Grit

Ida is an old soul and the fiercest person I know. She was blessed with an abundance of that ‘no nonsense and why the hell not’, attitude.

Conversations this time had awakened deep feelings.

What must it be like going somewhere, and not know that feeling of sticking out like a sore thumb. Or, not having to endure the stares and the under- their- breaths mutterings.

Such feelings were never really shared out loud, they didn’t have to. They knew, being in the skin they were in. Ida too, had experienced this. On one occasion she was heard to say,

‘I didn’t know I was black till I came to America’. She would not elaborate.

But this too she tackled this with her attitude of “no, I do not weep at the world – I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife*.” This attitude had served her well; and serves her still.

Pat
7/20/21

*Zora Neale Hurston

Tailored Upheaval -Abhanga



a tailored upheaval

a noisy gathering

more than a smattering

angry chants raged

Pat
2/04/21

The elements of the Abhanga are:

  • stanzaic, written in any number of 4 line stanzas.
  • syllabic, 6-6-6-4 syllables each
  • rhymed L2 and L3 rhyme. Often internal rhyme is employed. End rhyme scheme x a a x , x being unrhymed.

I am trying this form that is new to me called the Abhanga. To read more about it or to participate over at Colleen’s blog go here.

#TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 211, #Abhanga, or #PoetsChoice

Also linked to Open Link Night over at dVerse Poets Pub where Lillian is hosting. Visit or participate here

Crippling Gray

lay me down to heal

till this crippling gray stills –

a regard for spring

sparks first tweet from window sills

no more will this sting endure

Pat R

11/12/20

Ronovan Writes where the prompt words are “First & Heal”

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For Tanka Tuesday over at Colleens where the prompt is synonyms to Imagine & Regard. I used Spark & Regard.

Tanka Tuesday

Prickly.. coneflower from my garden

tainted rhetoric

tripping past loose lips as ploy

spawning disquiet –

the rabbit hole needs some light

how will this story be told?

Pat R

10/24/20

Synonyms Only challenge using the words “MOVE & MAKE” provided by David Ellis

I used Ploy & Spawn

For Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday To participate or to read entries go here.

Awry!!

the world is upside down

what the hell is going on

your drawers is showing

your junk is exposed

nobody wants to see that part of you

put your junk back under cover

what makes your shit more important than everybody elses

what makes your cockeyed opinion more important than everybody elses

everybody has those

so stop doing crazy shit trying to put yours front and center

and get over yourself!!!!

Pat R

10/14/20