Lonely Flower #haiku #photography #poetry

Striving Alone

 dead the stone grass

no home for me

(this photograph and haiku led to the Villanelle below)

Striving all alone

none can understand

I lie here as a stone


you hear not my pain’s groan

faint lifting of my hand

striving all alone


stripped clean like a bone

winter fell upon this land

I lie here as a stone


love I failed to own

life sifted like the sand

striving all alone


cold cannot atone

dark heart they call you man

I, silent as a stone


death has called me home

relieved of golden band

strived this life alone

I lie here as a stone


 This “Little Ones” episode is about the Burmese poetry form ‘Thanbauk’. It consists of three lines of four syllables each. Traditionally, they are full of humor. It also has a rhyme in it. The rhyme is on the fourth syllable of the first line, the third syllable of the second, and on the second syllable of the third.


The highly structured villanelle is a nineteen-line poem with two repeating rhymes and two refrains. The form is made up of five tercets followed by a quatrain. The first and third lines of the opening tercet are repeated alternately in the last lines of the succeeding stanzas; then in the final stanza, the refrain serves as the poem’s two concluding lines. Using capitals for the refrains and lowercase letters for the rhymes, the form could be expressed as: A1 b A2 / a b A1 / a b A2 / a b A1 / a b A2 / a b A1 A2.

Carpe Diem’s freestyle prompt Lonely Flower


8 thoughts on “Lonely Flower #haiku #photography #poetry

  1. I am not famîliar with the Villanelle, looks complex and difficult. Lôve to know more, so I think this poetry-form will be the theme of the next ‘little ones’. Thank you for sharing Leslie.


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