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W3: Immersive Experience

David of The Skeptic’s Kaddish has created an interesting challenge for poetry writers and wannabes. Here’s how it works in general. Link to W3

Part I

The main ingredient of W3 is a weekly poem written by a Poet of the Week (PoW), which participants respond to in verse.

Part II

The second ingredient is a writing guideline (or two) provided by the PoW. Guidelines may include, but are not limited to: word counts, poetic forms, inclusion of specific words, and use of particular poetic devices.

Part III

After four days, when the prompt closes, the PoW shall select one participant’s poem as the W3 prompt for the following week, and its author becomes the next PoW.

This week’s Poet of the Week is D. Avery who invites us to create a Tetractys. You probably remember Terri’s Cobalt Blue Challenge and my picture in response to it. It seemed the perfect image to inspire this poem.

The first post I wrote about this experience including more photos is here.

Van Gogh Immersive Experience
Van Gogh Immersive Experience

Immersed in Van Gogh

Watching the paintings dynamically dance
In a classical music ambiance
Waves of color
Soul soothing

II. D. Avery’s prompt guidelines

  • Write a ‘Tetractys’;
  • A further challenge is for the first and last word to be the same;
  • A double or triple Tetractys, in either order would be okay.


  • At least 5 lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 10 syllables (total of 20);
  • Can be written with more than one verse, but must follow suit with an inverted syllable count;
  • Can also be reversed and written 10, 4, 3, 2, 1;
  • Double Tetractys: 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 10, 4, 3, 2, 1;
  • Triple Tetractys: 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 10, 4, 3, 2, 1, 1, 2, 3, 4, 10; and so on…

This was a fun and easy way to jump back into writing poetry. Thanks, David and D.

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    • Thanks, Terri! I’m glad you like it. I want to try more poetry this year to go with my photographs. So not only will I have compelling photos, but words as well! 🙂

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    • David, not being an expert on poetry – or art, for that matter – I had to look up ekphrastic. I love it. I love the photograph, too. I agree, it puts the people right into the painting. It was a fun experience, and easy to do. Loved it. Thanks again to both you and D.





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