A Laugh Wings

A laugh wings–
flies through memories and
dreams. Sings like a mockingbird, repeats
again, imprinted in our minds, within our genes–
well, who’s to say? We remember a
glance, words said—heart-haunted—
we grasp, hold.

For Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday, I’m trying a triquain, a form I found on Shadow Poetry. “The Triquain, created by Shelley A. Cephas, is a poem with several creative variences and can be a rhyming or non-rhyming verse. The simpliest form is a poem made up of 7 lines with 3, 6, 9, 12, 9, 6, and 3 syllables in this order.” [Misspellings in original.]

My Mom had the best laugh.

I’m also linking this to dVerse, Open Link Night, where Grace is hosting.

61 thoughts on “A Laugh Wings

  1. “A laugh wings-” ❤️ What an utterly stupendous image this is, Merril! I agree, it does fly through one’s memories. 🙂

  2. How important a laugh is. I love the thought of a laugh having wings, flying into our memories and dreams. I can tell by the photo how great a laugh your mom had. May it always remain in your memory. ❤

  3. Wow, wow, wow! I am stunned. This has such beautiful vibrancy in this poem, and the imagery is gorgeous. Laughter is so powerful and important–you communicate that well in this poem. Beautifully written!

    • Aww–thank you so much, Lucy. I love your enthusiasm! In my mom’s last few years, her laugh became something that we really talked about a lot because sometimes she would laugh and couldn’t stop, and then we’d all be laughing. 😀

    • Thank you very much, Jill. I really like this photo, too. I stole it from my younger daughter’s FB page. 😏
      This week was “Poet’s Choice” for Colleen’s challenge, so I decided to try something new, but for her challenges, you can only write syllabic poetry.

  4. I can see where a loved one’s laugh imprints on us. Nice form for the subject, which felt light and airy as you told your story. Your mom looks like she has a joie de vivre in your photo. Great shot!

  5. Such a poignant, ‘heart-haunted’ poem, Merril. I like this form and would like to give it a try some time. You’re so right about laughs – they are like birds, all so different and memorable. I can still hear my mum’s – other people say they can hear her in mine.

    • Thank you so much, Kim.
      I think I’ll definitely try this form again–there’s a lot to work with.
      How lovely that your laugh reminds others of your mom. My husband apparently has many mannerisms of his maternal grandfather.

  6. Your mother’s photo is frame-able, in my opinion. I keep a photo of my mother beside the TV, and I often say “Hi” or “Thank you” to her as I come in from the patio.

    You’ve done a great job with the triquain, much too complicated for me. I guess I’ll stick with haiku. The photo made me smile.

    • Thank you very much, Marian. I think my younger daughter took the photo–I “stole” it from her FB page. 😏 It makes me smile, too.
      This form really wasn’t complicated. I think a haiku is much harder to write–so many rules for three lines. I really struggle with them!

  7. Merril, you know that look one of your children gives you that looks just like the way your mom or dad used to look… that’s what your words captured here. It is in the genes! I get goosebumps thinking about it! A magical and touching tribute to your lovely mother. The Triquain is another interesting form. I’d like to add some more American syllabic forms later this year. I’ve added it to my list. ❤

    • Thank you so much, Colleen. I’m so pleased that I touched something in you. ❤️ I hadn’t thought about it quite that way, but I definitely know what you mean.

      I would definitely try this form again. It’s syllabic, but flexible, like a shadorma, where you can have lines run on and include a bit of rhythm to your words.

      • I like the flow, as well. The flexibility is helpful as some of the Japanese forms are so structured. I love that about them, but it’s nice to have some flexibility. I do want to add a few more American-ish forms after the first of the year. Even one with a rhyming scheme! 😀 ❤

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