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Other Literature Matsu's Word Hole

Discussion in 'Non-Terraria Creations, Art, & Literature' started by Matsu, Sep 9, 2016.

  1. Matsu

    Matsu Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    A poem. Read into it what you like.

    The first glance was made and I saw,
    that ivory field trimmed with rampant sapphire.
    A place where I fit, all snug and secure
    as a key in a lock.

    I have grown older now
    and been long since removed from that lock,
    though I still jangle about with other keys
    that fit that lock.

    I think the half decade spent growing
    has changed me fundamentally.
    Though decidedly still a key
    I don’t quite seem to fit in this new lock.
  2. Matsu

    Matsu Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    And now for something with much more levity. @Jetstream ∞

    Jetstream can write a,
    haiku yes he truly can;
    but not very well.
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  3. Jetstream ∞

    Jetstream ∞ Cultist

    These are really good why didn't I know about this thread earlier
    so that's why we broke up

    See that's sort of how everything in my life goes
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  4. Matsu

    Matsu Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Two more poems. Back to new formalist trash because stylistic want/A E S T H E T I C.

    Your roots, buried dark and deep,
    within the solemn earth.
    The temperament of that earth would seep
    into you and linger, a curse.

    Your trunk, gnarled and scarred,
    bears a thousand stories.
    Many have known you and carved within
    initials and markings of love and glory.

    Your heartwood, hidden and guarded,
    is kept inside where none may see.
    Though some would claim to know your garden
    they have only seen what you let be.

    But hidden deep in your leaves and branches
    is the secret fruit of your wanted romances.

    Like flint and striker,
    when we touch sparks always fly
    and things start to burn.

    The wick catches flame,
    burning with a bright passion.
    But the fuel runs out.

    Others can see through
    and watch the fuel burn away;
    but we are blinded.

    Hidden in the shroud
    unknowing of the flame’s life
    until it is out.
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  5. Matsu

    Matsu Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    It's a cinquain and not even about a girl; how novel a concept.

    like old spun glass.
    Every day I fear that
    I may hear the crash and find you
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  6. Matsu

    Matsu Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    More poems, because it's always poems. I can already confirm that I don't like the ending couplet of this one.

    Too-small wings beat at the air,
    defiant in the face of cruel gravity,
    all to ensure larval welfare.

    That warning drone causes all to flee.
    Stripes of burnt-umber and goldenrod
    promise the incautious a fury.

    Pollen, that sweet nectar, brought back by the wad.
    The hypnotizing tremble dance of royalty
    directs each and every squad.

    The hive, an abbey
    built to please that godly queen,
    with every waxen hexagon built sharply.

    And when the cold wipes all the flowers clean
    they will wait to rebuild when it’s green.
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  7. Matsu

    Matsu Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    More poems. It's only poems. Always. Only.

    The hay(na)ku form was a new experiment for me. It's an interesting form, excited to see what else I can do with it beyond this simplistic piece.
    New shirt,
    remove one sleeve.

    Though unintentional this gwawdodyn is about a slightly spoop topic, suitable for the day I'm posting this I guess. This is also a new form for me, I'm a sucker for syllabic forms so I really dig it.
    Flowing. A fierce vermillion deluge,
    carrying an iron payload. Smooth
    voyages its only wish. Those clannish
    distinctions it makes have no refuge.
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2017
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  8. 『Voltear』

    『Voltear』 Skeletron Prime

    This is also a
    new form for me, I'm a suck
    er for syllabic

    did I do it right?
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  9. Matsu

    Matsu Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    "Choosing to have your line break cut off a word is an interesting stylistic choice. In revision try ending line two with a compound word (cannot, firefly, softball, etc.), it would help things flow more easily and would lead to some interesting interpretations based on how one reads the lines.

    In addition subverting the typical nature theme of a haiku is a safe play when trying to inject new formalist elements, though may I suggest going even more out of the norm by maybe including a technological/industrial theme."

    And that kids, is what I've spent 4 years learning how to do.
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  10. 『Voltear』

    『Voltear』 Skeletron Prime

    Last edited: Nov 3, 2017
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  11. Matsu

    Matsu Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    It is actually only poems anymore. Expect change next semester maybe.

    Anyway, it's a lune. Also known as the American haiku, a good quick form for if you hypothetically need a poem for class tomorrow while the combination of midterms and various Pathfinder campaigns have ground your free time to nil. Have fun.

    sand grains have no legs
    but manage
    to get everywhere
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  12. Matsu

    Matsu Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Can confirm, it will still be poems next semester.

