Nightwrite II

I couldn't sleep
so wrote instead
to get the words
out from my head
The night was hot
the air was still
and slumber failed
completely 'til
the early hours
and cooler times
when I had written
all my lines

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Photo – Jempics

Jemaiku #1

Syllabic sequence crafted
something that I love
for poetic syntax here
in verse to cherish
and to capture life's essence
in just a few words

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Photo – Jempics

I have long held a deep admiration, respect and fascination with the ancient art of both Japanese and Haitian poetry; specific syllabic sequencing to form short thematic poems. Some for purpose, some for pleasure, some for the simple joy of words. So I thought I’d develop my own, and here’s the first. I’ve called it ‘Jemaiku’ (Pro: “jem-eye-coo”), a six-line non-rhyming stanza with a syllabic sequence of 7, 5, 7, 5, 7, 5.

Something Jack said

"Are you still writing each day"
Jack said and I grinned
for when wouldn't I
like the blow of the wind
For winds are like breathing
I need them to live
and craft them to lines
the syntax to give
The writing my solace
my 'raison d'être'
and the rest you all know
with my poems right there

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Photo – Jempics

In my room

In my room of a morning
when all around's still
and the world's waking up
and the birdsong is shrill
I can find inspiration
in the solitude here
to write words of wisdom
erudite and clear
and craft them to lines
to retain for a while
and maybe to publish
with the curl of a smile

For my room has that presence
for comfort of mind
a place I relax in
and often unwind
somewhere to play games
and to listen to sounds
from my music quite loudly
when no-one's around
And somewhere to write
crafting words as they come
til the syntax is ready
and the poem is done

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Photo – Jempics

New book, nice pen

I have a new book
to write poems in
It'll last me three months or so
as I scribble away
writing words by the day
to capture what life has to show

And I have a nice pen
which does well for me
so I ensure I have refills to spare
as although contribution
it's no substitution
to write with a pen with no care

For it's all about flow
and a passion for life
and the things that I see around me
so with each iteration
from that inspiration
my words when they're crafted set free

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Photo – Jempics

Tri-Tanka I (tanka)

To start this series
in thirty-one syllables
Japanese Tanka
A short song to bring you joy
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So here are first lines
Crafted by the poet’s hand
Found and captured here
To form and syntax structured
Voicing life in five short lines

And I play with words
Crafting here my poetry
for you the reader
To take, ponder and reflect
for life’s many bright moments

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Tanka – Japanese 31 syllable poem of 5 lines with a syllabic sequence of 5-7-5-7-7

Of Writers and Readers I

Part 1 of 3

Cathartic the writing
the pen to the page
Words from the poet
the seer and sage
To capture life’s moments
like a photograph here
And bring to the reader
a little more cheer

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Photo – from #Jemverse on instagram, September 2018 – Jempics

The Poet’s Voice III

3 of 3

This inspiration
found in life and echoed here
Clear, the Poet’s Voice

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Photo & background artwork – from #Jemverse on instagram, August 2018 – Jempics

The Poet’s Voice

1 of 3

Scattered I find them
Craft and mould to syntax found
Words to poet’s voice

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Photo & background artwork – from #Jemverse on instagram, August 2018 – Jempics

Stars III

Yellow, I see them
and myriad colours more
Jewels in the night sky

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Photo – from #Jemverse on Instagram (August 2018) – Jempics

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