jornales

for a moment of joy or moments no one pays for, i give myself a ‘jornal’. this makes me rich. try it.

meanings on walls (for One Shoot Sunday)

graffiti in the Lansing area, Michigan, photo by Chris Galford

1. squiggles

your words mere
squiggles on walls
if but smiles
on dry leaves–
when clouds take over the sun
the butterfly dies

2. waves

on the wall
waves splatter a froth
the sky sheds–
is it rain?
our hand carvings on sea air
but the mindless moon

3. sky

we sip dreams
no one knows of what–
were it earth
it would roll
drums beating down on our sky
to give up the stars

4. ripple

heat seeps off
tips of lanceolate
promises
disguised flames–
in the waters a ripple
once a breath twice life

5. blue fish

ocean lure–
we dig for stone fists
to ripple
the silence
a blue fish whispers to me
a broken flower

Copyright © by Alegria Imperial 2011

Five ‘haiku-induced’ shadorma, a Spanish sestet or 6-line poetic form in 3/5/3/3/7/5 syllables per line–my first attempt at it–in response to the Picture Photo Prompt Sunday (One Shoot Sunday) from photos of Chris Galford of graffit’d walls around the Lansing area in Michigan and posted at One Stop Poetry, the inimitable gathering place for poets and artists. Check us out!

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June 19, 2011 - Posted by | haiku, poetry, shadorma | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

10 Comments »

  1. It’s awesome how you used the Shadorma to point out great background details, while at the same time presenting imaginative poems with feeling. I’m partial to…
    “we sip dreams
    no one knows of what–
    were it earth
    it would roll
    drums beating down on our sky
    to give up the stars”

    Comment by dustus | June 19, 2011 | Reply

    • Thanks, Adam! Thanks for such wonderful words for me!

      Comment by alee9 | June 21, 2011 | Reply

  2. Love the “sip dreams” line. I want to practice this form now: I have never tried it!

    Comment by Julie Jordan Scott | June 19, 2011 | Reply

    • Thanks for this lovely comment, Julie! Yes, do try it. You’ll love it like I do now.

      Comment by alee9 | June 21, 2011 | Reply

  3. These are beautiful, Ali– I especially love this one:

    we sip dreams
    no one knows of what–
    were it earth
    it would roll
    drums beating down on our sky
    to give up the stars…

    xxxj

    Comment by jenneandrews | June 19, 2011 | Reply

    • Thanks as laways, Jenne! Always honored by your vist and your comments!

      Comment by alee9 | June 21, 2011 | Reply

  4. i am not familiar with the different forms of writing (free verse is my genre), but I do know good poetry and this was such a piece..

    i took a wonderful adventure through your words which complimented the picture wonderfully..

    Comment by lynne(the word bar) | June 20, 2011 | Reply

    • What a heart-expanding way to say how you liked it, Lynne! Thank you so much!

      Comment by alee9 | June 21, 2011 | Reply

  5. This is so awesome. My favorite so far. Such skill of presentation and word choices. We dig for stone fists. And smiles for those who need one.. Expert. Very impressed.

    http://henryclemmonspoet.blogspot.com/2011/06/my-andela.html

    Comment by Henry Clemmons | June 21, 2011 | Reply

    • Thank you for picking this poem as your “favorite”, Henry!

      Comment by alee9 | June 21, 2011 | Reply


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