    So it's a shadorma. Spanish, syllabic, fun times. Yes I will try to remember to actually link info about the forms from now on.

    The die rolls,
    a rumbling cannon.
    The number
    shows me how
    this fake life will go tonight.
    Please let me roll high.
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  13. 『Voltear』

    『Voltear』 Skeletron Prime

    But you keep choosing low
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  14. Matsu

    Matsu Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Two poems.

    A tanka, like a haiku but longer.
    I sit here watching
    as cars and sand go rushing.
    Down roads they travel,
    some through choices of their own,
    others just blown by the wind.

    And a lanturne, another Japanese form that uses not just syllabics, but shaping.
    and good hope
    leave me. They are

    Also a piece of free-verse oddly enough. This was for an assignment to mimic the poetic style of another student in the class as chosen at random. I'm actually quite proud of how this turned out.

    The sunrise was drowned in blood and stained forever,
    With a truth that the criminals deny to this day.
    For over thirty long years we have had to remember what happened
    In those years of gunfire and hatred against a people that did nothing
    To deserve any of it. We are bent by the weight of suffering
    From generations passed, but we are not broken. We will rise
    Stronger than ever, filled with the knowledge
    That we are more than a land ravaged, we are
    A people that has survived.
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2017
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  15. Matsu

    Matsu Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Free verse, how novel. Not super Valentine's related, so consider the date coincidental; if you want a Valentine's poem I have one on the OP somewhere.

    Sickly saccharin stench
    of synthetic roses
    fill the halls
    with their cloying miasma.

    Canines one and two sit in silence,
    decidedly off the furniture.
    The whisperrush of nails on cracked tile
    the only noise they make.

    Brother doffs his posture
    of feigned illness, sickness
    being little more than a game
    he plays with his own mind.

    The booming cannon of father’s
    voice is silenced by the too patient
    and too knowing smile
    of that woman.
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2018
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  16. Matsu

    Matsu Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Free verse again. Chapbook coming soon by the way.

    Asphalt barrel,
    rifled with skid marks.
    Launches a rainbow
    of two-ton steel
    shells laden with those
    seeking to get away or
    those with jobs to do.
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  17. Matsu

    Matsu Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    As the culminating project of my creative writing major I was made to create an actual physical chapbook containing my best revised pieces of work created over the course of the whole major. This is the following chapbook, presented in the form of a series of images to preserve the formatting of the poems. The cover art was made by the lovely and talented @Suweeka .


    Disregard that I should have posted this about two weeks ago.
  18. Matsu

    Matsu Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Trying to keep my poetry skills tuned. I like this hay[na]ku, so enjoy it.

    brings heat.
    Scrapes away life.
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  19. Matsu

    Matsu Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    It's uh...been a while. I need to update this thing more, yadda yadda, I've done this before. I wrote a poem again as a spur of the moment thing, it is very rough and I am aware of that; such is the consequence when you don't have access to a poetry workshop multiple times a week anymore. It's free verse, but all tercets so it's not formless per se.
    A languid Summer
    cloaked by the miasmatic
    haze of apathy.

    At the edges of my mind,
    the parts age-frayed like an old book,
    I wondered if I would return.

    To a mistress with whom
    a too-long dalliance
    had been floundered through.

    I tell myself that I enjoyed time
    spent in ever smaller crowds
    reading scrawled the night before lines.

    But now when I think of reengaging
    for my own sake, rather than that of academia,
    I wonder if I loved her at all.

    In other news, expect narrative (read: prose) stuff in the near-ish future; assuming you're into that.
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  20. Matsu

    Matsu Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Considering that I set out to write poetry as a means of expressing emotions, I should do it more often than I do. But who has the time am I right? Anyway, have a free verse thing. It's admittedly kinda twee, whiny, and existential crisis-y but whatever, sometimes you need to write that kind of thing.

    a pane of clearest glass
    made opaque as any stone

    a room once a haven
    now akin to a gibbet

    so much of life planned
    but the plans have run short

    surely a caterpillar knows
    when to shed earthly tethers

    does it know what to do
    once it is alone and aloft?

    In other news, can confirm prose is still happening and will be here in around two weeks. It's long enough that I might need to break it over two posts, we will have to see.
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