Poetry at the Post: Dreaming in Calligraphy

Dream of Ink Brush Calligraphy
BY KAREN AN-HWEI LEE

In prayer:
quiet opening,
my artery is a thin
shadow on paper—

The Georgian calligraphy is centuries-old tradition of an artistic writing of the Georgian language with its three scripts."მარიამისეული ქართლის ცხოვრება" by Buba Kudava - Georgica.ac.ge. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons
The Georgian calligraphy is centuries-old tradition of an artistic writing of the Georgian language with its three scripts.”მარიამისეული ქართლის ცხოვრება” by Buba Kudava – Georgica.ac.ge. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Day 13’s prompt for NAPOWRIMO, or 30 poems in 30 days, is to write a riddle poem. I’m not a fan of riddles although I do love calligraphy, or the art of writing—especially scripts that one cannot “riddle out.”

Here is my only attempt at a poem that contains a riddle.

After Gerard Manley Hopkins* by Alice-Catherine Jennings

Look at the ant! Look down at the earth!
O look at the anthills, perfectly round, nary a square!
Tiny insects leave their scent trails, here, there.
They follow their leader in tandem, hard at work.
The pale purple butterflies so full of mirth
Wings beat kindly on desert poppies rare.
They sip water off petals damp, devoid of care.
All is well! Days to death unknown at birth.


On Calligraphy by Mi Fu, Song Dynasty
On Calligraphy by Mi Fu, Song Dynasty

“After Gerard Manley Hopkins” first appeared in Pyramid, January 2010

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