Friday, December 6, 2019

Creating Digital Art with Flair

Late autumn snow painted earth early before my neighborhood woke. Snow sparkled in its coat of white but the glorious Sun decided to restore Autumn so Winter had to wait its turn. 

This week, a slicer friend of mine, Arjeha, who writes at Two Writing Teachers Slice of Life shared a post on a poetry session attended at NCTE 19. The form discussed, Sijo, originated in Korean. While trying out the syllable count of 44-46 syllables, I attempted to introduce the poem in line 1 with 14-16 syllables, develop the poem in line 2 in 14-16 syllables, and create a twist and conclude the poem in line 3 with 14-16 syllables. 

Yesterday for Spiritual Journey first Thursday, I reflected on my one word, embrace with this digital inspiration below.
Life's a Puzzlement

For this week's Slice of Life, I chose to write a haibun, starting with a prose poem and following with a haiku based on my glorious Thanksgiving/birthday celebration with my family at Hershey Hotel in Pennsylvania:

The countryside was awake with the glow of late autumn. Stillness surrounded except for the intermittent chatter of children playing in the gardens. The landscape was regal in its color of golden-brownish hues and fresh air was plentiful. Inhaling the scent of autumn mixed with the hint of chocolate from Hotel Hershey provided a euphoric sense of contentment. 

Experimenting with poetic formats and digital tools is a wonder-filled experience that I enjoy. Thank you for joining me in my creativity playground.

seasons find time to 
dance in gratitude for life-
pause, notice, wonder
©CV, 2019

It has been a busy week so I am grateful to join Tanita Davis, host of Poetry Friday, for a toast to being grateful. 


  1. How lovely! What an array of beautiful words to find here in my early morning reading and writing hours. The idea of a hint of chocolate in the air gives me a smile. Oh, how I would love that. I grew up next to a peanut butter factory of all things. The scent of roasting day was the best! Thanks for that memory.

    1. There's a poem in that memory of yours, Linda. Maybe it will connect with mine. I am so sorry that I did not meet up with you at NCTE 19. Another time for sure... Thanks for joining me here.

  2. Love your example of Sijo. Neat twist at the end. You truly have a gift of painting pictures with your words. As far as smells in the air, we sometimes pass the Steinman plant in Harrisburg when they are baking. The smell of bread permeates the air. He are headed th Hershey Theatre today. Maybe we will get a whiff of chocolate.

    1. I did not expect a reply from you so soon but I certainly appreciate it. There is always an element of risk when trying out a new form. I love the smell of freshly baked bread but pulling off a piece that is warm is even better. Have fun at Hershey Theatre and see if a whiff of chocolate passes through the chilled air.

  3. Really love that digital painting of an autumn wood - and the accompanying poem. Some truly beautiful stuff shared here today - thank you.

  4. You entire post brims with beauty and exploration. I hope you had a very happy birthday celebration! My favorite is your last haiku with its invitation to pause and wonder.

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