How About a Flash? (a gogyohka)

lightning (2)

cold rain particles colliding
build energy in a cloud
below magnetic energy pulls
cloud to ground a flash of heat
explosive lightning strikes

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POETIC FORM: GOGYOHKA

Gogyohka a Japanese form, translates literally to “five-line poem.” An off-shoot of the tanka form, the gogyohka has very simple rules: The poem is comprised of five lines with one phrase per line. A compound or complex sentence is probably too long, but phrases may be as short as one word and more than five. The theory behind gogyohka is concise lines (five lines) but free (variable line length with each phrase). No special seasonal or cutting words. No subject matter constraints. Just five lines of poetic phrases.

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POEM A DAY APRIL 2015 – PROMPT:

“For today’s prompt, take the phrase “How (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles include: “How to Write a Poem,” “How Mechanical Pencils Work,” and “Howling at the Moon After Midnight in the Middle of a Thunderstorm

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