Hello, beautiful readers! This week, on Colleen Chesebro's TankaTuesday Weekly Poetry Challenge, she has given us a photo to inspire our poetry. In a separate post, she introduced me to an American poetry format called the Crapsey Cinquain.
This cinquain contains 5 lines with the syllabic pattern of 2-4-6-8-2. The first four lines create a drama that builds up to the fourth line. The last line pivots from that drama. To get a more in-depth understanding, check out her post here.
Here is the chosen picture and my Crapsey Cinquain:
(courtesy of "Prettysleepy" on Pixabay.com)
Door of Opportunity
will it be worth the risk?
unknown challenges await me
I chose to focus on anxiety and indecisiveness, two crutches that love to play tag in my mind. My anxiety needs me to work out every possible scenario of a moment to understand the dangers before me. It goes back to that time when our ancestors lived in fight-or-flight mode and needed to assess every situation in a moment's notice. I sometimes spend so much time in scenario-land that I can't make a decision because although the pondered thought usually starts off as something simple, it builds into an impossible situation in my head.
I have become more aware of how my mind works and why it does what it does over the past few years as I focus on self-care through mindfulness, meditation, emotional frequency tapping, and talk therapy. So, my pivot (line 5) has me letting go of that indecisiveness and finally making a choice to embrace whatever lies ahead of me.
As I've mentioned before, I am new to syllabic poetry forms, so if I didn't quite use this form correctly, feel free to let me know and guide me as I love learning and growing. Have a great day, everyone! :-)
Beautiful take on the prompt, Yvette. And I loved your inspiration for taking the leap. Wonderful.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Diana! I appreciate you commenting. :-)Delete
I love your poem, Yvette. I relate to the fight or flight mode you've described and your poem offers the perfect solution. 😊ReplyDelete
Thanks, Gwen! Taking action beats ruminating any day of the week. :-)Delete
I love this, Yvette and your explanation behind it :) It was perfect to end it with Let's go! It is easy to stay in that frozen space where nothing happens. Hugs xoReplyDelete
Thanks, Denise! It is easy (and quite tormenting), and you are right - nothing positive gets done in that space. It takes awareness and practice to recognize when one is ruminating and mental strength and resolve to pull away from those thoughts. Thanks for commenting today! :-)Delete
I like this Yvette. I'll need to keep an eye on the poetry side. I have stayed away from poems since high school. This is inspiring. ThanksReplyDelete
Colleen's challenges are fun and not intimidating at all. I think you'd enjoy them, Rox. :-)Delete
Just beautiful, Yvette. You expressed something so deep in those few words, and that last line is golden! Great job!ReplyDelete
Aw, thanks, Jan! I'm so happy you like it. :-)Delete
I like your writing. Concise. Lovely. Well in every way, Yvette. Thanks for sharing it. xoxoReplyDelete
Thank you, Selma. I appreciate you sharing that with me. :-)Delete
Beautifully written... and makes you just want to leap up and go :)ReplyDelete
Thank you, Eli! I appreciate your comment. :-)Delete
I se you were also ready to enter theses doors!ReplyDelete
That's why I enjoyed your poem so much, Kerfe! My spirit was ready to take off on that journey. :-)Delete
That means a lot to me, Colleen! I am a lover of learning, especially when it includes self-growth. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with me. :-)ReplyDelete
I think your poem is a great representation of the courage it takes to just go forward, despite our reservations. Nicely done, Yvette. :)ReplyDelete
Thank you, Mark. I'm happy that you captured that message from my poem. :-)Delete
Each day a new challenge. Let's go! A good rally cry :)ReplyDelete
Gotta find a way to always move forward! I'm happy you liked the poem, Jules. :-)Delete