K is for Keep on Keeping On

I’ve loved ABC books and A-Z lists for quite a while. This post is one in a series on writing, with the subtopic of poetry.

 
To be successful, a writer must persevere. It takes time to write a novel. It takes article after article to become known in the world of journalism. It takes handling rejections along with acceptances.

 
Setting short term goals can be helpful. 1,000 words a day, or five pages, or two hours; whatever works to keep you going. Giving yourself rewards may also do the trick. When you reach a goal, buy yourself an iced café mocha with extra whipped cream or some new socks. Just don’t give up!

 
After you’ve treated yourself, get back to work. While you are waiting to hear back from a query you sent, start another article. If you get a rejection, send out that manuscript again. Just keep on keeping on!

 
My poetry focus is a Kyrielle. A Kyrielle is a French form of rhyming poetry written in quatrains (a stanza consisting of 4 lines), and each quatrain contains a repeating line or phrase as a refrain (usually appearing as the last line of each stanza). Each line within the poem consists of only eight syllables. There is no limit to the amount of stanzas a Kyrielle may have, but three is considered the accepted minimum. The rhyme pattern is completely up to the poet.

 
The following is a Kyrielle Sonnet I wrote in April, 2014.

Peaceful

Sun sparkles on the water clear
Laughter trickles from children dear
The breeze kicks up at end of day
And so we praise and so we pray

The crickets now begin their song
Evening begins to hum along
Last bit of warmth from sun’s last ray
And so we praise and so we pray

On the wind floats gardenia’s scent
And sleepy eyes are just a hint
How full the hours of love and play
And so we praise and so we pray

Moon sparkles on the water clear
And so we praise and so we pray

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