Romance Poetry posted April 14, 2018

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Why Stars Shimmer

by michaelcahill

Sedoka Contest Winner 

The sun's warmth freefalls,
and everyone is blushing
as we playfully sword dance.

But passion's private--
When the moon winks in the night,
the sun envies our firestorm.



Writing Prompt
The Sedoka is an unrhymed poem made up of two three-line katauta with the following syllable counts: 5/7/7, 5/7/7. A Sedoka, pair of katauta as a single poem, may address the same subject from differing perspectives.

A katauta is an unrhymed three-line poem the following syllable counts: 5/7/7.

Example #1:
War Path

Fractured wanderer
leaving a tortured city,
hammocked insecurely.

Quenched of thirst for blood,
he may now respect beauty,
unappreciated 'fore.

Copyright © 2003 Christian Ugalde

Example #2:
Disturbing Raven

Dark clouds cloak the night;
chilly winds creak gnarled branches,
grasping as bony fingers.

Disturbed Raven squawks
at frightened children - screaming,
then laughing - they throw him treats.

Copyright © 2004 James Dean Chase

Example #3:
October 31st

Ghosties and goblins
Witches, black cats and broomsticks,
All Hallows Eve comes tonight.

Children coming by
arms out calling trick or treat
Hall-o-ween ghosts and goblins.

Copyright © 2004 Marion Gibson

Contest Winner

Sword Dance - One of the three chief English dances of Medieval times. It was a ritualistic and ceremonial drama danced by men with swords and elaborate costumes while parading through the streets. It depicted the death of the old year, of Winter, and of scarcity. It heralded in the New Year, with hope of Spring and plenty. To symbolize the death of Winter, someone must always "die" and be brought to life again as a portrayal of death and resurrection.

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