Barbara’s Braid

Memorable writing that sparks imagination. Lean in. Hear the writer’s voice on the page. Today’s Sparks is a pantoum. Barbara’s Braid By Karen Ely Weaving strands of amber honey Over, under, around and through Silky locks of shimmer sunlight Plaited patterns, three by two   Over, under, around, and through Brush strokes cultivate the threads Plaited patterns three by two A tapestry of golds and reds   Brush strokes cultivate the threads Silky locks of shimmer sunlight Plaited patterns, three by two Weaving strands of amber honey   Karen Handyside Ely was born and raised in Petaluma, California. She delights in difficult crossword puzzles, the Santa Rosa Symphony, and traveling with her husband, James. Karen has been published in The Write Spot to Jumpstart Your Writing: Discoveries, The Write Spot: Reflections, The Write Spot: Possibilities, The Write Spot: Writing as a Path to Healing, and The Write Spot: Musings and Ravings From a…


This dream of mine. Prompt #279

Write about a dream you have or have had. Could be a night time dream. A day dream. A dream of something you long for. Turn your dream into a poem: haiku, pantoum, or any form of short piece that works for you. Post your writing on The Write Spot Blog. Share your dreams. Writing them, posting them, might help shed light on questions you have. Giving your dreams “air” . . . letting them see the light of day might help manifest them. Go for it. Just write!


Create a pantoum. Prompt #107

So far, on The Write Spot Blog, the prompts have been nice and easy. How about challenging yourself with a pantoum? Pantoum is the Western word for the Malayan pantun, a poetic form that first appeared in the fifteenth century, in Malayan literature. It existed orally before then. The Western version of the pantoum is a poem of indefinite length made up of stanzas whose four lines are repeated in a pattern: lines 2 and 4 of each stanza are repeated as lines 1 and 3 of the next stanza. ___________________________________________________________  line 1 ___________________________________________________________  line 2 ___________________________________________________________  line 3 ___________________________________________________________  line 4 ___________________________________________________________  line 5 – same as line 2 ___________________________________________________________   line 6 ___________________________________________________________   line 7 – same as line 4 ___________________________________________________________   line 8 ___________________________________________________________   line 9 – same as line 6 ___________________________________________________________   line 10 – same as line 3 ___________________________________________________________   line 11 – same as line…