City with Fireworks – NaPoWriMo 2016 – Day 14 (2) – san san Chinese poem

City with Fireworks

From a vantage point over the city.
Across the city fireworks light up the night sky,
Buildings, parks, schools lit up in a city alive.
Alive in a city, the dark lanes that scarify.
Down to the city fireworks fast tentacles dive,
And what was hidden is hidden again.
And what, the city streets, will now occupy?
Below the city, centuries with stars overlain.

Benita H. Kape © 14.4.2016

My second go at this again today. A little happier with this san san

Today’s prompt comes to us from TJ Kearney, who invites us to try a seven-line poem called a san san, which means “three three” in Chinese (It’s also a term of art in the game Go). The san san has some things in common with the tritina, including repetition and rhyme. In particular, the san san repeats, three times, each of three terms or images. The seven lines rhyme in the pattern a-b-c-a-b-d-c-d.

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San san/Small Flight & Finest – NaPoWriMo 2016 – Day 14

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San San/Small Flight & Finest

Flying in warm air flow, a languid seagull.
Opening the wing span a global range.
Drifting the skies come rain or shine;
Air flow the seagull’s flight however small.
Global range, warm flow, drift over a grange.
‘The gull sees farthest who flies highest’.
Opening flow a drifting benign
Flying and drifting a bird at his finest.

Benita H. Kape © 14.4.2016

‘The gull sees farthest who flies highest’ from Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach

And last but not least, our (optional) prompt! Today’s prompt comes to us from TJ Kearney, who invites us to try a seven-line poem called a san san, which means “three three” in Chinese (It’s also a term of art in the game Go). The san san has some things in common with the tritina, including repetition and rhyme. In particular, the san san repeats, three times, each of three terms or images. The seven lines rhyme in the pattern a-b-c-a-b-d-c-d.Seagull on Brunswick Heads

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