Poetry Friday: A Zeno Challenge

It’s the first Friday of the month, so it time for another Sunday Night Swaggers Challenge. This month, Margaret Simon challenged us to write zenos. Invented by J. Patrick Lewis, a zeno is a ten line form with a 8-4-2-1-4-2-1-4-2-1 syllable sequence an abcdefdghd rhyme scheme. Learn more about Pat and this form here. After a few false starts, I went for a walk to clear my head. As often happens, this poem was waiting for me.

Swirling, twirling like autumn leaves,
summer songbirds
flock, take
toward steamy,

Draft © Catherine Flynn, 2019

Photo by Autumn Mott Rodeheaver on Unsplash

Read more zenos by my Swagger friends on their blogs:

Heidi Mordhorst at My Juicy Little Universe
Linda Mitchell at A Word Edgewise
Margaret Simon at Reflections on the Teche
Molly Hogan at Nix the Comfort Zone

Please be sure to visit Cheriee Weichel at Library Matters for the Poetry Friday Roundup.

10 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: A Zeno Challenge

  1. I love the comparison of songbirds to leaves and these wonderful words of imagery, “kaleidoscope


  2. I am enjoying reading all of your Zenos today. Like Margaret, Kaleidoscope whirling bright, grabbed my attention here. I have added this form to my want to try list!


  3. Well done! I like how in the restriction of the “rules” you wrote a poem that feels like it’s moving. It pairs perfectly with the photograph of the leaves swirling.


  4. We didn’t have as many bright songbirds this year…I don’t think I saw a single goldfinch. I’m glad to at least have the memory of enough to make a whirling twirl…

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