O mind, I beseech thee, be at rest
Your monkeying about, proves a test

Alone we travel upon this earth
Departing in death, the same as in birth


Crystalline Form: 

Wilted Flowers 

Wind scatters wilted flowers
Decades of love lies dormant on the grave

Night Rain

Tonight the rain drums out a tune
Tree frog joins in with rhythm’s measure

Moon Shadow 

Moon casts blend of shadow and light
Dimness envelopes slinking, black cat 

Angelic Clouds

Restless spring wind, gusts and lulls
Dandelions lift in angelic clouds


Chun Lian Form: 

Snow melt trickles down mountain
Spring crops flourish in abundance
Emerging warmth brings cheer


dVerse Poets:  Form For All–Couplets for the New Year with Gay Reiser Cannon

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  1. Such a nice variety here… Wilted Flowers is my favorite. Best wishes to you in 2012!


  2. wow you put on a symposium on all of these…great writes…i like the second half of your couplet for its truth and the last for expanding my mind visually….


  3. WOW is right. That’s all I could think after my first read through! You did it all and superbly! I am humbled. Kudos on taking on all three and actually surpassing the model for Chun-lian! It’s truly brilliant in its subleties. Then the exquisite pivots in the Crystallines and the dualities of the couplets. I can’t stop gushing. Fabulous! Gay


    • Wow! Now I’m going to gush with my gratitude. I found all of these forms so enticing and had to try them all.. and I thank you, Gay, for introducing them to me. I appreciate your very generous comments for me as well.


  4. How creative ~ You tried your hand in all the forms.

    I specially like the last one ~

    Wishing you Happy New Year ~

    Cheers ~


  5. Wow! Gorgeous writing!


    • Many thanks for the kind nominations. I see you’ve also nominated me for the Kreativ Blogger Award…never got that one before. I’ll check it out.


  6. Love them all, but my fav is the first one. Sharing this on the CC FB page 🙂


  7. Heh, I’ve also nominated you for the Kreative Blogger award. Seems I can’t keep up :/


  8. Shawna

     /  December 30, 2011

    This is my favorite:

    “Moon casts blend of shadow and light
    Dimness envelopes slinking, black cat “


  9. Hey sorry… I didn’t get a chance to inform you earlier…

    I’ve nominated you for an award – : )

    My guess is you’ve got it before.. : ) Even then you deserve it.


    • Thank you for the recognition, SR. I have gotten it before and have just today received it twice more! Wow…thanks so very much. 🙂


  10. hedgewitch

     /  December 30, 2011

    Very nice runthrough of all the various aspects of the couplet–and neat poems in themselves as well. My favorites would have to be the second couplet and the first crystalline. Happy New Year to you.


  11. Androgoth

     /  December 31, 2011

    A wonderful posting Gayle 🙂

    Have a truly wonderful start to your New Year in 2012
    my wickedly fine great friend and thank you for being
    such a very nice friend in 2011 🙂 😉

    Androgoth XXx


    • I was just heading over to your place/space and saw this first. Thank you too for being a faithful reader and friend, Androgoth. I’ll see you in 2012. 😉

      Have a Happy New Year! xoxo


  12. well thought couplets.

    love how you placed each in categories, well done.

    Happy New Year.


  13. the couplets are really deep.

    i like Chun Lian Form best


    • Thank you. I liked doing that Chun Lian form too…I’d like to make one and hang on my door for the Chinese New Year…hehe.


  14. These are ALL so well wrought that it is hard to pick a favorite! I’ve never tried the crystalline or Chun Lian forms but you seem to have taken the ball and run with it. Did it take you very long to write these? They are fantastic!


    • I had never heard of or tried those forms either and really enjoyed them. No, it didn’t take me very long…just had to make sure the right amount of syllables were in there for the Crystalline…similar to haiku.

      I’m so pleased that you like them, Corina…thanks.


  15. “Wilted Flowers” I thought especially crystalline imagery, although each of these couplets is a little gem. 🙂


    • I like the challenge of the “less is more” of these types of writes. The masters of these are phenomenal. Thanks for your visit, Siubhan, and kind comment.



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