Written for:  Carpe Diem #1338 – Fairy Tales – “The Arabian Nights”
The first English edition of A 1001 Nights was published in 1706 and introduced English readers to the now-familiar tales of Sinbad the Sailor and Aladdin. The framing device of the whole collection is Scheherazade, a king’s bride who tells a series of tales to save herself from execution. Included in several of the stories are the characters themselves telling their own story, so it features a story-within-a-story.

deep silence
bright stars shimmer
Arabian nights

© Chèvrefeuille (our host)

Here is my attempt:

he lies near death
a smile plays across his lips
listening to songbird

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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2 Responses to Songbird

  1. Tom Puszewski says:

    Hi! You’re very prolific. I enjoy your ideas but often don’t get your syntax. Your haiku format is seldom typical, and why the unattached, “hanging” last line? ~ Tom


    • Hi Tom. I sometimes write to interchange last line with first. Often, my syllables are not constructed to meet the “17” goal. I don’t understand what you mean about ‘hanging’ last line. Please let me know. Thanks for commenting!


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