is a tangle
of assorted verdure,
twisting branches woven, forming
like the nave of a cathedral.
bright leaves and Spanish moss
© Susan Joy Clark 2021
This was written for Colleen Chesebro’s Tanka Tuesday challenge. She asked us to write a syllabic poem with synonyms for “green” and “morass.” I chose to write a butterfly cinquain. The Poets Collective defines a butterfly cinquain this way: “An unrhymed 9 line poem. syllabic, 2-4-6-8-2-8-6-4-2 syllables per line.”
I’m feeling super lousy today after my second Covid shot. I’m glad my migraine brain could still come up with poetry, though I decided I didn’t want to bother with rhyme today. 😛 Thinking about the chosen words and synonyms, I thought about Spanish moss and remembered hiking under trees like this while visiting Virginia. Unfortunately, my poor dad was a feast for chiggers that day, but the trees were beautiful.
10 thoughts on “A Tangle of Verdure, #Tanka Tuesday, #Butterfly Cinquain”
That must be a lovely tangle. Green. Thanks for painting it in my mind. xoxo
Thank you, Selma. I’m glad you enjoyed it. 🙂
I like you compared the forest with a house, it feels like a safe place to be. Hope you are feeling better!
Thank you, Elizabeth. 🙂 I am feeling somewhat better. The intensity of the headache has lessened, but it’s still somewhat lingering. I’ve been taking Excedrin migraine and was able to take another nap this afternoon.
Susan, I hope you feel better, and I’m glad you were able to receive your shot. I love the comparison to the trees growing over your house to the nave of a cathederal. I caught an instant mind image of green trees forming a canopy of protection. How lovely! <3
I love this roof! I hope you have recovered by now. (K)
I have a small arbor that grows a plant that has little white flowers in the end of summer. It is a fast grower and I am constantly trimming it! Right now there is a curtain doorway of live plant! 😀
Sounds lovely. 🙂
I did trim the curtain a bit… And took some of the plant out of the pine it was chocking. Sometimes plants do grow better when trimmed… like hair 😉