The latest prompt had us taking common word combinations and describing our vision in our own words. The varied phrases were rather unexpected and yield some great work. As our guest hosts are finding out, it isn’t easy to choose one outstanding poem; there are so many. Laurie Kolp , we are excited for your success with the release of your book, and I thank you personally for adding your help in navigating this ship!
My choice changed as I read further down the comments, several times, as a matter of fact. Just when I thought I had settled on one, the next one had me changing my mind. This fact is magnified by the point that the poem I chose was the last one posted. This poet’s work always slips under the radar, but is no less outstanding than the rest. Her patience has paid off. Linda Hofke, you earn this BLOOM with your Haibun.
LIGHT FOG by Linda Evans Hofke
“It’s not that everything is cloaked in a thick cloud of white; shapes and forms and colors come through but are muted as if fairies spun a layer of light lace all over the place, hazy and crazy with light shining through tiny cracks here and there. Visibility is blurred but I know who you are.
And if the fog thickens and all goes white then I will know you by your voice.”
I hadn’t exactly understood what grandma was trying to explain about her eyes, but I saw the sadness in them, watched them grow misty as she spoke.
hastily takes flight before
© Copyright Linda Evans Hofke – 2014
Laurie has confirmed the challenge of choosing a poem for the BRILLIANT BLOOM. She struggled with the array of wonderful poetry. When it was all said and done, she had chosen Salvatore Buttaci’s “Storm”
STORM by Salvatore Buttaci
Hot-wiring the horizon,
Lightning accelerates skittish clouds
In a breakneck, thundering frenzy
While twin suns on tangerine fire
Crackle in our eyes.
Holding hands on the sofa, we watch
The late-afternoon sky show
Through our backyard window,
Electro-etching one more
Memory in the making.
When I look back at you again,
You are still there.
© Copyright Salvatore Buttaci – 2014
INFORM POETS BRILLIANT BLOOMS
The Brevette form is as concise as it gets. It’s more of an image maker; a flash of thought that has a poetic flair. It’s that simple. But, in exploring the various forms that are out there, it was time to expose you to this bit of worded wonder. These thoughts are highly provocative, feeding the thought fully.
PENNY HENDERSON earns a BLOOM for this Brevette, a great image after this exasperating winter:
e v i s c e r a t e s
© Copyright Penny Henderson – 2014
WILLIAM PRESTON gave us this string of interconnected brevettes which as Claudine Young had expressed WOULD make a fine picture book. The form itself works well in this application and his progression from the birds building their nest, and ending with their young birds leaving, is purely circle of life. For this William earns his BLOOM.
b u i l d
h o l d
b e g
b u i l d s
l i f t
f l e e
© Copyright William Preston – 2014
CONGRATULATIONS SALVATORE, LINDA, PENNY AND WILLIAM ON YOUR SELECTIONS AS BRILLIANT BLOOMS.