alpharaposa: (Rumex writing)
Waiting for Opportunity

Opportunity knocks just once, he hears
So he writes letters but never calls,
He never leaves his place at all.
Chained to his house by his fears,
The door always in range of his ears.
He's eager to answer that mysterious call
While a cramped routine makes him a thrall.
Forever diligent, he'll wait years.

His neighbor, the fool, is often away
Putting up wires and setting up snares
And yet he seems free of cares,
Catching his business as it strays.
Opportunity knocks just once, they say,
But the hunter finds it every day.

(Both cubs are asleep at the same time, so I finished this one that had been half-done to post!)
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For [livejournal.com profile] kyetsu:

The Dragon to His Love

I branded and spoiled a thousand knights.
I devoured kingdoms in my rage.
I looted trophies in fearsome fights,
And tore from stones a worthy wage.

I've gems laden with stars like night,
I've gold and silver coins like sand.
I've glamoured weapons full of might
And robes enchanted in every strand.

So shines this ruby in this light,
It blots my lair from mortal eyes.
Its beam might even flesh ignite,
But still I scorn such paltry prize.

For I care naught for all my store.
You are my treasure; I need no more.
alpharaposa: (Rumex)
For [livejournal.com profile] settecorvi:

Caught

One night, as I but barely slept
I heard dogs bay, a dozen strong,
With rousing bugle to stir their song.
I pitied the fox, that must accept
That all the tricks of that sly adept
Won't save it from that gathered throng.
The baying hounds, relentless and strong,
Would chase no matter where it crept.

Then later searching the muddied field,
I saw signs of only two great brutes.
So I, a descendant of Pellinore,
Took up my burden, never to yield;
She bound me against all other pursuits
When the Beast denied the manticore.
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I'm still writing sonnets to the remaining prompts from so long ago!

Prompted by [livejournal.com profile] ariestess

To the ancients, the sea was a dangerous place
Full of great monsters; the kraken, the whale.
As he bent to the struggle with oar and sail,
A sailor often begged Poseidon for grace.
How pleasant it was to see a familiar face!
The playful seal that chased away fear,
Clowning about where the shore was near,
And crowning each rock with a sprawling brace.

But the sailor that smiled at sight of a seal
Oft changed his mind when he returned home.
For the wife he thought of with each empty night
Had been charmed away by the same playful zeal
And kisses that tasted of the ocean's foam.
O selkie, you stole our sailor's delight!
alpharaposa: (Rumex)
I promised myself that when I got about halfway through the poem prompts from my last Poetry Kitchen, I'd start on the third incentive: the long poem.

So, you guys get to pick the form!

I'm offering to write an ode, a ballad, or a saga.

An Ode is 30 lines. 10 lines of "on the one hand", 10 lines of "on the other hand", and 10 lines of "in conclusion". I would be sticking close to hexameter for it. Good for cyclical stories or mulling over thoughts.

A Ballad is a rhyming poem with lots of four line verses, telling a story. I would be using 8/8 or 8/6 form, so the end result should be singable. (Gilligan's Isle is written in 8/8 form. So is Amazing Grace.)

A Saga is a story written in alliterative verse, like Beowulf. 'Nuff said.

[Poll #1766379]

Feel free to suggest themes and give prompts for the poem! Please do so. I'll collect those that best fit the poem form chosen and put up another poll later. Only donors will be able to vote on the theme, but anybody can make suggestions here.
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I've finished 6 out of 13 poems from my last set of Poetry Kitchen prompts!

Prompted by [livejournal.com profile] ysabetwordsmith:

Draw boy! Aloft, to work the heddles!
'Tis time to make a brilliant brocade.
With you above, I'll tromp the treadles,
And throw by throw, the device is laid.

A line of lilies and a row of roses
Will complement the virtuous pear;
The gleam of gold slyly discloses
Every detail embroidered there.

The cloth will caress much softer skin;
Soft hands will brush the raised design
When noblemen waltz, their brides to win
With plumage embossed with art divine.

"Clothes make the man", and oh, such joy;
That delicate craft was the work of a boy!

Read the other 5 )

You can find the original prompt post here.

