I have been reading many different short form poems lately and getting all up in my feelings with writing. Specifically, Iíve been writing lots of westernized haiku and tanka. I know. I know. Donít come at me with how the haiku and tanka I write arenít real haiku and tanka. I know.
I just like the challenge of expressing big emotions with very tight constraints and the western version of those forms does that for me. Let me have my cake!
So I want to conscript you people to write some minimalist poetry about saying goodbye. Science tells us that when we are feeling melancholy/sad/depressed/like the world is ending that listening to melancholy music and taking in melancholy art helps us release dopamine and feel better. Some say itís because we can see other people as worse off than ourselves so we feel better. Some scientists say itís because of the perceived notion that melancholy art is more beautiful because we see ourselves in it. The fact of the matter is that when we experience art, we get a hit of dopamine from our brains. Regardless if the art is sad, happy, or just somewhere in between. And when we get a dopamine hit, we feel better.
Basically, I need you to help me get a dopamine fix! I want you write about saying goodbye. Goodbye to a love. Goodbye to a job. Goodbye to a pet. Just make it about goodbyes and make it gut wrenching!
Iím not going to make you write a westernized tanka (though you can if you want), but I am going to limit you to the 31 syllable count. A tanka has five lines where the syllable count goes 5/7/5/7/7. But I donít care how many lines you have, just write me a gut wrenching poem in only 31 syllables. The challenge here is to stop being so wordy and pack all your emotion into a single bite.
1. Write a bite sized poem about saying goodbye.
2. No more than three (3) poems per DUP persona.
3. All poems must be 31 syllables. I will be counting!
4. Letís keep it PG-13. Basically letís not get all porn-y up in here.
5. New poems only
6. No collaborations
7. Link your poems from your personal page into the comp. Do not copy and paste into the comp thread.
8. Titles do not count in the syllable count.
This will be judged by me!
Here's a handy dandy syllable counter if you need one: https://syllablecounter.net/count