planting poet-tree


time to plant a poet-tree

gently dig a loamy hole

water roots creatively

fertilize with wit and soul


nurtured by attentive love

sapling poet-tree will grow

spread out branches, shelter dove

harvest of ripe fruits bestow




The tanaga form is part of an oral tradition going back to the early 16th century (eg. Twinkle, twinkle little star). It comes in stanzas of four lines with seven syllables per line. It often rhymes, even rhyming each line of a stanza on the same rhyme sound, but it can have variable rhyme patterns. It can also have more than one stanza. Frank hosts tanaga prompt at dVerse Poets.

autumn fullness

photo credit:  “wet leaves” by David Slotto,  featured at dVerse  (too late to link post)


color-full ideas

ripen with passing season

inspiration rains/reigns

poet living inside head

forgets to water houseplants

savour the journey

each of us

chooses our own

pace on this

journey of life


some people rush by in a frantic hurry to get ahead of the rest


the poets



start and stop,




the weed that


in the




Grace interviews one of dVerse Poets  founders, Brian Miller, and offers quadrille prompt on word, “journey”. 

un(rap) it!


hey yo, poet

ah wanna know (no,no)

do ya know it?

see startin’ today (say yay)

it’s Na Po Wri Mo!

oh… say it mo’ slow?

sho’… Na–Po–Wri–Mo

so now that ya know it

just go fo’ it, poet!




April is National Poetry Writing Month!

–and yes, i’m an april fool 🙂