Weary

Where harvest efforts sleep

Why patience means ….. to trust

Winterkill avoided

With golden reservoirs

Weathered prairie giants

Weary sentinels ….. past

Who will honour their runes?

Photo from Eyes of a Dragon – Prairie Ghost

Most prairie elevators in Alberta are now gone. Replaced by distant, centralized hubs of concrete and metal.  These iconic structures defined rural communities and no longer stand vigilant, protecting harvested abundance, ultimately shared by all. These truly are Prairie Ghosts.

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Pleiades:  This titled form was invented in 1999 by Craig Tigerman, Sol Magazine’s Lead Editor. Only one word is allowed in the title followed by a single seven-line stanza. The first word in each line begins with the same letter as the title. Hortensia Anderson, a popular haiku and tanka poet, added her own requirement of restricting the line length to six syllables.

Background of the Pleiades: The Pleiades is a star cluster in the constellation Taurus. It is a cluster of stars identified by the ancients, mentioned by Homer in about 750 B.C and Hesiod in about 700 B.C. Six of the stars are readily visible to the naked eye; depending on visibility conditions between nine and twelve stars can be seen. Modern astronomers note that the cluster contains over 500 stars. The ancients named these stars the seven sisters: Alcyone, Asterope, Celaeno, Electra, Maia, Merope, and Tygeta; nearby are the clearly visible parents, Atlas and Pleione. The poetic form The Pleiades is aptly named: the seven lines can be said to represent the seven sisters, and the six syllables represent the nearly invisible nature of one sister.

(The above explanation from Shadow Poetry)

Thanks again to Kira at The Unpoet’s Poems for introducing me to this and other Poetry Forms.

Previous Pleiades: Stellar, Trials, Harvest, Avow,

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21 thoughts on “Weary

  1. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words says:

    grain silos were the very first photos I took in photography class were…
    these olde, abandoned sentinels by railroad tracks…black and white set even within the colors of daytime…no life to give them color I think…

    I enjoy you form of poetry? and this one is dear to me as I have roots of many generations in farming…but no more, just me on my small 2.5 acres…it is in our blood I think sometimes to plant, nurture and harvest…the sentinels are forever a part of my life’s memories, you have done a wonderful job remembering them…Thank you…
    Take Care…You Matter..
    )0(
    maryrose

    • While growing up, all my summers were spent on farms, surrounded by everything rural! This was a magical place for a city kid, and when I was old enough to drive the grain trucks TO THE ELEVATORS MYSELF – the greatest responsibility possible for me! I collect various elevator art, but very hard to find, now that these Silent Custodians are gone.

      • LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words says:

        I know..I learned to drive first on a tractor…
        my grandparents farm was my sanctuary ….
        when I go back..it is all gone…except the lone pine tree my grandmother planted…I miss her orange daylilies and my grandpa’s shed that always smelled of oil cans for the tractor…
        we even had the partyline telephones, and an old wind up one on the porch 🙂 Thank you the memories your thoughts bring are very special..
        )0(

  2. I’m new to this poetry form, it’s a challenge and interesting. Your piece is a perfect accompaniment to your photo. The lighting is beautiful.

  3. kelihasablog says:

    Very nice post today! I so much enjoyed it! 😀

  4. Heartafire says:

    wonderful text!

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  6. maryamchahine says:

    Nice poem! Also liked the info on the form, which is new to me. I like it also because it uses alliteration which brings rhythm to the poem.

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