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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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.


  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.


  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!


  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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