November Poppies

the war was over

her childhood sweetheart
didn’t return

and those blood-red
out-of-season poppies bloomed
each year in November

Kim M. Russell, 11th November 2018

November Poppies

My response to Imaginary Garden with Real Toads Fussy Little Forms: Cherita  also linked to Poets United Poetry Pantry

This weekend Marian brings us the cherita, a form created by ai li, which builds on haiku and tanka, and was inspired by the six-word story. She reminds us of Hemingway’s six-word story:’ For sale, baby shoes, never worn’.

Marian says that the cherita is a six-line poem, written in three stanzas as follows: stanza 1 consists of one line; stanza 2 of two lines; and stanza 3 of three lines. The line length is up to us. The idea is to write a short story in six lines, also including our handwritten/notebook versions.

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58 thoughts on “November Poppies

  1. Have’t seen the artificial poppies in a couple of ears. We used to get them in return for donations to veterans. I assume the poppies are still in the field, however. Not a big help, are they? On the other hand, they have been ennobled by poetry:
    “In Flanders fields the poppies blow
    Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place, and in the sky,
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly,
    Scarce heard amid the guns below. “

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