I took your picture; you took mine. Then, a turtle – Summer! the first day.
(No need to mention Walmart.
Nobody thinks that’s much fun.)
© 2017 – Laurel Archer
This summer could be different. For years the guys have been the summer adventurers – hikes, gondolas, up town, down town, around town – while the girls have stayed home. That was our routine and it worked. But routines have changed and this leaves Emma and I surprisingly free to be a little more adventurous.
So what’s a poet-mom to do but muse and write it down (If Emma was prone to the eye roll, it would be inserted here. She’s more inclined to put her foot down…but I think she’s actually up for this. Not probably the poetry, but getting out there.).
Allen Ginsberg, an American poet, adapted the Haiku into what he considered a form more suited to English. Simply he strung the 17 syllables of the Haiku, ordinarily arranged in three lines of 5/7/5, into one line of poetry. He called them American Sentences and this is the form I want to build around for this summer writing project, guided by outings with my daughter Emma. They will be our Summer Sentences, a poetic album of our wanderings together.
And already I’m adapting the form. Above, I have added on what would be the final two lines of a Tanka. Tanka is another Japanese form of poetry consisting of 5 lines. The first three lines are a Haiku (5/7/5/) and the final two lines of 7 syllables each.