I am a writer and lighthouse keeper near Tofino, B.C., Canada. When Life is tough, for a friend or myself, I often rally with the expression: Onwords! Upwords! hence the title of this blog. At one brief point in my previous career in publishing, I called myself Wayword Promotions and helped colleagues figure out publishing contracts, organize reading tours and the like. Now I'm relaunching my own writing career. Onwords!
Sunday, April 12, 2015
Poem #11 for Poetry Month-Japanese Mondo
The Japanese mondo is the perfect form for short snappers,
only two lines, non-metric, non-rhyming. The book, The Shapes of Our Singing, recommends using at least a 5 and 7 syllable
The crucial elements are that the first line is a question which is answered,
in as profound, subtle or downright elusive a manner as possible, by the second line. I’ve written quite
a few about rain and fog... This photo was taken in 2011 when I was working at the Cape Scott Lightstation in December. It has dramatic weather, to put it mildly, and amazing beaches nearby. We got soaked nearly every time but it was so wonderful and wild that we just got used to it!