Today, I had the opportunity to get blogging training, in advance of my next blogging challenge, the quarterly Ultimate Blogging Challenge. That is set to start on the first of May. The person running the training, Paul Taubman, has a website called Digital Maestro, and he is an expert in all things on line, which includes blogging, marketing, and things that are too technical for me to describe.
Part of the training included a demonstration in writing an entire blog post in five minutes. Before Paul actually did the demonstration, I thought that it was impossible. But I was wrong (hey! it happens!). The first part of the demonstration was finding a topic, so he asked those of us watching the demonstration. And he used my suggestion of “chocolate chip cookies” as the topic. And now, all of a sudden, I want chocolate chip cookies. Plus I have all of the ingredients to make a batch. But I digress (nothing unusual).
Back to the topic at hand. Writing a blog post in five minutes. Well, it’s probably not happening today, just because of the length of the introduction to this topic. But that’s all right. Maybe ten or fifteen minutes? Some of my blog posts take hours to write. Today, however, I will be more concise. Paul used a video to get content without having to spend a massive amount of time on the blog post.
My topic will be poetry. Since my letter is W, I will write a waka poem. The waka poem has five lines with different numbers of syllables prescribed to each line. It is similar in form to the tanka poem. The first line has five syllables, the second has seven, the third has five, and the remaining two have seven syllables. There are some variations on a theme, such as 5-7-7-5-7-7 (six lines)
Rhyming is unnecessary.
Version one: (5-7-5-7-7)
Books are my dear friends
that show me shining cities,
and maybe a dinosaur
while I sit on my soft chair.
A variation: (5-7-7-5-7-7)
If I get reborn,
can I be a well-loved cat
who sharpens her claws
on the sofa back
just because it feels so good
plus I get tasty cat treats.
Second variation: (5-7-5-7-5-7-5-7-5)
Tell me a story
where a hero fights a villain
under the bright moon.
And when the fighters depart,
they like each other
because no one is all good
or all rottenness
We are all just pure star dust
even if we fight.
I am guessing that I took longer than five minutes or even ten minutes but I didn’t time myself so I don’t know.
The blog post is supposed to end with a “call to action,” which basically means that I ask a question and (I hope) motivate you to comment in the comment section below.
My question will be: Would you like to write your own waka poem? What would the subject of your poems be?
3 thoughts on “W is for waka poetry”
Thank you for this post. Unfortunately I missed that training that
Paul presented yesterday. I really appreciate that summary as I’m going to participate in the Ultimate Blog Challenge for May. I look forward to your blog posts in the future.
Also, after my stroke, I have challenges with rhyming and getting words in general, so I would love to begin writing poetry.
Coincidentally, my W post WAS a Waka! You certainly were able to get a lot said in just five minutes! Wow!
Waka sounds like a fun format I would give it a try