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My Brady’s Touch Poem – Challenging Poetry


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Brady’s Touch Poem Challenging Poetry

Most poetry is written from the heart 
Not sure it’s eternal graffiti
because poets are real artists
Some graffiti is beautiful

Indifference is the state of art
it is like calling someone sweetie
Poetry gives us love, we harvest
Sometimes it is not suitable

Brady’s Touch – a decastich (10-line poem) created by Maryann Merryweather-Travis on November 2006, in honor of Allen Brady.

  • It is made of 2 quintets (5-line stanzas) with a specific rhyme and syllabic count.
  • Line length: Each stanza follows the same pattern of 9-9-8-8-2 syllables.
  • Rhyme scheme: abxcd abxcd
  • Thus the second stanza is an exact replica of the first stanza in terms of line length and rhyme. The poem really has a nice sound, with the rhyming sounds being so far apart from each other.

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Double Tetractys Poetry – Wasting My Time


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Double Tetractys Poetry – Wasting My Time 


I like

sitting down

reading poetry

it’s the place I willingly love to be

poetry is my passion in retirement

if it’s wasted

it’s my time

to waste


Double Tetractys is a decastitch (10-line stanza) with an emphasis on the syllabic count of each line.

  • Syllabic count: 1-2-3-4-10-10-4-3-2-1
  • It should express a complete thought and may be on any theme and express any mood.
  • Rhyme is optional.

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English Tanka Poetry – Feelings of Autumn


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English Tanka Poetry – Feelings of Autumn


early autumn sun

shining through the distant mist

throwing dark shadows

in harmony with the air

living in dreamland again

English Tanka Poetry – a Verse that consists of five units, usually in the following pattern of 5-7-5-7-7 which is syllables.

What is a syllable?

  1. a unit of pronunciation having one vowel sound, with or without surrounding consonants, forming the whole or a part of a word; for example, there are two syllables in water and three in inferno.

The first three lines (5/7/5) are the upper phase. This upper stage is where you create an image in your reader’s mind.

The last two lines (7/7) of a Tanka poem are called the lower phase. The final two lines should express the poet’s ideas about the image that was created in the three lines above.

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Sonnet Poem – Key to My Heart


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Sonnet Poem – Key to My Heart

My beloved, you hold the key to my heart

The path of true love is never give up

Love is deep and simple yet complicated.

Through thick and thin you were always there for me


I never locked the door to my heart

Even on the darkest days and nights

That key you hold still unlocks my heart

Our hearts live as one locked together forever


Fifty-nine years of marriage untold bliss

Never to be locked from each other ever

When that day comes when we say goodbye

We will make our way to heaven with peace


Locked in each other arms to rest in accord

With the key that lasts forever in my heart.

Copyright © 2019 Elsie Hagley

A Sonnet is a poem written in fourteen lines with each line usually having ten syllables. There are various rhyming options for sonnets.  Shakespeare used the rhyming pattern: ABAB CDCD EDED GG. Look up Sonnet if you need help and come up with your own fourteen line poem”.

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Early in the Morning

Early in the Morning

The silence just before dawn

pause and enjoy the moment

sharpness of an early morning

quietly piercing the inner soul

every day dawn is different

listen carefully, not a sound

beautiful wonderful feeling

let it wrap around the body

slight mist on the steep hills

fog rising from the still river

no distractions joy and peace

tranquility is a real blessing

fragrance from the garden

some a little smelly, mildew

sweet smell of honeysuckle

as the sun starts to warm up

the environment preserved

a few moments of quietness

deep within the now quiescent

intimacy of my still warm body

spiritual moment,

body filled with confidence.

Copyright © 2018 Elsie Hagley – aka kiwinana

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A Walk Around the Lake

A Walk Around the Lake

With the mind silent while approaching the marshlands,
there seemed to be a little magic all around in the air, 
standing beside me, bright eyes sparkling down at me,
was the man that has walked beside me for sixty years.

The sun was sinking casting a shadow across the lake
if only we were a generation younger and more active,
magic was still there, that we had felt for so many years.
Mindfulness came, playing full attention to the setting sun.

The language of the lake was seeping into my body and soul
as a black swan slowing swam by, not even noticing us,
the scent of the colourful wild flowers slowly disappeared
as the night air floated in and the stars started to appear.

The calmness of the lake flowed through my veins and heart,
peace was all around me, as we made our way back home.
The lake was starting to look very dark and dangerous,
safe, hands clasped together, our love was felt as one.

Free Form is free from both meter and rhyme. It is free from the limitations of verse poetry.

