She came forth wrapped in sericin
Like the mulberry silkworm raised in confines
A breath, an image, a soul needs skin
A boiling cauldron serves to peel the rinds
Like a polished stone the maker kneads and refines
Safe and secure from the world outside
A robin’s egg sits ‘neath feather’s consigns
But he has to break his own shell to fly
linking to dversepoets.com for Thursday open link night and Fridays Linda Kruschke and paint chip poetry. A difficult week and this was just plain hard to write, but it got done! I know I did fall short of three stanzas. In the process I learned about silk!
I’ve moved on to the B section of the poetry dictionary by John Drury. There were some interesting choices, including Beat Poetry, but I decided on the Ballade. The “rules” for a Ballade are outlined in this picture of the entry from page 33. You can read Francoise Villon’s poem, referenced by Drury, here.
the poetry dictionary pg. 33
Sounds fun, doesn’t it? I love a set rhyme scheme and stanza format. Adding the paint chip words and phrases should make it even more fun.
The paint chip words and phrases you have to work with are cowboy, polished stone, raw silk, spinach, avalanche, Rocky Mountains, and robin’s egg. I would like you to pick three of the paint chips for your Ballade. Choose the three that you think have the greatest connection to each other.
I’m going to use Rocky Mountains, polished stone, and avalanche.