Zanze: Does Love Belong

Does love belong within your life?
I am unsure I have the right,
As love has cut me like a knife.
Alone, I have no strength to fight.

Does love belong within,
The confines of your heart.
Hoarding it feels like sin;
I cannot seem to part.

Does love belong
To you or me?
I may be wrong,
But love is free.

Does love,
Cause you strife,
And little else above?
Does love belong within your life?

2019 © DS Coremans

Zanze: Night Cannot Be Claimed

The night cannot be claimed by you
It belongs only to itself.
If you believe this is untrue,
Then perhaps reflect on yourself?

The night cannot be claimed;
It comes and goes freely.
The night cannot be tamed,
It moves on ideally.

The night cannot
Last forever;
Cannot be caught
Whatsoever.

The night
Is black and blue
And even in your sight;
The night cannot be claimed by you.

2019 ©DSCoremans

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With thanks to Sonya for yet another bit of inspiration from her post, “I Own The Night“.

Picture Prompt: Cows

VLUU L100, M100  / Samsung L100, M100

2019 © DS Coremans

The Challenge: 

Using today’s picture as inspiration write a poem or piece of flash-fiction (Max. Word Count: 500). 

Add your entry to the comments section, and I will add it to the main post, along with a direct link to your blog or website if you have one.

About Today’s Picture:

At the end of each day, I will share a little bit about where and when the picture originated from. Along with my own entries for each prompt.

Sonnet: Science-Fiction

I would rather it were science-fiction,
Than painfully, profound reality.
I cannot believe that the world if free,
When Poverty, seems like an addiction.

Living from one pay-check to the next one,
Is a societal sickness. Disagree?
When Rent over Food is necessity.
How can one plan for what is to come?

Recklessly destroyed resources now rare
Ready revolutionary replacements
Because soon fossil-fuels will disappear
And all that will be left is displacement.

Our children will not thank us for failure,
Or for repeated, reckless behaviour.

2019 ©DSCoremans

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Once again thank you to Sonya, whose reply to a comment today filled me with inspiration. Sonya I may have to add you to my list of muses, you have been my catalyst for creation for the past couple of days. Thank you.

Picture Prompt:  Help

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2019 © DS Coremans

The Challenge: 

Using today’s picture as inspiration write a poem or piece of flash-fiction (Max. Word Count: 500). 

Add your entry to the comments section, and I will add it to the main post, along with a direct link to your blog or website if you have one.

About Today’s Picture: 

(At the end of each day, I will share a little bit about where and when the picture originated from. Along with my own entries for each prompt.)

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This picture was taken on April 5th 2010 on the Isle of Skye. It is taken on one of the coral beaches, and each letter is only about 3 inches in size. I ran out of darker rocks as I was putting this together, and so finished the loop of the ‘P’ with those beautiful red stones.

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Zanze: Written In The Sand
By DS Coremans

Written in the Sand is a word.
It is the only word written.
Overhead, flies a fearless bird,
It sees not the lines of Britain.

Written in the Sand is
A message to mankind.
Though to the writer this
May be here to remind.

Written in the
Stones from the sand,
Smoothed by weather
Passing the land.

Written,
Does not mean heard.
Does the message fit in?
Written in the Sand is a word.

2019 ©DSCoremans

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Thank you to Steven and Vicky for taking part yesterday on Facebook. If you would like me to share your work, please remember to either leave a link to your work or a comment and I will link this to your site.

Word of the Day

Today’s word of the day is:

Zanze

Zanze is a poetic style, of syllabic structure: 8-8-8-8, 6-6-6-6, 4-4-4-4, 2-4-6-8. Zanze has a rhyme structure of Abab cdcd efef gagA.

The following is an example of my own writing:

Zanze: Does Love Belong
By DS Coremans

Does love belong within your life?
I am unsure I have the right,
As love has cut me like a knife.
Alone, I have no strength to fight.

Does love belong within,
The confines of your heart.
Hoarding it feels like sin;
I cannot seem to part.

Does love belong
To you or me?
I may be wrong,
But love is free.

Does love,
Cause you strife,
And little else above?
Does love belong within your life?

2019 © DS Coremans

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A properly formed Zanze should contain:

  1. A total of 16 lines.
    1. Line 16, is a full repetition of Line 1.
  2. Rhyme Scheme
    1. Abab cdcd efef gagA
    2. The capital A, representing the repeat of Line 1 in Line 16.
  3. Four Quatrains (A quatrain is a four-line stanza.)
  4. Syllabic Structure
    1. 8-8-8-8
    2. 6-6-6-6
    3. 4-4-4-4
    4. 2-4-6-8
  5. Line 5 where the first 6 Syllables are the same as Line 1.
  6. Line 9 where the first 4 Syllables are the same as Line 1.
  7. Line 13 where the first 2 Syllables are the same as Line 1.

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My thanks again go to Sonya whose post inspired me greatly.

https://reowr.com/2019/01/08/when-the-mountains-a-zanze-and-a-challenge/

Personal Blog: Challenge Accepted

As most of the regular followers (as I understand it, there are some out there, do feel free to say ‘Hi’ sometime) of Forever Distracted by Life know I have in the last few months been bitten by the poetry bug. Having never really engaged with poetry beyond the mandatory level of academia as presented by High School, I never felt ‘worthy’ of reading poetry, let alone writing it. But as soon as I was introduced to the poetry unit on the course I am currently studying at college, it was as though I had suddenly learned a new language. A language which allows me to express things I have never before been able to put into words.

Once I started writing poetry, I started reading it. And not just the poets of history, but the poets of today. By following some of the blog authors that have engaged with some of my work, I have found myself immersed in wonderfully insightful and relatable poetry. 

Some blogs, in particular, I find myself going back to regularly.

https://reowr.com is a site I find myself on daily at the moment as it is full of great poetry and regular challenges being thrown down. This mornings sent me down a rabbit hole of writing that has already filled pages of my notebook, and has given me a few more things to share over the next couple of days. 

The challenge posed, was to write a poem using the ‘Zanze’ poetic structure.

If you aren’t familiar with the style, or are interested in taking part in the challenge yourself, I highly recommend checking out the original post here: https://reowr.com/2019/01/08/when-the-mountains-a-zanze-and-a-challenge/#comment-10179

I have already shared my first two attempts today. Which you can find here: https://dscoremans.com/2019/01/08/freeform-zanze-fearless/

And here:

https://dscoremans.com/2019/01/08/zanze-fearless-ii/

2019 © DS Coremans

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