Saturday, June 23, 2018

June Activity Feature--The Tetractys--Hosted By Jack Horne--Whispers’ Activity Feature Editor

Some moving, some beautiful, some humorous, I loved your tetractys poetry! For many of you, this was probably a new form and you all did a great job. If you wrote a single (5 lines) or double (10 lines) tetractys poem, my thanks to each and every one of you.

                                                       Jack
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The Sentinel

The
Soldier
Who stands guard
At the fortress 
Is the true sentinel of the city

 Vincent Van Ross, New Delhi, India

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Discrete Quantities

string
theory
vibrations
with everything ~
these quantum effects cannot be ignored

Pat Geyer, United States

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Many Happy Returns

Joy 
came by
happily
serving others,
with no other motive than "His pure love".

Charlene McCutcheon, United States

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Relief

stone
falling
to the sea
a long way down
She recovers her equilibrium

Isha Wagner, New Zealand

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Fog

Fog
rolls back
to reveal
all the colors,
gauze-like mist dropping from in front of eyes.

Linda Imbler, United States.

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Meditation Garden

June
Grandma's
flowers bloom
in the garden
her gifts to me, letting me know she's close.
Enduring love with her arms around me,
security
of days past,
I love
you.

Barbara Tate, United States

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Losing Vision

My
eyes go
dark as my
heart grows cold as
my mind goes to pieces over my fate.
I can blame others, I can blame myself,
I can blame God
but all this
blame is
blind.

Michael A. Griffith, United States

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I Object

verse
is not
just about
a certain style
it is all about writing from the heart.

Caryl Calsyn, United States

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Unfeeling

Trim
Your long
Nail and hair
Love growing fast
Towards me, restrain and feel no more pain.

Partha Chatterjee, India

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Flying High

Son
my child
spread your wings
and leave the nest
then fly as high as an eagle in flight.
You have the opportunity to soar,
to make your mark
in the world...
go for
it!

Jan Allison, Isle of Man

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Sour Grapes

You
do know
that writing
a tetractys
is really no more than just showing off.

Nick Spargo, United Kingdom

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Fairy Tale Tetractys

 “Once
upon
a time” is,
by tradition,
a great way to begin a fairy tale.
 “And they lived happily ever after”
is the way all
good fairy
tales should
end.

Carl ‘Papa’ Palmer, United States

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I
love to
pick flowers
from her garden
the camellia blooms are like snowfall

Anne Curran, New Zealand

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The Rhythmic Sea

blue
swelling 
waves that quench
the sun’s dry lips;
they wait for night to dance beneath the stars.

Paul Callus, Malta

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Time Traveler

each step floats above the earth as time stops
to give us hope
gravity
seeks to
crush

James Marshall Goff, United States

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Popsicles with Friends

Things
That bring
Many smiles
Are popsicles
Eaten with friends around the swimming pool

Mary Bone, United States

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Bare
and lost
the fir tree
without candles
some parcels still awaiting collection

Gert Knop, Germany

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Homecoming

Screams
of joy
spotting Dad
on the tarmac
safely returning from tour of duty.

Deb Felio, United States

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Barnyard Swallows

Birds
In flight
Catch insects
To feed their young
Devoted parents, hover, feed, defend
Distressed by our presence on the porch
Fly in, retreat
Then slip by
Feed young
Bugs

Sara Kendrick, United States
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Faith

Dark
moments --
I still do
believe the light
will guide me and chase the shadows away

Inge Wesdijk, The Netherlands

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Quiet Light

Soft
essence~~
the twilight
waves' crests shimmer.
My spirit finds solace in swishing sounds.

By Karen O’Leary, United States

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Our Side of the Street

this
terrace
bookended 
by cherry trees –
it's a bloomin' gorgeous place to reside.
autumn-flowering then spring-flowering,
one at each end –  
like bright stars
short lived
blooms.

Mary Gunn, Ireland.

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Try Tetractys

Try
As a
Good writer
I did not see
The true value of style, the Tetractys

Yancy Lee Dalton, United States

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Candle of Hope

Hope
is one
small candle
against darkness
held tight in many hands to light the world
A flicker within nights inky chalkboard 
that ripples streaks
of freedom 
seen by
all

Mary A. Couch, United States

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Holiday Cheer

The
turkey
is missing
this Thanksgiving.
I wonder if he’ll make it for Christmas.

Robert P. Hansen, United States

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Chasing Rainbows

Eyes
staring
constantly
at the closed door;
For years waiting to see him return home.

