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The somonka - a Poetry Friday post

Today's Poetry Friday post is a somonka - a form of poetry that is often a correspondence form. It's basically a love poem written in two voices, using two tankas. (Here is a post on tanka construction, one on how the parts of a tanka relate to one another, one on tanka feminism, and final tanka thoughts.

Often, a somonka will be written by two poets in correspondence. My poetry sisters and I opted to write both parts of our poems ourselves. Here is mine for this week. I have to say, having done it, that I really want to write more of these. Like, a LOT more of them. So I guess I need to write Liz Garton Scanlon a big thank-you note, since this form was her choice.

You unfolded
as slow as a flower bud,
sharing your secrets
reluctantly at the start,
now confident of my love.

I learned not to trust
too easily—in the past
I was badly burnt.
You coaxed me with open hands,
with open heart, and with love.

And here are links to the works of my lovely poetry sisters:


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( 15 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 6th, 2017 01:01 pm (UTC)
Oh, Kelly. This is just lovely. It almost feels like part of Wedding vows, ahem. Xo, laura.
Jan. 6th, 2017 04:11 pm (UTC)
Oh my! Well, thank you!!!
Linda Baie
Jan. 6th, 2017 03:32 pm (UTC)
Your somonka
It's a wonderful love poem, Kelly. I imagine a collection of these as a memoir would be special. Happy New Year!
Jan. 6th, 2017 04:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Your somonka
Happy New Year! And that is an interesting notion - one I hadn't thought of!
TS Davis
Jan. 6th, 2017 05:43 pm (UTC)
Now, HERE'S a proper love poem. I just can't DO these, but this is lovely. The "open hands, coaxing" makes me think of trying to get a pet or a reluctant, shy child to come over.
Jan. 6th, 2017 11:33 pm (UTC)
I wanted to write about trust and secrets. I really ended up liking this form!
Kay McGriff
Jan. 6th, 2017 07:44 pm (UTC)
What a lovely love poem, especially hearing both perspectives. I've enjoyed reading several tankas today and want to explore this form more.
Jan. 6th, 2017 11:34 pm (UTC)
Re: Lovely
This form was fun to write. The guidelines are really simple - dialogue in two voices using two tankas. Usually a love poem.
Sara Lewis Holmes
Jan. 6th, 2017 09:33 pm (UTC)
Love poems, through and through. I hope you write many more!
Jan. 6th, 2017 11:34 pm (UTC)
I think I will!
Alice Nine
Jan. 6th, 2017 11:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you for introducing me to a this form of poetry through your beautiful love poem. I have made note in my journal to try writing a somonka. Thinking of students, I can see this as an interesting way to practice point of view.
Jan. 10th, 2017 12:01 am (UTC)
Re: Lovely
That's a great idea for students. Depending on what grade you take, it would make a fun Romeo & Juliet assignment.
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Jan. 10th, 2017 12:01 am (UTC)
Mitchell Linda
Jan. 7th, 2017 05:16 pm (UTC)
sigh & swoon
Lovely, old-fashioned sentiment in today's words. Sigh and swoon. It really is very lovely. I so enjoy the contributions of the Poetry Sisters. They rock!
Jan. 10th, 2017 12:02 am (UTC)
Re: sigh & swoon
Thanks, Linda. I love writing with my friends each month.
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