Adrift – Day 14 of NaPoWriMo 2016

Here is today’s prompt.

Today’s prompt comes to us from TJ Kearney, who invites us to try a seven-line poem called a san san, which means “three three” in Chinese (It’s also a term of art in the game Go). The san san has some things in common with the tritina, including repetition and rhyme. In particular, the san san repeats, three times, each of three terms or images. The seven lines rhyme in the pattern a-b-c-a-b-d-c-d


Majestic white clouds drift by in the blue sky

Above the maze of springtime shades of green

Sailing like swans, aloft on the gentle breeze.

Alone and free on a sea of blue they drift by

Bending slender necks they pause to preen

Earthbound, I gaze up and wonder whether

I’d like to sail away on wind-swept seas

or like a tree embrace my earthly tether.



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