Variations on a theme

This evening, as an exercise, I tried to write essentially the same poem in three different forms:

One

Unweave the rainbow
Spread a bright skein of fancy
Across a white page

Two

The page is white,
The pen at hand:
Let words take flight
(The page is white)
In colours bright
At my command.
The page is white,
The pen at hand.

Three

The page is white
The pen at hand
Let words take flight

In colours bright
At my command.
The page is white,

My mind a-light
With vision grand.
Let words take flight,

In sweet delight
Unwind the strand.
The page is white

No more. This night
From mind and hand
Let words take flight

To fancy’s height;
There, let them land.
The page is white:
Let words take flight.

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6 Responses to Variations on a theme

  1. Reblogged this on Jane Dougherty Writes and commented:
    How to write poems…

  2. Lovely exercise in style, but I have to admit a preference for the succinctness (if that’s a word) of the haiku. It says it all, and the image is beautiful.

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