Thursday, April 18, 2019

Day 18 ~~ NaPoWriMo ~~ Poem

Elegy to our Hibiscus;
queen and pride of our back yard

[salutation]
Oh Hibiscus our lovely guard
You were the joy of our backyard
We miss you so much since you're gone
We honor you in praise and song
 
[predetermination]
What per chance was your fate to be
We didn't know not clear to me
Fate has made you subject to cold
Gone, dead forever, were so bold
 
[equity]
It isn't fair to us humans
To lose our prime joy of lumens
Forever we thought smile you'd bring
Mother Nature robbed us this spring
 
[destiny (question, conclusion or implication)]
For us you'll live still in two ways
Mulch pile welcomes, your fiber stays
New kid in town your beauties pin
And we still find joy from your kin
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 - Photo and Poem Copyright, Jimmiehov 2019, All Rights Reserved
 - and I'm linked with NaPoWriMo at http://www.napowrimo.net/day-eighteen-5/ 

 - I've never written an elegy before and had to investigate everything that I had time for, including a definition.  Googling helped a lot but then reading has to stop and test out what we've learned.  I liked the topic division [in parentheses for your understanding help and a guide for e while writing] from https://penandthepad.com/format-elegy-poem-8445992.html .

 - Quite a few suggested writing with didactic hexameter and didactic decimeter but I didn't do that.  And https://studybay.com/blog/how-to-write-an-elegy-poem/ was interesting in the use of  "Five Steps to Writing and Elegy" which was similar but different to the first site I mentioned.  Most recommend a quatrain with the rhyme scheme ABAB written in iambic pentameter for pleasant sounds when reading.  
 
[our backyard, Hibiscus on the left]

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6 Comments:

At Thursday, April 18, 2019 2:57:00 PM, Blogger Susie Clevenger said...

Oh, I lost a beautiful hibiscus. I wish I had thought to save part of it in to feed and grow another generation. Thank you so much for taking part in the prompt.

 
At Thursday, April 18, 2019 3:18:00 PM, Blogger brudberg said...

Our hibiscus is kept indoors in winter... but it still thrives... but never to the size of yours.

 
At Thursday, April 18, 2019 4:44:00 PM, Blogger Sanaa Rizvi said...

This is incredibly touching, Jim!

 
At Thursday, April 18, 2019 8:57:00 PM, Blogger Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Yes, it is sad to lose A beautiful plant. I am fond of hibiscus too. Bring on the new growth!

 
At Thursday, April 18, 2019 10:09:00 PM, Blogger tonispencer said...

Wonderful poem Jim. Maybe you can find another and replant.

 
At Friday, April 19, 2019 7:55:00 PM, Blogger purplepeninportland.com said...

A lovely, touching poem, Jim.

 

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