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Friday 9 November 2012

Form for all - Than Bauk

Wild wind, I fear
your roar, hear and
revere your feats:

tiles thrown down streets --
stuff for tweets; stuff
that skeets on pride.

But met outside,
Bonafide friends,
wind, bide as treat!
Gay Reiser Cannon provides this rather tricky prompt at dVerse Poets Form for all. Please visit to see how the rhyme scheme is constructed.


Elephant's Child said...

Nice one Dave, thank you. I think the power of wind is significantly underestimated. Which is my excuse for really, really not liking very windy days.

Sabio Lantz said...

Yeah, my link came after yours.
Fun poem of yours, Dave. Fun exercise, eh?
"skeet on pride" -- never heard and expression close to that. So I looked it up. Apparently it is a British dialect meaning of to spit. Or it can mean "to splash, spray". I didn't know those, thanx.

Brian Miller said...

stuff for tweets...ha that is the nature of today, everything is entertainment...wild wind def has a mind of its own....and something to be taken seriously....like our derecho this summer...nicely done to form sir...

Dave King said...

The Elephant's Child
I do enjoy being out on a windy day, but not indoors -- but then it does depend upon my mood.

Thanks for this skeet as an adjective means poor quality, below par, as a verb it can mean to spit (as you say), to besmirch - or to ejaculate.

Mmm, I somehow feel most tweets are on subjects rather more trivial than invigorating winds!

Mary said...

You mastered the form, Dave, and came up with an interesting poem! Nice.

Ygraine said...

I could almost HEAR the wind howling as I read this!
Truly evocative of this most powerful of elements.
A brilliant write as ever, Dave :)

Carl said...

Having been through a hurricane and a n'oreaster in the last two weeks this one is very true!

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Claudia said...

wind is such a powerful nature force and i fear his roar too when it's getting too wild...cool use of the form..the stuff for tweets made me smile..that's the time we live in...

Nilanjana Bose said...

Enjoyed this cool take on the form, thanks

Jeff said...

Great work on this from start to finish. Well done!

Anonymous said...

Lovely. This form suits you. Enjoyed your poem very much.

Cressida de Nova

Anonymous said...

very interesting... you really aced the form. wonderful.

Unknown said...

A sharp commentary within a strict form, excellent!

Beachanny said...

I think you mastered this so innovatively (by the way..love sneaking "bonafide" in there. That word was in common use when I was young and it's rarely heard in the U.S. anymore). I grew up on the high plains of Texas. The wind has been an old companion of mine. It feels somewhat the same up in Yorkshire I felt. Thank you for this. I always love where your poems take me!

Anonymous said...

Oh blow wind! Howl! ...to lightly phrase King Lear. Indeed wind has no care for one's sense of pride. An excellent use of the Than Bauk form.

Jenny Woolf said...

I like the poem but don't understand the prompt!

Bodhirose said...

Reminded me of the hurricane that swept by us here in Florida and struck up north...they are still reeling from the aftermath. Good job on this challenging form, David.

RMP said...

I too find the wind to be a crazy beast. you wielded this form quite well.

Sabio Lantz said...

Hey dude, if you want an "XLS" form for this form, Click here to see it!

kaykuala said...

Wind power is a relevant response to dangers of oil! More so when depletion is an added concern. Fun verse Dave!


Cloudia said...

Storms annoy, then teach! Well done

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Dave King said...

Thanks Mary. Good to know you thought this.

Very kind words. Much appreciated.

Guess I should apologise for reminding you...

Thanks Claudia. I found it tough, but I, too, managed a smile - eventually!

Hi, and welcom to the blog. Thanks for saying this.

A warm welcome. Thanks for the kind comment.

So Good of you to say so - and so good to have your company: a double thank you.

Thank you. Good to have your thoughts.

Many thanks for such a generous response. This was a challenge I didn't think I was going to meet -- but was very glad in the end that I did -- so it is especially good to have these observations.

Love the Lear quote. Thanks for this.

I understand - it did take a bit of getting into. It's the form, though, that's tricksy, not the prompt itself.

Yes, it wasn't the hurricane that suggested the content, but obviously once launched on it, it was in the mind.

Thanks. Good to get such reinforcement.

Thanks for the thought - but nothing happened. Ah, I've just had a download arrow. I'll check it out later!

Too true - the first bit - and thanks.

or Storms ahoy! Thanks.

Unknown said...

really fun write Dave. Love the way you used the form here. Quite nicely done. Thanks