NaPoWriMo 04/19/2017: Praying Mantis

2017 NaPoWriMo1

This month, I am collaborating with nonfiction author and photographer, Christy Peterson.  You are invited to write and submit a poem based on the photo in the comments.

praying mantis

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Sijo is a Korean poetic form older than haiku.  The traditional for is three lines of  14-16 syllables in each line.  The modern form is six lines of 7-8 syllables each.

For EJ

On a morning walk, I notice
a praying mantis perched on the fence
its peaceful eyes follows me

I return to share the sighting
but there’s a painful silence
where laughter once filled the room

©2017, jone rush macculloch
photo by Christy Peterson

Backstory:  On Tuesday, a former student, now a sixth grader, passed away from a lengthy illness.  He was a dear kid with a big personality.


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1 Response to NaPoWriMo 04/19/2017: Praying Mantis

  1. Wonderful poem, but such sad news. I wish your community peace and healing.

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