Water – Poem


Oceans of water,
covering the whole of earth
are teaming with life.

The sun strikes the seas,
the water liquid no more.
High above the ground,
clouds like cotton float around.
Blown on the wind, far and wide.

From the sky it falls.
Soft as feathers, hard as stone.
Bringing life to earth.

This is my first entry in the Writing 201: Poetry series. Today’s prompt is water, using the haiku poetry form.

I decided to stretch my muscles a bit by going for a more complex piece. A standard haiku (5/7/5) followed by a tanka (5/7/5/7/7) and finished up with a third stanza back in haiku from.

So what do you think?

2 thoughts on “Water – Poem”

  1. A most worthy topic, as water is discussed in the Tao Te Ching: Lao-tze says the Tao is like water. You write about water as it’s found in nature, describing the forms that it takes, and the paths that it travels by earth and sky. To pick an Eastern poetry form for a subject so frequently discussed by Eastern paths is fitting.

    I haven’t often written in rhyme and meter– preferring instead to use freeverse to write for emotional catharsis, and to allow that expression to flow unrestricted. That said, the pairing of haiku, tanka, haiku looks a little bit more like Western poetry structure to me, and therefore seems like an West meets East thought to me, which I like.

    1. Thanks. I don’t write a done of poetry (my haiku binge last year aside) but I thought that giving the Writing 201 poetry series a go would be a good way to expand my skills. I think you can still join in if you want.

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