Praiseworthy: a poem


this cyberworld

where we write and read words

freed from still notebooks

as embers that flare,

cool, scatter, fly

to places unknown

before bedding in eternity


©️2018 Ontheland

A blurb of gratitude on the occasion of American Thanksgiving. Lorine Niedecker wrote a short poem called “As Praiseworthy” which gave me the idea to use the word…(similarity ends there).


to savour fresh air, to work, hum, take naps

thankful for love and absence of pain

for surprising rays of sunlight

that leap over dappled clouds

glinting dying colours

a simple peace this

a landing place

to choose thoughts




Many thanks to Annika Perry who recently wrote two etherees and invited others to give it a try. This is a reverse etheree with the following syllables-per-line count: 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1. Recently I told Annika that I am not doing syllabic poems these days (other than Japanese forms) but I’m finding myself going through a kind of ‘phase’ lately and thought I would give the form a try.

This weekend is Thanksgiving Weekend in Canada, with Thanksgiving Day being on Monday.

©️2018 Ontheland