Thursday, April 23, 2015

3 of Hearts

Dear Reader,

Our prompt today was to draw a playing card from a deck, write about that card for 5 minutes and then create a poem out of what we have written. I chose a slightly different path to the same end. I did not ‘draw’ a card, but rather I chose to use the 3 of hearts. This card symbolizes for me the 3 poets who have been my constants during this time of #NaPoWriMo. The four of us share our work, encourage each other, lift each other up, and share our thoughts on the works we have produced. #NaPoWriMo is a challenging month. It is hard to come up with fresh pieces every day. For myself, if it wasn’t for the feedback and encouragement from Jesi, Lizzi and Cindy, I may not be where I am today. Therefore, my 23rd poem of the month is dedicated to the 3 of hearts. Cindy, Lizzi and Jesi...this one is for you.

I chose to write in the form of an Ottava Rima. An Ottava Rima is a poem written in 8-line octives. Each line is of a 10 or 11 syllable count in the following rhyme:
one octive poem. abababcc
two octive poem. abababcc, dededeff

I hope you enjoy today’s effort.

Rod E. Kok
April 23, 2015

We all are poets, we write from the heart.
We bleed passion as we pen our words in blood.
Tear stained paper carries those thoughts we impart,
emotion pours out in a torrential flood.
From the depths of our souls, our course we will chart
we journey on paths of dry land and mud.
We challenge each other, we write every day,
and via our words, great friends we will stay.


  1. Ohhhhh now this is LOVELY. Love, love, love it. SO GLAD we all found each other :D

  2. Aweeee...Rod, this is really awesome and sweet! How true it is. It does feel like we write our words in blood some days, trying to get the right wording, rhyme, rhythm, etc. Thank you, Sir!!