Dr. Upma A. Sharma, India

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Sunset

The 
red ball 
spreading out,
now fades and then 
a nice glissade over the rift valleys 

Gopal Lahiri, Mumbai, India

27 comments:

  1. Dear Activity Contributors,

    I am in awe of this collection gathered by Jack Horne--Whispers' Activity Feature Editor. The Tetractys form is well served by this interesting variety of many talent writers. Thank you, Jack, for making this possible.

    Many blessings to all,
    Karen

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  2. Thanks to Jack for the creative challenges and the encouraging words he always offered. Bittersweet as all "lasts' are. And thank you, Karen, for seeing them through.

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  3. Mesmerized by many creative poets!from heartfelt tributes and mindblowing images to guiding readers towards questions of the universe, thanks Jack for inspirational form and Karen & Inge for joining our hearts on this memorable journey...james marshall goff

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  4. Thanks so much for hosting such a wonderful platform Karen, Jack and Inge. I am sorry to see this transcending into the whispering grove. Hope it makes a comeback sooner than later! With much gratitude, love and respect to all of you.I shall always cherish the memorable moments I enjoyed with this esteemed site--Vincent Van Ross, New Delhi, India.

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  5. Thanks Jack and Karen for this activity features. Enjoyed reading Tetractys written by the poets all around the globe. Much love.

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  6. Good form to teach use of syllable count
    all of these are so good.
    Knight Writer

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  7. A beautiful collection, some funny, emotional, humorous but all given freely and with love. It was uplifting to read them all. BW Annie

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  8. A pleasant assortment of Tetractys. Thank you Jack for yet again providing a tool for inspiration. Your activity feature has served its intended purpose. Regards // paul

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  9. That is a wonderful collection. Well done everyone!

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  10. Jack,
    What a great bunch of tectracy poems you have here.
    Yours truly,
    David Fox

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  11. What creative poems from such a creative family of writers!!

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  12. thanks again to all who contributed & to everyone for the lovely comments

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  13. Dear Karen and Jack,Thank you for posting my tetractys and I enjoyed the read of all! And thanks for the lovely comments.

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  14. What fantastic work. Congratulations, Everyone!

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  15. I enjoyed reading these gifted writers. Each tetractys is unique and has a special meaning. These plus some more should be published in a book. Sara

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  16. It has been so wonderful to read these poems Jack, thanks to you and Karen and Inge for keeping the gift of words alive with Whispers love jan xx

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  17. Karen, Jack and Inge, thank you for collecting all these wonderful poems each month. It's your work and dedication that has made Whispers possible. It's truly appreciated. God bless. Pat

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  18. Jack, I have so much enjoyed the challenging opportunities you have offered us here on Whispers. I for one will miss them. However each of you, Karen, Jack and Inge, have given me a wonderful foundation upon which to build my now satisfying endeavors to write poetry. And though the end to Whispers publication has come, the memory of the joy I have gained through creative writing will not be forgotten. Thank you for all for adding to my joy with these amazing poems.
    Love, Charlene

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  19. Thank you, Joan Leotta, for the following--

    such a great collection..cannot pick a fave...well done, everyone!

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  20. I really had a good time reading the variety of poems. What a bunch of creative people!
    Caryl Calsyn

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    1. Dear Caryl,

      What a joy to have your poem with its message that rings true to me. Thank you for all that you are and all the encouragement you give me and others.

      Blessings,
      Karen

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  21. Nice collection of beautiful poems. Congratulations to everyone. Continued blessings!

    -MJ
    (www.creativeinspirationspp.blogspot.com)

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  22. Thank you, Maurice. Best wishes always.

    Blessings,
    Karen

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  23. I am so very delighted to have read these tetractys, to have been introduced to them by such an enormously gifted group of contributing poets. Thank you so very much for giving me the pleasure of reading them as they were each in their own, thoroughly engrossing, absolutely enchanting, delightfully stimulating and powerfully profound. I am so very happy that Jack had hosted this activity and particularly grateful that Karen, Inge and Jack have lit up our (and definitely most specifically my days) with selflessly devoting their time and attention towards delivering the mesmerizing power of wordsmithing to our eyes, our hearts, our souls. I have been smitten with this site in even the short time I have been visiting and had my first online poem outside of a face group site posted here; thank you once again so very much for that happy heart skipping moment. Blessings to all of you, editors, contributors, and to those who just love to read poetry who instinctively knew they could find the most exquisite jewels within this site...blessings for everything good, safe, healthy, happy to come your way. Take care, stay. well.

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    1. Dear Leslie,

      I hope you continue to visit Whispers from time to time and find gems in the archives that I feel blessed to share. I hope to cross paths with you in other publications. Thank you for sharing the gift of words, your poetry and encouragement.

      Blessings always,
      Karen

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