Time on my Hands


Its that time of year when all the things that usually occupy my time are temporarily suspended. Free time…but it’s too hot to work in the garden for very long.

So I’m having some fun playing with poetry shapes – Reverse poems, haiku, lantern poems, mirror poems…

Below is my first attempt at a lantern poem.

The lantern is a short shape poem from Japan describing a specific one syllable noun, such as a feeling, a thing, or an abstract idea. The lantern poem takes the form of a hanging lantern, going from short to wider as the poem goes on, and then becoming short again in the final line. The purpose of the lantern poem is to illuminate the subject and re-imagine or personalize it for the reader, not just to simply define it.



Sweat beads form

Sticky damp skin


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