NaPoWriMo Day 16


Paper airplanes flown
into fire. Private words burn
turn to ash are blown

away. Unconcern
they are never to be read
kept private, words burn

Written secrets shed
lifelong yearnings, up in smoke
never to be read

Paper meant to stoke
the fire’s flame does not inspire
yearnings up in smoke

Unknown desire
set free without rejection
flame does not inspire

Her quiet introspection
set free without rejection.
Paper airplanes flown
turn to ash are blown ~

Private words burn

Private words burn

NaPoWriMo Prompt – And now for our (as always, optional) prompt! Today, I challenge you to write in the form known as the terzanelle. A hybrid of the villanelle and terza rima, terzanelles consist of five three-line stanzas and a concluding quatrain. Lines and rhymes are chained throughout the poem, so that the middle line of each triplet is repeated as the last line of the following triplet (or, for the last triplet, in the concluding quatrain).

I modified the three line stanzas into haiku the rhyme remained the same even though the line was altered from seven to five syllables. The idea came when I saw one of my haiku was included in @itsWanda NaPoWriMo per diem under day 13. Not sure if expanding it into a terzanelle really works but it was an interesting exercise.

I got rid of my houseguests. My mother-in-law was able to close on the house yesterday. One reason I was able to play around with this prompt even more today. We will probably be over there this weekend to help her move the items put in storage when she came up at Thanksgiving and of course the lowly washing machine sitting useless in my living room still. Today they are unpacking the trucks driven over last weekend. Happy something is swinging in the right direction.


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