Conception (Reprise)

growing roots into
fertile ground

fertile ground
the protective cloak
of the earth

of the earth
talking to the moon
with stillness

with stillness
welcome the new year

always, earth
into new
patterns—open your arms wide–
inhale, welcoming

For Frank Tassone’s #haikai challenge for the New Year, and Colleen’s #tanka Tuesday challenge to write a poem of hope, I’ve written two variations of the same idea, and reprised a collage I did for an earlier #tanka Tuesday in 2019.

Colleen asked us to use our favorite form of poetry and to tell why we like it. Of course I love pantoums and all repetitive poetry, and I often write using Japanese poetic forms, but I most often write in shadorma. Somehow its rhythm and length work well with the way I express my thoughts, and when I’m stuck, it works to focus me, making me consider the exact words I’m using and why.

I used the haiku form of the first poem, with the repeating lines, in a post on kblog, but couldn’t remember where I had seen it. I’ve since discovered it is called Shi Rensa, and it was invented by Ronovan, who has his own haiku and decima challenges at RonovanWrites.

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37 responses to “Conception (Reprise)”

  1. tiffanyarpdaleo says :

    Beautiful poem and collage! Happy new year!!! 😊

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  2. Ingrid says :

    The forma you have used encapsulate the cyclical nature of life, of the earth and the whole universe. We’re in a constant state of change and every moment is the start of a new year! Wonderful words 😊

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  3. Suzanne says :

    That’s so beautiful. Happy new year.

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  4. Marje @ Kyrosmagica says :

    Lovely poems to bring in a New Year. Wishing you all the best. 🙂

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  5. boundlessblessingsblog says :

    Wonderful poem, Marta and nice way of depicting how the earth came to be formed with the beautiful birds in all their different colours.

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  6. Frank J. Tassone says :

    Reblogged this on Frank J. Tassone and commented:
    #Haiku Happenings #2: Kerfe’s latest #haikai poetry for Colleen’s #Tanka Weekly #Poetry Challenge and my current #Haikai Challenge!

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  7. merrildsmith says :

    I like the repetition and the circling in both poems, and that final welcome inhale! Happy New Year, Kerfe!

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  8. Jill Kuhn says :

    I like how you mixed butterflies and birds in your collage. It is beautiful! Your poem is fantastic as always! Happy New Year Kerfe! 😃

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  9. Colleen M. Chesebro says :

    Kerfe, this was a fabulous post. I know you love shadorma, and it seems so well suited to you. The Shi Rensa is a new form! I love how it flows. You know my love for birds so your view of the world is one of my favorites. Happy New Year and thanks for all the joy you bring with your art and poetry. ❤

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  10. robbiesinspiration says :

    These poems and the pictures are amazing, Kerfe.

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  11. Jane Dougherty says :

    Just imagine! Hard not to with that brilliant collage 🙂

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  12. Betty Hayes Albright says :

    Words and artwork — I love it all. Beautiful post, Kerfe.

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  13. Dave Kingsbury says :

    Repeating lines echo the circle of life, perhaps, one year gone another coming! HNY to you both …

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  14. Ken / rivrvlogr says :


    welcome fertile ground
    a new year

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  15. judeitakali says :

    Wonderful K. I feel almost the same way about Shadorma. But mostly for expressing deep romance in few words, it has a nice balance about it, the syllable distribution in the poem.

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  16. judeitakali says :

    Love collage oh ny

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