#NaPoWriMo 2021 Day Seven

Hummingbird and aloe bud picture by Gretchen Hosking

Flits over aloe
Tiny wings
Pulse as quick as a heartbeat
Keeping her steady

NaPoWriMo Prompt And now, for our (optional) prompt! There are many different poetic forms. Some have specific line counts, syllable counts, stresses, rhymes, or a mix-and-match of the above. Of the poetic forms that are based on syllable counts, probably the most well-known – to English speakers, at least – is the Japanese form called the haiku. But there are many other syllable-based forms. Today, I’d like to challenge you to pick from two of them – the shadorma, and the Fib.

Good afternoon and welcome to take two for #NaPoWriMo day seven. WordPress was stuck on autosave and would not let me publish. When I hit the refresh it did not save any portion of my draft. Luckily I write out my poems long hand in my poetry journal first. The only part I’m stuck writing anew is this paragraph.

I decided to try the shadorma and fell back on my favorite subject – The Hummingbird. I’ve already written poems with the Fibonacci sequence and carried the syllable count well passed eight. Here is a poem I wrote near the end of #NaPoWriMo five years ago. As you can see, the syllable count gets a little unwieldy as it grows – Verse Grows.

Well it looks like WordPress is not in an autosaving loop right now so I’m going to try and publish this in order to get on with the rest of my day. Hope to see everyone again tomorrow.

2 thoughts on “#NaPoWriMo 2021 Day Seven

  1. I had problems publishing today, too. I thought it was because my internet is too slow when every single person in the neighborhood is online. But my issue may have been with WordPress. Glad we both managed to post. Nice use of “flits.”

    • It was definitely WordPress because it kept telling me my site was under routine maintenance when I was working on the links for my first draft. Thanks for the compliment but the word flit should be credited to Disney’s Pocahontas. Such a great name for a hummingbird.

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