Like a blurry scrim
hanging on the back stage wall,
she veiled her feelings
as she played her role in life,
in the spotlight but aloof.


In response to WP Writing 201: Poetry, Day One. Three prompt options: 1) write a haiku or tanka; 2) include the word “screen”  or write about some type of screen; 3) use alliteration.  I’ve hit 2 out of 3. This tanka (syllabic lines of 5-7-5-7-7) uses a scrim as its primary image.  A scrim is a piece of gauze cloth that appears opaque until lit from behind — often used as a screen or backdrop in the theater.

10 thoughts on “Introvert

  1. Annie October 5, 2015 / 11:58 am

    I know how that feels! I can be a screenwriter, a makeup artist, fashion designer, anything – just don’t put me up there on the stage!

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  2. Sonya October 5, 2015 / 3:45 pm

    It may not count as alliteration, but you have a lot of s and l sounds in there. It’s a lot of fun reading it out loud, actually, despite its sombre nature. I like that contrast.

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    • lillian October 5, 2015 / 8:44 pm

      Thanks, Sonya. Glad you liked it — and yes, I read poetry aloud a lot. Always do before I commit to a piece. Thanks again!

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  3. ruthlakes October 5, 2015 / 8:14 pm

    I’d never heard of a Tanka before – a new poetry form I’ll have to try. Loved yours 🙂

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    • lillian October 5, 2015 / 8:45 pm

      Thanks so much. So glad you like it.
      Whenever I’m writing a haiku, about 70% of the time I shift to the Tanka. I must be a wordy person 🙂

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    • lillian October 6, 2015 / 3:16 pm

      ah….many many thanks! 🙂 Borrowing some props from my old high school play directing days — the scrim.

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