Tuesday, July 3, 2012

IGWRT's Sunday Challenge: Koan Poetry


With excitement and youthful energy she ponders her future;
bars of iron, block her way forward, protecting.
Men of sound mind and good heart have made mistakes,
a lifelong struggle, hers, to set the path straight.

by Margaret Bednar, Art Happens 365, July 2, 2012

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Would you like to hear me read this?

Check this out on Chirbit

This is for IGWRT's Sunday mini challenge:  Koan poetry.  HERE is a detailed account of this ancient Chinese poetry.  I certainly hope this didn't have a certain rhythm, word count, or rhyme as I don't have any... (Kerry... let me know :)

The iPhone photos are of my daughter on our recent trip to Washington DC which I have yet to post about.   I did take photos with my nice Canon, but I found that when sight seeing, it is often hard to make those you are with wait for the perfect shot :)  The monument above is the Jefferson Memorial.  We paddle boated here at the end of the day (last photo!)

I am a few challenges behind and have rushed my poetry here.  I hope I grasped the essence of it... I find it an exciting form as I like short poetry that is packed with insight and feeling.  I am sure I will revisit this in the near future.

and my blue toe which obviously needed a touch up!


Susie Clevenger said...

Love the photos. I am always amazed by your work..You managed the form well. I haven't tackled it yet.

Kerry O'Connor said...

I love the way you interpreted the moment captured on your camera into a koan exploring a young person's future. It strikes me as so profound. I also love the view of the memorial from the water - the chopping waves are dramatic.

Daydreamertoo said...

I think you captured the koan very well.
Love the pics, the blue toe made me smile :)

Angela Sullivan said...

This is such a nice blog and I so enjoyed your poetry. The photos are stunning

Anonymous said...

A fun poem with DC in the background/foreground both of poem and pics. A lovely American take on the koan. k.

izzy said...

A great attempt and very true!
thanks for reminding me about Koans!

TALON said...

I am always impressed with the quality of shots from the iphone. That photo of your daughter is gorgeous, Margaret, as is your poem. I know nothing of that form, but I love what you wrote :)

Abin Chakraborty said...

the last line was very true.and as always.great pics.

TexWisGirl said...

makes me wish for all her dreams to come true.

Ella said...

Great photos and reflective poem!
I, too love this form. I like short poems with compact views~
Yes, huge difference with travel, sightseeing pics! You did well...

Mary said...

Wonderful Koan (yes, I think you 'get' the form; and such impressive photos once again!