
Was the year a new world opened up
A wonderful black box saved my life in despair
Came to untie my confusing life in knots
Immersing myself in the land too beautiful to exist
Laugh and cry together with the characters
Walk through the story to proceed a little further
Unraveling my destiny shrouded in mist
Mapping my life out courses chartered
That is a year I would always miss, forever.
A little note on practice : I guess it’s good enough to come up with one stanza, a completely new genre to me. If I have time, I shall revisit to finish with the complete form 🙂
Had a busy schedule last week and I’m falling behind on Writing 201 😳
Trying to catch up so this is Day 4’s task with the theme Imperfect, in the form of Limerick using poetic device Enjambment.
I better be scared cos I think
My cat is plotting something
Her eyes follow my every single move
Wait… Is that a glint of evil look?
I am not perfectly sure.
A little note on practice : I’m thoroughly bad at writing funny or humourous poems 😦 And I struggle to make that final line a punch~ Any comment is most appreciated, thank you~