Incentive goodie: Me singing "The Chocolate Chip Country" here

Incentive goodie two: Read "The Young Lord's Servants"






alpharaposa: (Rumex)
Click here to listen to me singing "The Chocolate Chip Country" Format: mp3

I was using the same microphone/headset that I used to use for WoW raids, and just couldn't eliminate a bit of fuzz every time I sang a word with an 'f' in it. *sigh* It's also fairly quiet. But I think the words and tune are clear, and that's what's important.






alpharaposa: (Rumex)
Welcome to the Poetry Kitchen! Today, I'm whipping up a batch of sonnets, and will make one just for you. Simply follow the rules below:

1) Give me ingredients! Give me a prompt – a sentence, a picture, or just a bunch of random words on your mind. Please keep prompts PG13.
2) The recipe is all sonnets today, but they might be Spenserian, Shakespearean, or Italian sonnets. I promise they will all have 14 lines and rhyme.
3) One per person. Spread the word if you know somebody who would like their own creation!
4) Please share! You can reprint or link to the poem, simply give me credit and link to my journal, please.

You may tip if you wish.

If I receive $50 in tips, I will finish up a short story about the humans in the world of this poem about Dragon Samurai, and post it for all to read.
If I receive $100 in tips, I will write a long poem (ode, ballad, epic, or similar). Anybody will be able to suggest topics, but only donors will get a say (via poll) in which one I tackle!

If I have one new commenter (whether they donate or not), I will record myself singing this poem. (I've had nine new commenters since I put up the challenge.)

Requests will stay open for a day! REQUESTS CLOSED!






alpharaposa: (white horse)
For [livejournal.com profile] that_guy_zach ages ago..

Constantinople

We built this city
On eternity's blueprint;
An edifice of forever,
A monument to God,

But we live in time.
Time ate the stones;
It drank our health;
It stole our strength.

The city was of the world;
The world laid it low.
We wept at what was wrought.

All worldly things pass away.
We who mourned mere moonlight
Will inherit the sun.
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Two more poems from my last feast of poetry prompt below!

For [livejournal.com profile] anher

Something always goes wrong on the first day of school.
The rest of the year is fine, as a rule,
but something goes wrong on that first day of school.

But it has to happen, or the year is cursed.
If all goes well, then that's the worst-

It may be something large and hairy,
It may be something small and scary,
It always happens, so be wary.

Something must go wrong, so here I am
With a match in the kitchen, and grease in the pan.


For [livejournal.com profile] wyld_dandelyon

The Chocolate Chip Country

Oh won't you come with me
To the chocolate chip country?
There the marshmallow fluff birds fly
Across a hardcrack sky.

The children chase the gumdrop lights
of lightning bugs on summer nights,
And cinnamon dusts the butterfly wings
That're caught in nets of licorice strings.

Oh won't you come with me
To the chocolate chip country?
There the candyfloss flowers grow
Planted in smiles and bows.

Where every bend of a rainbow will
Yield seven flavors when distilled,
And sugar swans swim around and round
Where the taffy top cattails are found.

Oh won't you come with me
To the chocolate chip country?
There the caramel kitty-cats yawn
Snoozing in spearmint lawn.

Chocolate Chip Country turned out to be a song, so I'm making an offer. If all of you can get ten people to come read and comment who haven't commented before, I will hunt down some recording software and sing it for you. They don't have to comment on this post- I have comment notification on, so they might prefer other poetry posts or my world-building musings.
alpharaposa: (Rumex)
Having finished and edited the ode, I find that the original post is so old that most people will miss the poem! So, I'm reposting the finished poems early. I still have three more to do, and haven't forgotten.

Original post here: http://stryck.livejournal.com/773263.html

read poems! )

Still to come: poems for [livejournal.com profile] anher, [livejournal.com profile] that_guy_zach, and [livejournal.com profile] wyld_dandelyon






alpharaposa: (Rumex)
Here is your invitation to my feast of poetry! I have volunteered to cook one dish for each of you. All you have to do is ask.

The rules:
1) Give me ingredients! Either three words for a theme, or a link to an image or video. Please keep words and links PG13.
2) Give me a recipe! Tell me what kind of poem you want. It can be as simple as a rhyming couplet, or as complicated as a sonnet.
3) One per person. Spread the word if you know somebody who would like their own creation!
4) You can share! You can reprint or link to the poem, simply give me credit and link to my journal, please.

You can request a sonnet for your favorite lolcat, or a haiku for a sunset. Silly or serious. I promise to do my best.

I'm opening requests now. I may take a little while to finish these poems, but I promise to work on all of them. Please be patient - good food takes time!

