Written for B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond – Didactic Poem. The didactic poem carries a lesson of some sort. As it is characterised by its content, it is thus not restricted by its form. Therefore I chose to write a Shadorma (a poetic form consisting of a six-line stanza (or sestet). The form is alleged to have originated in Spain. The syllable count for each stanza is 3/5/3/3/7/5).
“New friends, like one’s best coat and patent-leather boots, are only intended for holiday wear. At other times they are neither serviceable nor comfortable; they do not answer the required purposes, are ill adapted to give us the ease we seek. A new coat, however, has this advantage, that in time it will become old and comfortable; so much can by no means be predicted with certainty of a new friend.”
Written for Heeding Haiku With HA: Friendship. My best friendships started a little clunky, but now our they have acquired the familiarity of an old coat – we fit just right. Oh, the putty bit refers to the fact that, although it may appear to be a minor detail at times, it fills and adds to the final product.
I made you smile today and I don’t know
how it was I raised your ashen voice
above the wings you bear, dear eyes,
for centuries cold like sad-stone
waiting for expulsion
from nothing into
something e’er new
this time, as