A to Z Challenge – J is for Justice

April 11, 2015 at 12:05 am | Posted in A-Z Blogging Challenge 2015, Poetry | 9 Comments
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A2Z-BADGE [2015] - Life is Good

During my most creative and productive years, when I still had the enthusiasm and energy for my writing, I entered many competitions. A lot of these were on wordpress.com. Some were for short stories, and a lot were for poetry. Through entering these competitions, I encountered many different forms of poetry, and wrote them too. Some were better than others.

One form, with which I was previously unfamiliar, was the pleiades. This was

invented in 1999 by Craig Tigerman, Sol Magazine‘s lead editor.

The poetry form name comes from the star cluster Pleiades in the constellation Taurus, which consists of hundreds of stars, though only six are visible. In Classical Mythology. seven daughters of Atlas and half sisters of the Hyades, were placed among the stars to save them from the pursuit of Orion. One of them (the Lost Pleiad,) hides, either from grief or shame. The Seven Sisters were Alcyone, Asterope, Celaeno, Electra, Maia, Merope and Tygeta. Nearby in the cluster are the parents, Atlas and Pleione, which are clearly visible.

The Pleiades form consists of the following:

A one-word title;

Seven lines, each beginning with the same letter as the title;

Each line is usually six syllables, but can be longer.

Here is the Pleiades poem I wrote for a competition:

Justice

Judges, uphold rule of law;

Juries decide outcomes,

Juggling fact and fiction.

Judicial process becomes a

Juggernaut, lumbering,

Jealously guarding forms’ sake;

Jeopardising true justice.

(c)  Linda Visman

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