I say ‘cattail’–you say ‘bulrush’


Proud wetland flags rise
Brown fur cattails
sway with grace
blades too
breeze rustles
frog chorus hums
bulrush kingdom songs.

In response to Jane Dougherty Poetry Challenge #20: ‘Hourglass poetry’.  Hourglass is an original form designed by Jane Dougherty with syllable count: 5-4-3-2-1-2-3-4-5.

October 2015, Lemoine Point Conservation Area, Ontario, Canada


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14 thoughts on “I say ‘cattail’–you say ‘bulrush’

      1. Hmm…I imagined the sway from side to side…there you are! Have you studied poetry? I have never seen all these forms before but am thoroughly enjoying learning about them and seeing them ‘in action’.

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      2. I like your connection of the grasses swaying to the shape of the form– I see it now 🙂 I haven’t studied poetry — the different forms come from Jane Dougherty’s Poetry Challenge ( link in the post). In fact she invented the hourglass form used for the cattail poem. The other poetry challenge that I have participated in recently is hosted by The Secretkeeper and she provides a list of suggested forms with syllable counts. I never expected to be doing this when I started blogging last summer!

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