Rooting Camillias

Also Small Stone – Day 20

Carpe Diem’s current and 9th episode of “Little Ones” is challenging us to write “American Sentences”.  This is a poetic form developed by Allen Ginsberg in the mid-1980′s as a response to the haiku.  The challenge is to use two images and put them in juxtaposition in order to create a sort of tension.  American Sentences would be seventeen syllables across the page.

To me, this is similar to a mindful moment or small stone.

       Last days diminishing – bound to oxygen – rooting camellias


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Prompt:
American Sentence

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About becca givens

Becca is an artist, poet, and animal communicator. She delights in cooking, nurturing, and sharing a rich spiritual life with others on the Path.
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6 Responses to Rooting Camillias

  1. phylor says:

    Wow — I didn’t realize that Ginsberg had created an Americanized haiku structure. And, wow, I sure do like what you wrote; seems like a great example of the art of the American sentence.

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  2. It’s really in your alley Becca, you have written a nice American Sentence, which even can be given form as a haiku … very well done.

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  3. Becca, I should think the American Sentence is right up your alley. You have the contemplative eye for it and are so good at haiku. Besides that, this proves my point!

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  4. shoreacres says:

    I counted and counted and couldn’t get it right – until I realized the pronunciation of “camellia” was making the difference. I give it only three syllables!

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