New to this Feast is that I'm also able to accept tips. I will not starve if you don't tip. I will create a poem for you regardless of whether you tip or not. If you don't want to tip or don't have the funds right now, then please comment or spread the word instead! Comments give me creative fuel, and spreading the word means more suggestions come in for inspiration!







edit: requests closed, working on poems! Thank you for your requests.
alpharaposa: (Rumex)
I had only 6 requests, so here are all six haiku:

Washington D.C.
Spring brings us a festival
Sakura April

I want to be strong,
swift as wind, fierce in love, brave-
You, my exemplar

The impossible
Is my own invention, so
I can draw Muchness!

A distant bonfire
Casts its sparks across our sky.
What did you wish for?

In this bright blue vault,
Lines of distance with no nests.
But I still found you.

I see blood spatters,
Tumbled chairs, fading eye light.
My work here is done.

Go Here to see the comments and prompts.

This was a quick, fun exercise! Thank you, all who requested a poem. :)
alpharaposa: (Rumex)
Today I will prepare haikus for you! Comment with a prompt, and I will write you a haiku.

Da Rules:
1) Ingredients: Give me one or two words as a prompt, or link to a video or image you enjoy.
1a) Keep subject matter PG-13, please.
2) Recipe- all haikus today! Keeping it simple.
3) Share! You may share your poem, simply credit me and provide a link back. You can also share a link to this post to let others know about it!

Anybody is free to participate. Everybody gets one comment, so if you want to see more poetry, spread the word so that others will comment, too.

I work today, so I will start work on the haikus as soon as I can. Each haiku will be posted as a response to the comment requesting it, and I will post a round up of the bunch when I finish. I thank you for your patience.

(A bunch of haiku? A calligraphy of haiku? A contemplation of haiku? What would be the right phrase...?)
alpharaposa: (Rumex)
I have the day off today but I don't have the energy to go for a whole-hog Feast of Poetry. So I'm offering Nibbles instead. I will write a haiku or quatrain for anybody who comments.

Da rules, because there must be rules:
1) Choose a haiku or quatrain
2) Give me one or two words as inspiration
2a) Keep words PG-13
2b) You can use Proper Nouns, but try to avoid present day political subjects. Thank you! If you choose a specific person (say, Nikolai Tesla for example), please add a link just in case I don't know who that is.
3) One per person. Recommend this to friends if you want to see more!
4) You can link or reprint your poem, just credit me with it.

To start you off, here is a sample haiku:

This is a haiku.
Not a very clever one,
But still a haiku.

Edit: requests closed! Working on poems. :)
alpharaposa: (Rumex)
1) For [livejournal.com profile] djinni, something silly based on a picture of his cat.

Carnivore's Lament
I love to settle down to feast
On bird or fish or dainty beast.
Alas, this meal is far too tame;
A melon's guts aren't quite the same.

Read more... )
alpharaposa: (Rumex)
Here is your invitation to my feast of poetry! I have volunteered to cook one dish for each of you. All you have to do is ask.

The rules:
1) Give me ingredients! Either three words for a theme, or a link to an image or video. Please keep words and links PG13.
2) Give me a recipe! Tell me what kind of poem you want. It can be as simple as a rhyming couplet, or as complicated as a sonnet.
3) One per person. Spread the word if you know somebody who would like their own creation!
4) You can share! You can reprint or link to the poem, simply give me credit and link to my journal, please.

You can request a sonnet for your favorite lolcat, or a haiku for a sunset. Silly or serious. I promise to do my best.

I'm opening requests now. I won't start making poetry until tonight, when I get home. Please be patient- good food takes time.

EDIT: closing requests! So few!
alpharaposa: (Rumex)
The last two poems -

8) For [livejournal.com profile] dakiwiboid, a poem about honey, regret, and sandalwood.

Luxuries

Bread is sweet when drizzled with honey
And sandalwood incense lends to the air
A delicious savor, perfumed with comfort.Read more... )

Thank you all once again for your requests! Some of them were very hard, but I had fun.
alpharaposa: (Rumex)
The next 3 poems...

5) A memorial for Cuthbert the cat, for [livejournal.com profile] aefenglommung

No mother to tend him, but You were there.
You entrusted him into our care.
You granted us time, some years, some hours.
Though always Yours, he was, briefly, ours.

Read more... )
alpharaposa: (Rumex)
Requests are now closed. Out of 10 requests, here are the first 4-

1) For [livejournal.com profile] ninjahijinx and his drawing - http://ninjahijinx.com/wp-gallery/ekwara/sphinxetc.jpg

The Sphinx's Invocation

O giver of life above the stars,
O beacon whose warmth soothes and blesses,
I kneel to thee,
I pledge to thee,
My body to your hot caresses.

Read more... )

Thank you for your requests!

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