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The Blitz Poetry Form – Thanksgiving Blessings

#The Blitz Poetry Form – Thanksgiving Blessings

Rejoice for Thanksgiving

Joys of thanksgiving

Joys of giving

Giving thanks

Giving pleasure

Pleasure enjoyed

Pleasure shared

Shared freely

Shared in rejoicing

Rejoicing loudly

Rejoicing with emotion

Emotion and prayer

Emotion and thanks

Thanks to god

Thanks to the land

Land with rich soil

Land and water

Water given freely

Water promoting growth

Growth helped with the sun

Growth  and labour

Labour tilling weeds

Labour harvesting

Harvesting the grain

Harvesting then rest

Rest and prayer

Rest and contribution

Contribution to the poor

Contribution to our God

God of love

God of patience

Patience to all

Patience and joy

Joy to live

Joy to the earth

Earth  and light

Earth and heaven

Heaven and the stars

Heaven and the moon

Moon shining bright

Moon preparing

Preparing for a new day

Preparing for a new season

Season to plant

Season to harvest

Harvest for another year

Harvest and survival

Survival and blessings

Survival and opportunity



The Blitz Poem, a poetry form created by Robert Keim.

This form of poetry is a stream of short phrases and images with repetition and rapid flow. 

Begin with one short phrase, it can be a cliche. Begin the next line with another phrase that begins with the same first word as line 1. The first 48 lines should be short, but at least two words.

The third and fourth lines are phrases that begin with the last word of the 2nd phrase, the 5th and 6th lines begin with the last word of the 4th line, and so on, continuing, with each subsequent pair beginning with the last word of the line above them, which establishes a pattern of repetition. 

Continue for 48 total lines with this pattern, And then the last two lines repeat the last word of line 48, then the last word of line 47.

The title must be only three words, with some sort of preposition or conjunction joining the first word from the third line to the first word from the 47th line, in that order.

There should be no punctuation. When reading a BLITZ, it is read very quickly, pausing only to breathe.

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Carpe Diem #1548 orchids (ran) (Troiku)

Carpe Diem #1548 Orchids (ran) (Troiku

Chevrefeuille asks us to create a haiku, tanka or other kind of Japanese poetry themed orchids (ran)

My choice is the Troiku Poem

 samourai warrior

enchanted by the beauty of orchids

bows his head in praise

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Orchid Troiku Poem

samourai warrior

main weapon, symbol, the sword

admires a orchid

enchanted by the beauty of orchids

with self discipline

touches it gently

bows his head in praise

then with meaningful action

gently picks it up

What is is Troiku Poem? Carpe Diem invented the Troiku, it is three haiku, with each of the three lines from a suggested haiku as the first line of each haiku in the troiku. It’s not always possible to have a 5-7-5 format in the second haiku, due to the limitations of the suggested haiku.

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Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #59 Troiku – Autumn Scents

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #59 Troiku – Autumn Scents

Carpe Diem Haiku Poem

the scent of autumn

that sweet smell of decaying leaves –

after the rain – stronger

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Troiku Poem

the scent of autumn

with twilight lingering on

drifts around the woods

that sweet smell of decaying leaves

moss covered birch trees

beauty of nature

after rain – stronger

smells fill the cooling crisp air

with the gentle breeze

Copyright © 2018 Elsie Hagley

Troiku – Carpe Diem invented the Troiku, it is three haiku, with each of the three lines from a suggested haiku as the first line of each haiku in the troiku. It’s not always possible to have a 5-7-5 format in the second haiku, due to the limitations of the suggested haiku.

Don’t know what a Haiku poem is, it is a unrhymed Japanese verse consisting of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables (5, 7, 5) or 17 syllables in all.

It is created by a vision, and paints a mental image in the reader’s mind.

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Spring Flowers Tanka Poetry

Spring Flowers – Tanka Poetry


magnolia beauty

colours from bright pink to white

sign spring has arrived

leaves make a mess in autumn

now its a beautiful scene


pleasure to be seen

tulips are natures beauty

spring is here for sure

just loving the winter thaw

feeling healthy in my soul


struggling through cold ground

bringing fragile beauty up

delicate colours

giving me a beaming smile

that will last the whole day through


beauty in a flower

nature provides warmth for growth

iris life is short

its wonderful seeing them

enjoy before they are gone


always nice to see

a happy field of snowdrops

waving smiling face

in the gentle frosty breeze

waiting for me to pick them

Viola’s first Pansy in Spring

delicate pansy

viola first one in spring

soft easy damaged

face breaking out in a smile

happy to see such beauty

Cherry Blossom

its fragile beauty

cherry blossom features spring

sign winter has gone

the bees are in an abundance

singing in the gentle breeze

If you would like to write a Tanka Poem, here is a link to help you.

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