A field of grass by an ugly gravel parking lot, transformed by sunlight. ©️Merril D. Smith 2020
so it flows
to earth and sea,
flaming grassy meadows,
with photons streaming, gilds a tree.
Though shadows loom below, we let them be;
pretend we do not see the coming of the night,
but live, walk, talk—and love, the apogee
of our beings—humanity
with stardust traces glows
dim. . .grow
This is a diatelle for Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday. This week she wrote:
“Let’s make this challenge truly a poet’s choice! Use any syllabic poetry form that you’d like. As long as there are syllables to count, you’re good to go! Be creative. If your form is something new, teach us how to write it. Have fun!”
I know she doesn’t normally do rhyming forms, but this is definitely syllabic, and I know Colleen likes shapes, so I hope this is OK. 😀 Mine can probably use some more work, but I’m posting it anyway.
I found the form, created by Bradley Vrooman, on Shadow Poetry.
“The Diatelle is a fun, syllable counting form like the etheree with a twist. The syllable structure of the diatelle is as follows: 1/2/3/4/6/8/10/12/10/8/6/4/3/2/1, but unlike an ethere, has a set rhyme pattern of abbcbccaccbcbba. This poetry form may be written on any subject matter and looks best center aligned in a diamond shape.”
Maybe everyone does this, but if not, maybe it’s helpful to see. I made myself a template to keep track of syllable/lines and rhymes. I do this for many forms.
b2 comes, goes
b3 so it flows
c4 to earth and sea
b6 flaming grassy meadows–
c8 with photons streaming, gild a tree
c10 though shadows loom below, we let them be,
a12 pretend we do not see the coming of the night
c10 but live, walk, talk–and love, the apogee
c8 of our beings–humanity
b6 with stardust traces glows
c4 but faintly—see?
b3 The flickers
b2 dim, grow