Who Is

The days are pooled, caught narrowly
in pathways with windows
propped between temporarily
and suspended–limbo–
blurred, grey


can you tell when you have opened?
What do you use as your
Where has your reflection chosen
to reside?  inside stars?
or fear?

When David posted the W3 prompt this morning, where Destiny chose the memento form, which has 64 syllables in its two stanzas, for her prompt, I knew I had the answer for Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday Birthday prompt–to construct a poem formed out of 65 syllables. I added one syllable between the two stanzas as a bridge, as in a puente–turning it into a memuente.

I’ve also used the dVerse prompt from Merril to include a window in my poem.

This also gave me a chance to show some photos of an accordion book I made for an online class that explored artist books. The instructor was not happy with my first idea, and this was not even close what I saw in my mind at all, but it has grown on me. I took many many photos of it, both open and closed–these are just a few. I do like the accordion format and I hope to explore it more.

Of course you know what my reflection chooses…

Off prompt again for NaPoWriMo.

54 thoughts on “Who Is

  1. this is so lovely, K
    (and smart too 😁 )

    I especially enjoyed how you ended your memuente.

    “Where has your reflection chosen
    to reside?  inside stars?
    or fear?”

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        1. I actually did an exercise where I took a poem I had written and stressed different poetic devices in a bunch of versions. This is a good excuse to figure out where I put it and post the results.

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  2. An accordion book would be an interesting way to capture a month of poems, I’m thinking… I’ve only made the simplest booklets, I’m totally intrigued. It captures how fearless you are, too, and star-minded.

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    1. I’m trying to put one together with short poems and art. My daughter gave me a bunch of tiny blank accordion books for Christmas. I thought I could make the pages in Photoshop and print them out and glue them on. But I haven’t had time to get much done. Where does the time go?

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  3. Me, I celebrate being off-prompt. Rules are made to be broken is one of my rules! And accordian book art I like a lot. Seen many superb examples. Play, yes. So, curious, are those cable tv wires wiggling around the windows? Me confused.

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  4. Beautiful, Kerfe. The poem is exquisite, especially those last lines. That’s the existential choice, isn’t it? Every one of us makes it. And I can see why the artist’s accordion book has grown on you. It’s mesmerizing.

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