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At Today's Little Ditty, I've been sharing septercets that feature reading or writing— Jane Yolen's DMC challenge for September. (Read my interview with Jane HERE.) A septercet is a poetry form she invented that has lines of seven syllables organized into three-line stanzas. Your septercet can be rhymed or not, and have as many stanzas as you like. This week I posted the work of Jane Baskwill, Jan Godown Annino, and Julie Larios, as well as Jane Yolen's response to her own challenge.
September 2016 padlet to read all the septercets collected so far, or to leave one of your own. All contributions will be included in a wrap-up celebration on Friday, September 30th, and one lucky participant will win a signed copy of THE ALLIGATOR'S SMILE (Millbrook Press, 2016)— a fantastic new collection of nonfiction poetry by Jane Yolen, with stunning photography by Jason Stemple.
Here is my contribution to the septercet challenge.
NO WORDS OF MY OWN
I have no words of my own.
They travel in a suitcase—
nouns and verbs and adjectives,
adverbs with no place to be—
crammed in like hotel soaps and
tiny bottles of shampoo.
Words like bumble and wallop,
humdinger and pernicious,
they moisturize, volumize,
but otherwise come and go
as they please. Such is the way
with some travel companions.
© 2016 Michelle Heidenrich Barnes. All rights reserved.
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