as a group,
we are eleven.
though we are missing a few,
we celebrate as we do,
with food, love and fun.
table is full
to the brim,
filling our hearts.
of our now extended clan,
with two dogs joining the span,
adding to the love.
we talk and play,
as one team,
all our talents.
our cup runs over,
and, likewise, our dinner plate
shares with the cup, the same fate,
from work of different hands.
our love and faith
© Susan Joy Clark 2021
This was written for Colleen M. Chesebro’s Tanka Tuesday challenge. This week it’s poet’s choice, but Colleen pointed out a list of syllabic poetry forms at Poets’ Collective.
I went to the link at Poets’ Collective and tried an arkquain swirl, a different syllabic poetry form than I have tried before. An arkquain swirl has this syllable count pattern — 1234~5775~4321234~5775~4321234~5775~4321. It also has end rhymes on the seven syllable lines.
I was inspired by my recent July 4th celebration with family, which included a few family members I haven’t seen in quite a while. Our celebration was characterized by lots and lots of food, and playing a game which, just as the poem suggests, had us helping one another rather than opposing one another.
9 thoughts on “Overflowing, #Tanka Tuesday, #Arkquain Swirl”
Amazing blog 😀
Looks like you had a great day🙂
Thank you, Pat. We really did. 🙂
What a fabulous family renunion, Susan. These get-togethers mean more after Covid. Life’s just too short. Your arkquain swirl has a nice rhythm to it. <3
Thank you, Colleen. I keep trying new poetry forms. I wanted a little bit of a longer one this time. I haven’t seen my one nephew in quite a while, so it was really nice to see him and meet his basset hound too.
I’d never heard of Arkquain before, well done! A beautiful celebration of togetherness and family. Glad you had a good time.
Love it Susan and it must have been particularly special this year…Sally
Thanks Sally. It really was special. 🙂