Winter: A Katuata #WritingwithWoolf #NationalPoetryMonth #NaPoWriMo2020

For National Poetry Month, I’m writing poems inspired by words, lines, or images from Virginia Woolf’s Diary.

It’s nearly seventy degrees today, but another snowstorm with six inches of snow is in the forecast this weekend. Very South Dakota.

A katuata is a Japanese form that is new to me. It’s a 19-syllable poem with lines divided into 5/7/7 syllables.

Here’s the line from Woolf that inspired the poem: “a prelude of Spring–the vague discomfort & melancholy & a feeling of having come to anchor.”

Day #10: Winter

anchoring season,
winter–dormant, steady, still–
nature’s skeleton revealed

One thought on “Winter: A Katuata #WritingwithWoolf #NationalPoetryMonth #NaPoWriMo2020

  1. Six inches of snow? Wow. Here’s my North Alabama answer to your poem. I’m not rubbing it in, really, I’m not. I’m a native Ohioan, so I *almost* know what you’re experiencing. Thank you for your poem!

    Mid April, a katuata

    A time of changing
    Leaves and flowers emerging
    Springtime in Alabama

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