Disturbing’s Other’s Peace
(A Chinese Free Style Poem)
Speed boats on the river can often be annoying. Their noise disturbs the peace, even when in a larger boat. In a small craft, like a canoe, the waves created by their wake can be dangerous. These men are annoying, but before I cast a stone, make sure that my own house is in order. Do I behave like them in any way? This is a shot that I took while on a recent Mississippi river cruise.
This poem is styled after what I think is a Chinese format that I was introduced to by Alan K Pease, a fellow FanStorian, in his poem: Snow Leopard. He stated that it emulated the style of the famous Chinese Poet, Tuo Ssu. I searched the internet and couldn’t find any instruction in the style that was helpful, so I analysed Alan’s poem and tried here to emulate his. Here is what I came up with.
It is a free verse poem.
Start with a 7 line stanza beginning with three gerunds (words ending in “ing”) that describe the image you have in mind. Then, in the remaining lines describe what, why, how,how, how, with a closing “but”.
Now write 2 lines, each that relate to the image.
Follow that with 5 lines, where 3 oppose the image and 2 strive to explain the cause.
Then write 3 lines that embelish the theme with a question.
Follow with 5 lines that relate to this image by questioning yourself, At least 2 questions.
After that, write 6 lines that connect the whole to yourself, which inquires what to do and ponders the resolution, in questions.
I chose to add a closing comment as an envoi.
I hope I got it. I’ll ask Alan how I did. This is my attempt at it. Hope you like it.
The photograph was taken by the author himself on October 16, 2015.