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Day Three

I haven’t been really following the NaPoWriMo prompts. I find some of my best inspiration comes from my early 7AM commute to work as an English teaching assistant in France. I live in Bordeaux, but I have to take a tram to the train station and then take a train to the school in a small town of about 5,000 people where I actually work. As such, I get to see some inspiring sunrises and landscapes. I’m still experimenting with haiku: it’s the perfect form for nature poetry, as far as I’m concerned, because it forces you to condense intense images into very few words. However, I also started experimenting with tanka as well. It’s another Japanese poetry form and is quite similar to haiku. Unlike haiku, though, tanka has 5 lines consisting of 5-7-5-7-7 syllables, so it’s a big longer and has more room for description. Today I was feeling especially inspired and managed to write quite a few poems, two of which I will save for “day four,” so I can catch up.

wisps of slate caress
cold fingers amongst cobalt blues;
when does the rose bloom?

I inhale fresh air—
white houses and leafy trees
rush by in the fog
of early morning commutes—
orange tinted horizons.

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