In symbols, clustered stars, far meaning hides
In poems, wordless messages reside
literal sense afloat or cast aside—
And sometimes words and form together glide
In serendipity gates open wide.
This is my response to Jane Dougherty’s 50th Poetry Challenge: ‘Fifty’. She will be taking a break from hosting challenges for a while. I would like to express my profound gratitude for the challenges she has offered. For me it was a weekly writing workshop, an opportunity to learn and experiment with aspects of form I would not have tackled on my own.
The form proposed for this week is called a ‘Fifty’: five lines of 10 syllables each. Each line must rhyme. Combining a long syllable count with rhyme requirements was by no means effortless for me. My topic was partly inspired by the image provided with the challenge, but as the poem is not about the image I have not shown it here.