Sunday, December 14, 2014

Winter Wonderland

Carpe Diem Time Glass #14 Winter Wonderland

Challenge to write a short chained poem with a maximum of eight stanza following the classical rules (5-7-5; 7-7; 5-7-5; 7-7; 5-7-5; 7-7; 5-7-5; 7-7) and your last stanza (classically called "ageku") has to close the chain by associating on the first stanza.

dawn breaks through the trees
shadows sashay across snow
deer tracks mar surface

startled white tail buck takes flight
I pause in awe of splendor

Crystalline flakes
dance to the wind’s symphony
evoking spirits

whirlwind of snow gaining power
overtaking my footsteps

icy drizzle falls
crystalizing everything
glistening like diamonds

branches coated with thick ice
creaking under extra weight

evening deepens cold
roads covered with icy paths
and weary travelers

ground covered with new snowfall
just waiting for fresh footprints


  1. This form worked so well for that walk in snow.. and in the morning only the tracks of a few nocturnal guests can be seen.. wonderful

    1. Thanks, I enjoyed working on this, and taking that walk in my mind.

  2. Such beautiful imagery -- and the footsteps (written and implied) seem very much like a refrain. It works so well, Dolores! :)

    1. Thank you do much. I hoped the last related back the first.

  3. Beautifully done and I agree with J love the repetition of footsteps in the refrain. :-)