East Meets West Poetry Mash Up

I’m trying a new to me poetry form this week. Perusing the hundred forms listed on http://www.writersdigest.com I noted haiku sonnet. That has to be the ultimate east meets west poetry mash up. I checked it out. It has fourteen lines like a sonnet, but otherwise keeps to the no rhyme, syllabic format of haiku and tanka. It sticks to the 5-7-5 for the four stanzas and then finishes off with a couplet of 7-7 syllables. Poetry practice this morning has had a bash at the mash up of weather channel meets I Ching (The Book of Changes). Which often advises that the superior man waits.

While We Wait

Air pollen sticky
A sultry silken shawn thrown
over warm shoulders

No breeze blowing, so
Still - but for bird chatter
A restlessness there

It's the itch we scratch
While we wait for the next shoe
to drop. Or something.

Weather vanes are good.
They see the way it's coming
But then. What to do?

Ancients knew that weather rules
what is inevitable

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