NaPoWriMo: Poem – Septolet – “Phrases of Home”


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And now for our prompt (optional, as always)! Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that incorporates “the sound of home.” Think back to your childhood, and the figures of speech and particular ways of talking that the people around you used, and which you may not hear anymore. My grandfather and mother, in particular, used several phrases I’ve rarely heard any others say, and I also absorbed certain ways of talking living in Charleston, South Carolina that I don’t hear on a daily basis in Washington, DC. Coax your ear and your voice backwards, and write a poem that speaks the language of home, and not the language of adulthood, office, or work. Happy writing!

For more information please visit NaPoWriMo.

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With the 

Devil on 

My back

It’s

Impossible

To keep 

My hands

To Myself

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If everyone 

Jumped off 

A bridge 

Would

You

Go downstairs

And bring 

Me  (item).

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I have,

Certain expectations,

Of you,

And

Turn

Your music,

Down, you’ll,

Go deaf!

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Hold your,

Brother’s hand,

When you,

Both

Start

Crossing the,

Street; Don’t, 

Talk back.

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As long, 

As you, 

Tried your, 

Hardest

And 

You did, 

Your best, 

It’s fine.

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Here I, 

Brought you,

A burger, 

Don’t

Tell

Dad I,

Brought you, 

Fast food.

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Go for,

A bike, 

Ride you’ve , 

Been

Inside,

All day, 

You need, 

Fresh, Air.

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The songs and sayings of childhood,

Now gone away, as children became adults.

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©Mandibelle16. (2016) All Rights Reserved.

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Poem: Terzanelle  – “Her Painted Face” 


The Terzanelle is a poetry type which is a combination of the villanelle and the terza rima forms. It is a 19-line poem consisting of five interlocking triplets/tercets plus a concluding quatrain in which the first and third lines of the first triplet appear as refrains. The middle line of each triplet is repeated, reappearing as the last line of the succeeding triplet with the exception of the center line of the next-to-the-last stanza which appears in the quatrain. The rhyme and refrain scheme for the triplets is as follows: 

1. A

2. B

3. A

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4. b

5. C

6. B

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7. c

8. D

9. C

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10. d

11. E

12. D

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13. e

14. F

15. E

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Ending Type 1:

16. f

17. A 

18. F

19. A

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Ending Type 2:

16. f

17. F

18. A

19. A

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Each line of the poem should be the same metrical length.

For more information please visit Shadow Poetry. Many thanks to Kat from Like Mercury Colliding for demonstrating the Terzanelle form. Read her Terzanelle in the link above.

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Smear the canvas, rich thick acrylic paint,

Paint given texture, mixing with thick gel,

Build her face artistically amazing.

—–

Choose brushes used under her glam creative spell.

Build her face, artistically amazing.

Paint given texture, mixing with thick gel.

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Blending on a pallate — tint, shade, or glaze.

Layer upon layer, image unfolds, blends.

Build her face artistically amazing.

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Rainbow of paint, my medium well lends.

The method of attaining a correct shade shown.

Layer upon layer, image unfolds, blends.

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Skin colour working, finding ideal tones.

Liveliness, painter’s skill, to wet canvass.

The method of attaining a shade shown.

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Talent, raw paint, forming woman with sass.

Smear the canvass, rich thick acrylic paint,

Liveliness, painter’s skill, to wet canvass.

Smear the canvass, rich thick acrylic paint.

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©Mandibelle16. (2016) All Rights Reserved.