Thursday, January 01, 2015


Happy New Year! 

2015 is off to a great start already. Here is my brand new Poetry Journal for 2015.

I need this journal because... It's time for the Poetry Seven to swing into action once again! This year we have set ourselves up to meet a huge challenge. We are going to work on a different poetry form every month, and post original poems on the last Friday of each month. I am excited and terrified at the same time. It's going to be a year of creative challenge for sure!

For January we all have been working on Triolets.  Wikipedia says this: "A triolet (/ˈtraɪ.əlɨt/ or US /ˌtriː.əˈleɪ/) is a stanza poem of eight lines. Its rhyme scheme is ABaAabAB and often all lines are in iambic tetrameter: the first, fourth and seventh lines are identical, as are the second and final lines, thereby making the initial and final couplets identical as well." Here is one of mine:

Joe's Fire

Joe, my BIL, was a firefighter for over 30 years. He is struggling with a degenerative neurological disorder something like ALS, called Multiple Systems Atrophy. He can no longer do most of the things he had most loved to do.

For all the fires you sent to ash
and all the hearts your heart kept warm;
For all the jokes your smile will flash.
For all the fires. You send to ash
your pain; it shatters with a crash,
still brave despite the coming storm.
Like all the fires you sent to ash,
keep all the hearts your heart keeps warm.

- Andromeda Jazmon 

Be sure to check out the Triolets of all the Poetry Sisters at their blogs:
Tanita , Sara, Laura, Liz , Kelly, and Trisha. We have worked together in several poetic forms before, when we challenged each other to write a PantoumRenku, a crown sonnet , villanelles, and rondeau redoubles. I am looking forward to a really fantastic, fruitful year with these Poetry Princesses!

Today's Friday Poetry Round up is hosted by Trisha at Miss Rumphius. Ring in the New Year with some fabulous poetry!


laurasalas said...

Oh, Andi. This made me tear up. I love the elegance of it, and the painful honesty of it. I also love how you bent the form a little bit in service of what you wanted to say...and how beautifully you said it. Looking forward to writing through 2015 with you. xoxox

Martha said...

Andi -you are awesome and I'm cryen now !
I can't wait to read more each friday!

Anonymous said...

This is such a beautiful and moving piece, Andi. And I'm so looking forward to the year ahead, writing poems together. xxoxoo

Anonymous said...

So sorry about your BIL's health, but that is one really wonderful tribute of a triolet!

Tricia said...

Thanks for sharing your brother-in-law's story. You've so eloquently captured his pain and strength. It's a beautiful poem.

Im so excited about the year to come!

Ms. Pflaumer said...

Beautiful words. Sorry about Joe.

tanita✿davis said...

That is a gorgeous journal.
And, I have loved this since the first time I read it. I wish I could write poetry in tribute to people I actually knew, but somehow, I find words unwieldy when I get close emotionally. Maybe that'll be a 2015 goal!

Sara said...

I wish I'd known him. What a gorgeous tribute.

Also, I love the rich color of your poetry journal! I want one.

Margaret Simon said...

I have been traveling to each triolet. Loving the diversity in the poems. This one is sad, yet full of love. "All the hearts your heart keeps warm."

Robyn Hood Black said...

So beautiful and moving, Andi - thank you for sharing. That line that got Margaret got me, too.

Best wishes to you Seven Poetry Goddesses in 2015 - lots of magic to be made and shared! [You can't go wrong with that lovely journal, either!]

Mary Lee said...

What a fabulous goal you princesses have set for yourselves...and lucky us to be able to come along for the ride!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing this lovely tribute to your brother-in-law. Best wishes to you and your family.