A lone chickadee sings its sweet song
Then stops before I can sing along
Todays prompt comes from @ds106 Daily Create:
— ds106 Daily Create (@ds106dc) April 10, 2020
The post leads us to “Silly Solage,” an explanation of the poetry form by poet Kathryn Apel, but let’s back up a bit.
That old and odd meaning may be why the poet and performance artist Cameron Semmons seems to have invented this “joke” form of poetry. Click for his pdf. A third way to look at is shared at Poetry Forms.
The three-line pattern is:
Line 1: any length
Line 2: any length, rhymes with line 1
Line 3: One Word — a surprise or twist based on the first two lines– the punchline
So, now you know and write a poetic joke called a “solage.”
My poem just popped out of my head, once I read the format of the poem. It just happened yesterday in my yard. I was listening to a lonely chickadee in his song and my husband captured it, but just as I was to sing along, he stopped and flew away. Probably the cat.
For more information about the chickadee — the seven kinds in North America, visit:
- Audubon’s quite funny post: Birdist Rule #71: Figure Out What Kind of Chickadee You’ve Got
- Cornell Lab: Black-capped Chickadee
Art and Poetry: by Sheri
About this post:
Be safe out there. April is time for NaPoWriMo — National Poetry Writing Month, try a bit of poetry and art to encourage others to be safe with each other. Something short. Something inclusive. Something of spring and hope. #NaPoWriMo/#GloPoWriMo
National Council of Teachers of English also offers suggestions here.
For other Out My Window poems I’ve written in better times, click here.