Sunday, April 29, 2012

Poetry Picnic Week 33: Fortresses, Castles, Palaces and Royal houses

The timid kingfisher by s.s.e.b.

kingfisher, kingfisher
resting on the rooftop
I hear you are a well-wisher
have you any fish? 
none to give, none to give
but I have something more
a little bird you could forgive
for flying from your shore!

An abnominal for Jón “Jónsi” Þór Birgisson

Þis      brig
      ninon   jib;

Þis      born ibis   rib
no brió   bring rós   iris

Þis      joss-gnósis
            nó Þin jingo
sorb   orris   nigrosin

I join   in Þis song o’

nó sin   Þorn      nog  
rosin   iron      sign

I join      bóÞ


son—n—biro in Þis song

( )—n—( )   noÞings
rising   norÞ


A cento is a poem made up entirely of lines from other poems. In this case they are all taken from Shakespeare’s sonnets (the number of each is shown in brackets).

The worst was this, my love was my decay, (80)
Being your slave what should I do but tend (57)
As with your shadow I with these did play, (98)
The roses fearfully on thorns did stand; (99)
The perfect ceremony of love’s rite, (23)
That she that makes me sin awards me pain, (141)
Ruin hath taught me thus to ruminate, (64)
They that have power to hurt, and will do none; (94)
O cunning Love! with tears thou keep me blind, (148)
Who will believe my verse in time to come? (17)
For that same groan doth put this in my mind, (50)
Although I swear it to myself alone; (131)
A dateless lively heat, still to endure, (153)
Who taught thee how to make me love thee more? (150)

Or not. I’m not really sure. (“Old man at the South Pole” is a star.)


i was
crossing the river
a few years ago.
now i have a home
and on the banks
i can sit
looking up
at the old man
of the south pole
who shines red
in the evening
like the new year.

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Theme for This Week 33:

Week 33 Theme: "Fortresses, Castles, Palaces and Royal houses"!! Dig and write, you may be amazed at how creative you are, by simply trying without worrying about the outcome or feedback…best, hope to see you in the party, chicks…

Theme for Next Week?

Week 34 Theme: Next week, let's observe and cherish our beautiful mother Nature: Plants, Creatures,  and the Cosmos!!


Jingle Poetry At Olive Garden said...

May 13th is mother's day, so we are two weeks ahead to get ready....

Thanks for sharing.

Madeleine Begun Kane said...

Thanks as always for hosting this. Here's my A Knack For Limericks.

Larry Hasty Wendy Stanley Wojcicki said...

Good Morning,

what a cool prompt,

have fun!

JBinford-Bell said...

Yes, it is a cool prompt and I took the western view of things. I live in the kingdom of canyons.

Tigerbrite said...

Thanks for your reminder. I have been busy all April with the Haiku Challenge. I have posted one of my Tarot poems to fit the fortresses and castles prompt. Best wishes.

Anonymous said...

It feels like it has been AGES since I've been at the potluck. Glad I'm linked up! Happy Potluck all:-)

Paulog30 said...

Mine is about a place that was a fortress to the reality outside, and kept the awakened children within.

Hannah Ioserashvili Rafael Onyanga-Omara said...


Happy Poetry Picnic.

Malia Craig Tagg Lawrence Page said...

have fun, folks.

Anonymous said...

a fun prompt.

keep it up.

Alissa Meredith Jill Osborn Schapiro said...

A Sunny Tuesday for all.

Anonymous said...

lovely prompt.


Anonymous said...


superb poetry and spirits.

Anonymous said...

added mine.


The Poet said...

I'm back following an extended absence due to the A-Z Challenge & NaPoWriMo. It will be good to reconnect again with familiar friends. Thanks for the reminder & for poetry.
Have a wonderful week everyone!

My Flowerpot Plant

Kay said...

I could not resist to enter this poem that I had written for my Mother. I hope you enjoy it.

Much love,
Kay Salady

Larry Hasty Wendy Stanley Wojcicki said...

amazing entries so far.

Lucinda Goce Bristol Tamhane Sahakian said...

glad to be here.


Anonymous said...

submitting mine now.


Elizena said...

Didn't think I'd be able to do it, but on the way home from church I saw a woman walking with her husband or should I say behind and there was a look of hopelessness on her face. The rest just wrote itself, before I even got home.
Thanks for the opportunity! Be blessed all.

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