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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

WRITING KWANSABA POEMS, student prompt # 4

First daffodil in my front yard!

My friend Lenard Moore, one of this year's North Carolina Awards
winners in Literature, introduced me to the Kwansaba poetry form.  Go to this link on my laureate blog, My Laureate's Lasso, to read more about Lenard and the the http://ncpoetlaureate.blogspot.com/2009/05/kwansaba-poems-by-lenard-moores.html

The Kwansaba came into being as a praise song.
The Kwansaba is a poem consisting of seven lines. Each line has no more than seven words. Each word has no more than seven letters. Thus, the form, revolving around the number 7, adding up to 49 words, is based on the seven principles of the Kwanzaa celebration.

Here is a Kwansaba I just wrote, after looking up at the leafless trees outside my window,  waiting to turn green again.

March 18

Spring is almost here. I can smell
it in the wind. See my dog's 
nose twitch! He sniffs the valley air
and dreams the red fox we saw
last spring runs again along the ridge
where green gets ready to leaf out
and we get ready to sing praise!

2 comments:

Glenda C. Beall said...

How nice to have your blog post appear in my blog list today. Love this form and the poem.

Tinatin Nadiradze said...

My thoughts exactly, Glenda :)
I read Kathryn's poems in my teen years, translated into Georgian. That was before the internet era. Now i enjoy her work from this beautiful blog. <3 Love this poem!