Twitterku: 140 characters with a four-line, AABB rhyme scheme, with at least one internal rhyme and some use of alliteration, written in one line with a forward-slash to indicate line breaks.
I thought it would be fun to gather the twitter-ku’s in one place to trace the progress of this emerging “art form”☺. They’ll be listed with the newest effort at the top, and updated in a totally random manner! Hope you enjoy.
Gathering lavender amid rocky ground / I snip silver stems as all around / from spike to purple spike, drunken bees / lazily lumber and brush by my fingers as they please.
Mowing knee deep in meadow green / clouds of gnats spiraling away, keen / to escape the motor’s whir / the house wren springs up from the cedar tree, startled wings a blur.
Grey cloud cat, a silky haired goddess / the beauteous Venus, Diana the Huntress / Kali devourer of the hearts of men / the glory of Isis, victorious Nike asleep in the sun
Startled petals drift sadly upon / a slightly blustery breeze driven down / from now leaden skies / The trees shiver as rain takes tender pale jade-green leaves by surprise
A sultry night, stars’ edges blurred by summer’s moist exhale.
In the magnolia tree, a night bird calls. The breeze cools me,
swinging slow beneath the sweet blossoms.
Where is God but in a bird?
The flexing bright muscle, voracious feeding, rapturous flight:
sweet song, flashing feathers, earth and flesh and sky, vitality abounds!
An important figure to us early on was Stephen Gaskin, who authored Monday Night Class and Caravan — two wonderful, rambling and insightful collections of writings and teaching. A few years ago (maybe 2005) Stephen came to Asheville to speak about political action and making change happen. Dennis and I went to hear him in the little back courtyard of a local book and coffee shop. Here’s a picture of Stephen and Dennis.
Stephen had always been a hero figure to us — the über hippie. Founder of The Farm in Summerville Tennessee, a successful and long-standing intentional community (aka commune). Husband to Ina May Gaskin, author of numerous books on midwifery and worldwide expert on natural birth. A Tripster and Jokester with serious spiritual chops. We we so delighted to meet him and actually get to talk for a while.
Then we were shocked — really really shocked — to find out that not only had Dennis tripped more times than the über hippie, but I had too! Stephen seemed a little stunned to hear our tales. Who knew?
4/19/09: Just browsing some and came across Stephen’s website: www.stephengaskin.com. Reading excerpts from his writings was such a joy. His wisdom and understand really were remarkable and his constancy fills me with gratitude. This was a day for reconnecting with my sources of wisdom and energy. What a blast.