Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge No. 128: Spring & Sing, Synonyms Only
The last eight weeks, our family went through many special occasions and experienced extreme emotions.
My nephew got married on January 19 this year. He met Summer when they studied for the master’s degree program. Enoch speaks Cantonese and Summer speaks Mandarin. During their courtship, they learned each other’s language. Of course, Summer’s parents speak Mandarin and my sister Yolanda, her husband Patrick and their daughter Eva speak Cantonese. Some family and friends speak English. So, the wedding was conducted in three languages. The vows in the wedding ceremony were done in Mandarin. During the break of the evening wedding banquet, Enoch serenaded Summer in Cantonese. It was the most romantic song I had ever heard.
The wedding was a whole day event. The groom and best men played the games responding to the bridesmaids when picking up the bride in the morning. The church wedding followed by a garden cake cutting ceremony in the afternoon, and the nine-course banquet in the evening.
The family and friends rejoiced with the young couple and celebrated the new beginning of their marriage.
My niece’s first child
Into the family
Eager waiting is over
Magic of baby’s first cry
Cast away worries and doubts in mind
Mother’s painful labor forgotten
Holding and beholding the miracle
Amazed by life’s fresh beginning
Shared by parents, grandparents
Siblings, aunts and uncles
New page of a book
Invites us all
To pen in
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Four winter rains
Came seven days straight
Brought sixteen inches water
Measure by the water gauge
Garden soil soaked many inches down
Best time to add nutrient and prepare
Spring’s glorious blossoms coming to town
My chirping friends of mourning doves, blue jays
House finches, song sparrows and hummingbirds
Flapping back after southern stay
Crossing a thousand miles
With no GPS, satellite
Brought us big smiles
By showing up
January 12 to 20, 2019, a group of family members from West Coast of the U.S.A. traveled to Hong Kong to celebrate my nephew’s wedding, a joyous begging of a new journey. It was a marathon ceremony of playing Chinese traditional games when the groom picked up the bride in the morning. The games were set by the bridesmaids and responded by the groom and best men. Only when all the games were responded, the door was open for the groom to pick up the bride. Then a modern church wedding and garden cake ceremony were held in the afternoon, and a nine-course Chinese banquet was served in the evening when the bride and mother-in-law (my sister) changed their gowns four times.
“It’s the first of the month and poets get to choose their own words!” – Colleen Chesebro
Gusty wind blasts
Snaps exposed tree limbs
Endless streams splash puddles
Muddy rain water splatters
Under squeaky vehicles
No desire to fight no-win battle
Sit by the fire sipping hot chocolate
Please enjoy the fabulous poems this week for Colleen’s Poetry Challenge and read Poet of the week, Jane Daugherty’s Winter Beauty.
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PLEASE NOTE: Don’t forget to count your syllables. Use this site: howmanysyllables.com.Click on the workshop tab. Then, copy and paste your poem into the box, and click “count syllables” at the bottom.
For some, this challenge is a way to learn more about writing in English, even though it’s the American version. English is a second language to many of our participants.
I also understand that accent and inflection play a key roll in the way you say certain words and this will change the syllable count. Here is my compromise: Please try to get as close to the syllable count as possible when writing these syllabic forms…
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