Alexis and I have been slowly working through Find Your Voice: A Guided Poetry Journal for Your Heart and Your Art by Noor Unnahar. The prompts are building, teaching us about the many schools of poetry and poetic devices.
This one is from the section about anaphora, a device that uses repetition to create rhythm and emphasis within a poem. “One thing about anaphora,” as Alexis mentioned, “is that it makes it easy to rhyme your poetry.”
This is inspired by the prompt to write a poem about a long-distance relationship.
He loves me He loves me not So the daisy repeats her refrain As she dies one petal at a time In a homage to my pain. He loves me He loves me not So I ask from a distant shore Awaiting your letters, your calls That I never get anymore. He loves me He loves me not And your absence makes my heart grow fonder But I have learned the hard truth Out of sight, out of mind gives you less to ponder. We played once in a field of grass We played once in a barn The scent of fresh-cut hay The scent of a summer day A hive hidden in a tree The sting of a bee. By Mary Ann Aschenbrenner