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,