Across the page my pen does fly
If, not, why
A pathway straight to and from my . . .
He, she, I
. . . Brain

I tell my story, tell again
First, next, then
Revise and edit with my pen
House, place, den

Written by Stella Hallberg, my granddaughter, who will soon be 11. She and I trade poetry prompts each month. She decided we would start the year with the same word, scheherazade. This is her poem….as she wrote it. No edits by me. It fits beautifully with Bjorn’s prompt for today at dVerse. He asks us to recognize the importance of silence in poetry. Silence can be illustrated with various punctuation, including the ellipsis . . . which Stella uses in her poem. Stella explained to me “The syllable pattern is something I might have made up. I did 8, 3, 8, 3, 1 twice, but at the end I added 5, 4. Do you like it?”  Yes, Stella, I do! 🙂



17 thoughts on “Scheherazade

  1. kanzensakura January 4, 2018 / 11:37 am

    Oh Lillian. Thank you for sharing this with us! Stella is truly a star in the dark night. What an incredible poem. You go Stella! Write on!


  2. mandibelle16 January 4, 2018 / 12:05 pm

    Esutiful piece 🙂


  3. hypercryptical January 4, 2018 / 1:22 pm

    Well done Stella! A poet already in the making!
    Anna :o]


  4. Adda January 4, 2018 / 2:01 pm

    Stella – your name fits you well – a star you are! Well done!


  5. little learner January 4, 2018 / 3:14 pm

    Talent runs in your family! You are both wonderful poets!


  6. dornahainds January 4, 2018 / 4:17 pm

    Fantabulous story telling for a young writer! 😎😎😎🥀🥀🥀


  7. jillys2016 January 4, 2018 / 5:56 pm

    I love that you two do this! The patterns in this poem and the use of punctuation to signal the reader are brilliantly done!


  8. Charley January 4, 2018 / 5:56 pm

    Keep writing, Stella! Awesome job.


  9. Mary (tqhousecat) January 4, 2018 / 8:20 pm

    Your granddaughter is gifted for sure! I was confused by the prompt. She did it naturally! Beautiful!


  10. rothpoetry January 4, 2018 / 10:08 pm

    How wonderful that you share words with your granddaughter! How archaic these days!!
    She did a great job of writing how she wanted it read.


  11. Truedessa January 4, 2018 / 10:58 pm

    Stella did a fantastic job, keep that pen ready…


  12. Laura Bloomsbury January 5, 2018 / 4:19 pm

    sensational pace Stella – like the sound of a feather duster, brushing up on words. Wonderful!


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