LaCalma #poetry #nature

#whatdoyousee

The air is foul with discontent
Yet soul is rife with good intent
These withered shrubs are heaven-sent!
My tears drip life upon what’s lost
In me I find what I need most
I trim and prune forgotten gifts
with pain and hope I seal those rifts
Like floral blooms through barren cracks
I water gloom with joys once stacked
To scent foul airs at any cost
In me I find what I need most

The scent of hope beckons lost joy
Want and Will cajole bliss gone coy
What’s within I long to enjoy…
Who am I if not things I do
my hands and lips will tell it true
This vase of life I’m meant to fill
where nature moulds, then nurture heals
Let go of fear and share your dream
‘Dreams beget dreams’ – fate’s secret whim
The old and new are one not two
My hands and lips can tell it true

In my works my spirit resides
Yet home is where heart truly lies
why then do eyes scour night skies
Who am I, where must I belong
For everywhere; I sing my song
Listen, that you may become home
Share, that you may find a home
Nature – micasa sucasa
different souls yet same stature
I am for all, yet for no-one
For everywhere; I sing my song.

#moonwahedchallenge

©judeitakali


The poem above is a LaCalma syllabic poem:
Rhyme scheme: aaa,bB,cc,dd,bB
8 syllables per line in iambic tetrameter
11 lines per stanza. 3 stanzas(33lines) total
Content must be nurturing, spiritual

Photoprompt inspiration from Sadje’s whatdoyousee and Eugi’s moonwashed challenge
Theme inspiration from Colleen’s tankatuesday(theme: Lessons from nature), and #Reenasxplorationchallenge (Who am I?)

Hope you enjoy this. Had a two hour lunch break in some gardens today and decided to do some writing. Inspiration from the prompts mentioned above made it fun. I hope to visit some of your sites on my next break.

Stay safe, stay loving.

52 responses to “LaCalma #poetry #nature”

  1. I usually find rhyming words taking me to a different territory. Your grasp on the theme, and expressing something to suit every prompt is commendable.

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    1. Hehe. Rhyming often has a bad reputation but I consider it classic. Thank you, Reena.

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  2. Reblogged this on Reena Saxena and commented:
    La Calma … by Jude Itakali

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  3. Love the opening lines of your evocative poem Jude;

    The air is foul with discontent
    Yet soul is rife with good intent
    Beautifully expressive. Thanks for joining in

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    1. Thank you so much, Sadje.🤍

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      1. You’re welcome Jude

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  4. This is beautiful! Love it, Jude! ❤️

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    1. Thank you so much Colleen. I know you’re not the biggest fan of rhyming, hehe.

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  5. I like the following lines:

    The air is foul with discontent
    Yet soul is rife with good intent

    This vase of life I’m meant to fill
    where nature moulds, then nurture heals

    The old and new are one not two
    My hands and lips can tell it true

    different souls yet same stature
    I am for all, yet for no-one

    I feel poem is expressive, Jude.

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    1. Glad you liked those lines, Jane. Each line of this had much of my thought, i just had rules to follow with the form. Thanks for the appreciation. 💖☘

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      1. Indeed, I liked it. 😊 You are most welcome, Jude !💖

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  6. Inspiring skill, beautifully executed 💙

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    1. Thanks a lot for the appreciation.🙏🏾

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  7. Always lovely reading your words Jude. ❤️

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    1. I’m missing out on reading too. but I will😥

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      1. No worries, take your time. 🤗

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  8. Beautiful poem! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you too, for appreciating.

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  9. It’s wonderful to read a beautifully written and rhyming poem, Jude. Every now and then I get the urge to write poems that rhyme. This is lovely and lyrical and I especially love your last two lines – I am for all, yet for no-one
    For everywhere; I sing my song.

    I know you’re busy and appreciate your joining in my prompt.💕

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    1. Thank you so much, Eugi. I did take care with every line in this and I’m glad you appreciate those. And it’s always a pleasure to join the prompt.

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      1. My pleasure, Jude!

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  10. The rhythm is like a dance. Lovely ! (K)

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    1. Thank you so much, K.

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  11. Tremendously lovely. You’re for real. Wow.

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    1. Thank you so much, Selma.

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  12. HI Jude, this is an intriguing poem. Lovely!

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    1. Thank you so much, Robbie.🙏🏾 Just sent you an email btw.

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      1. Great, I’ll look shortly.

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  13. Wonderful work on this lovely lyrical form, Jude!

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    1. Glad you like it Ingrid. Thank you so much.

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  14. Another gorgeous poem, Jude! You’re an amazing poet.🌹

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    1. Thank you so much, Vashti. It means more than you know from you.🙏🏾

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      1. Awww. You’re very welcome. Have a great weekend!💕

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        1. Much obliged🙏🏾

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  15. Wonderful imagery take on the prompt Jude!
    💖

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    1. Thank you so much, Cindy.💜

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      1. You’re so welcome!
        💖💖

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  16. Inspired writing, Jude! Rhyming lends a lyrical quality to the verse and this is beautiful. 💙

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    1. Thank you, Punam. Those iambs and meters do a lot of the work though.

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  17. Jude, just a wonderful take on the prompts! Your writing gives me such joy and inspiration to try different poetic forms!! 💖💖👍

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    1. It is fun and creatively stimulating.

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  18. Wow, Jude, I think you’ve outdone yourself with this one – now I have to try this form too!


    David

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    1. Thank you so much, David. I missed this week’s submissions but I may get time to read them tonight before Colleen posts another.

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