General Poetry posted August 23, 2017


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A 5-7-5 of the AMA pearl harvesters - see note

women divers of Japan

by BeasPeas

5-7-5 Contest Winner 

beneath roiling waves
women divers of Japan,
harvest lustrous pearls

 

Writing Prompt
Write a 5-7-5 poem on any subject. The only rule is to follow the 5-7-5 syllable count (first line has five syllables, second line has seven, third line has five again).

5-7-5
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The rules don't say anything about not including an author's note, so I'm adding one for this post. The AMA (pronounced amah) are "free divers" holding their breath for long periods of time. A bucket is tethered to one ankle in which they place the oysters collected from the sea. It's a dangerous and demanding job, but the women are proud of their tradition. The AMA have been doing it this way for hundreds of years in all types of sea--'roiling' (churning) and otherwise.
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