Monday, February 23, 2015

WHISPERS’ SPECIAL ACTIVITY--FORM-SEPTIMAL

Brian Strand, an accomplished writer, generously offered to be the activity editor for another wonderful opportunity for writers.  He invited poets to explore his Septimal form.  The criteria for the form follows--

The Septimal is a three line poem in seven syllables 3:3:1 (or 1:3:3) with an integral title on the theme. Irony, parody and humor are often underlying features.

I would like to thank Brian for selecting these poems for publication and all the contributors that participated in this activity.  It is a growing experience to try new things and a pleasure to see so many wonderful poems below.  I hope you enjoy them.

                                            --Karen O’Leary, Whispers’ Editor


Father’s Cane by Robert Poulin

in my hand
I feel his
grip
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Imp Poetry by Ralph Stott

The
devil’s in
the detail
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Blue Planet by Rick Parise

Perfect sphere-
imperfect
world
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The Night was so Cold by Sara Kendrick

The hound dog
curled by the
fire
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Another Last Chance by Barbara Tate

hunter's moon
the lone wolf
stalks
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Come Closer by Brian Strand

was Seurat
making a
point
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Cheaper by the Dozen by Charlene McCutcheon

Parenthood
planning for
twelve
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Glitter Heels by Peggy Dugan French

how i miss
the click and
clack
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Emergency by Beth Winchcombe

nines
dial for an
ambulance
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Ferlemanism by Rebecca Ferleman

Hubby and
two twin kids
dog
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Rush Hour by Rick Parise

Racing thoughts-
stalled traffic
crawls
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Sightseeing Trip by Elizabeth Howard

Old Smoky
covered in
fog
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Long Term by Jim Teeters

Want
to keep you
forever
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Painted Ladies by Karen O’Leary

Historic
homes with quaint
charm
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Cake by Joe Maverick

Eggs breaking
white and gold..
make..
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Young McDonald by Ralph Stott

One
day he will
own a farm
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Weed Flowers by Robert Poulin

they don't know
no one loves
them
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Two Golden Rings by Barbara Tate

honeymoon
midnight rain
stops
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Iceberg by Rick Parise

Sinking boat-
killer shark
smiles
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Their Twitter Account by Ralph Stott

They
soon made a
# of it
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Conceptual Art by Brian Strand

Ideas
beyond my
ken
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30 comments:

  1. left out

    monitor
    on fritz, then
    died

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    1. Dear Joan,

      Good one! I can really relate to this one. Computer problems are so frustrating. And they do have one feeling "left out." Thank you for sharing your Septimal with us.

      Blessings,
      Karen

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  2. These are all so cool! Here is mine:

    deserted barn
    loud silence
    screams

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    1. Dear Sheri,

      Thank you for your kind words--I agree that the poems are enjoyable. Your poem has a haunting feeling. Could you find a title for it to complete the Septimal form?

      Best wishes,
      Karen

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    2. Karen, I guess the title could be "Echoes" - is that sufficient? Thank you, Sheri

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    3. This is such a haunting piece. I particularly like loud silence.

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  3. Thanks Brian! Loved them all and what a fun activity.
    Charlene

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  4. Dear Charlene,

    I would like to thank Brian again, too, for his hard work on this activity. Glad you found it fun to read.

    Blessings,
    Karen

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  5. Loved "Blue Planet" - nice work, Rick!!

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    1. Thanks, Jim, for participating in this activity and for stopping by to comment. I'm sure Rick will be happy you enjoyed his poem.

      Best wishes,
      Karen

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    2. I love the form, all of the published Septimal, and penned a response to Rick's "Blue Planet"

      Right View

      Zen monk says
      question your
      views

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    3. Dear Michael,

      Wonderful Septimal! I'm so glad you enjoyed the Brian's form and the poems in this column. Best wishes with all your writing endeavors.

      Karen

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  6. Nice work, everyone. Continued blessings to you all! -MJ

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Maurice. Hope you try a Septimal sometime soon. Brian's form is fun to work with.

      Blessings,
      Karen

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  7. Nice to see all the gifted writers in one place..I enjoyed reading these today..Sara

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    1. Dear Sara,

      Thank you for your kind words and for participating in this activity. I enjoyed your poem.

      Blessings,
      Karen

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  8. Love Brian Strands challenges. I look forward to each and every one of them and the terrific submissions from so many talented writers

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    1. Dear Barbara,

      Glad you like these challenges and thank you for participating in this one. I enjoyed your Septimals.

      Blessings,
      Karen

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    1. Thank you Peggy! I really liked your Septimal poem.

      Blessings,
      Karen

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  10. Thank you, Robert Dufresne, for the following--

    Weed Flowers by Robert Poulin

    This is a great poem to meditate on. Just beautiful and smilingly simple. Love it Robert.

    Bob D.

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  11. Wow! This a beautiful kind of poetry. Nice poems. I enjoyed reading them.

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    1. Dear Andrew,

      Thank you for your kind words. Brian's forms are fun to work with. I hope you try a Septimal. Best wishes with all your writing endeavors.

      Blessings,
      Karen

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  12. Another cool selection. A joy to read and to take part. Here's to the next one! Ralph

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    1. Dear Ralph,

      You are so good at short forms. Thank you for participating in this activity and for your kind words. I enjoyed your poems.

      Blessings,
      Karen

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  13. I really like the Seurat poem, very witty.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by with this encouraging comment, Joan. It's people like you that make Whispers possible.

      Blessings,
      Karen

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  14. Congratulations, Rebecca, on being included among these other fine poets!

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    1. Dear Marianne,

      It was good to see Rebecca joining in this activity too. I hope she will be submitting a poem for individual publication soon. If you know her, could you extend my invitation to her. Thank you!

      Blessings,
      Karen

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