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Sunday Scribblings #178: Looking for Some Extra Time?

Don’t we always seem to be looking for some extra time? A few additional minutes here or one more day of our break? That extra hour to finish an assignment? Or just some more time with loved ones? Like I mentioned in an earlier post about making up for lost time, we just need to be conscious of our time and use it well. We should treat time like Golem treats his “precious” – with utmost care.

Lucky for us, this week brings with it some extra time – a whole day in fact – with February 29th! So let us ensure we use it well, and treat that extra time like the once-in-a-four-year gift that it is.

Talking about this extra day every four years, today’s poetic form has a little something extra every fourth line – syllables! While it is not just one extra syllable (like our one extra day for the year), it is similar enough for me to feature it today.

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Poetic Sundays: The Endecha: The Fourth Line is a Little Extra!

Today, I bring you the endecha, a Spanish poetry form. No reason except what I already mentioned at the start of the post!

So What is the Endecha?

The Endecha is a 16th-century Spanish poetic form. It comes from the word Endechar meaning lament. Hence, these poems typically explore themes of loss, longing, and solitude. The imagery employed in Endecha poetry often conveys a sense of desolation or introspection, and helps convey the complexities of human emotion and experience.

The Endecha’s Characteristics

So the Endecha’s elements are that it is:

  • stanzaic: very often written in one or more quatrains. The length of the poem itself is left to the poet, so it can be just one stanza or many.
  • syllabic: syllabic count of 7-7-7-11 for each quatrain
  • rhymed: I saw a couple different ones among the sources/poems I read, so you can pick any one of these: either abcb / defe /... or xaxa / xbxb / …., x being unrhymed.
  • themed (optional): while the word itself means lament or dirge, the form can be used to ponder and emote not just grief

My Attempt at the Endecha: Looking for a Little Extra Time

Ephemeral Echoes: A Timeless Lament
Found an hour on a lost day
Then a whole day gained somewhere
But then all those times did flee
Like sand slipping through fingers, here, then nowhere

I looked for those escaped hours
Searched high and low for days lost
Little did I realize
more time went by, became a thing of the past.
~ Vidya Tiru @ LadyInReadWrites


On My Blog & at Home

My recent posts since and including my last Sunday Scribblings:

My son was home last weekend and we drove him and a friend back to college on Tuesday. We spent the day in his apartment finishing up work before stocking up his kitchen from Costco and then drove back home. But not before we had a sandwich for a late lunch at the amazing High Street Deli. We had the garden burger with their dutch crunch (simply perfect). However, you can customize any of their sandwiches to make them vegetarian if you wish.

And then yesterday, to close out my daughter’s winter break week, we drove to the city by the bay (San Francisco) and walked around Fisherman’s Wharf.

Parking tip for San Fran: during the weekends you can find (with some luck and some searching) a 2 hour parking spot on the road (free!!). Just try to ensure you can walk back to find another spot in that time. You only need to park the car 1/10th of a mile away from the first spot.

Upcoming (Some Extra Time Too!)

On My Blog & Homefront

Planning to use that extra time we get (is it really though?!).

This Week’s Celebrations

Literary Celebrations (close-to-it also!)

  • Literary birthdays this week of February/March include: Victor Hugo on the 26th of February; Lawrence George Durrell, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, John Steinbeck, and Peter De Vries on the 27th; Hermione Lee, Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket!), and Tony Robbins on the 28th/29th; Ralph Ellison and Robert Lowell on 1st March; Dr. Seuss, Peter Straub, Olivia Manning, and John Irving on the 2nd; James Merrill and Patricia MacLachlan on March 3rd.
  • February 26th observes National Letter to an Elder Day – celebrate it by sending an elder a handwritten letter to show you care. It is also Tell a Fairy Tale Day.
  • Feb 28th is National Essay Day, in honor of Michel de Montaigne (his birthdate), who wrote the first-ever ‘essays’
  • March brings with International Ideas Month so let those ideas flow!
  • And March 1st being the first Friday of the month observes National Speech and Debate Education Day. 
  • It is Read Across America Day on the 2nd of March and the month itself is Reading Month as well as Read an E-Book Month!
  • The week of March 1sth through 7th observes National Ghostwriters Week as well as National Write a Letter of Appreciation Week annually.

Foodie Celebrations

Other Celebrations

Multi-day events

Related Reads and More to do in that Extra Time

Wrapping up my Sunday Scribblings

So dear reader, you have reached the end of this Sunday Scribblings! As always, I welcome your thoughts, comments, and suggestions about this post. And do let me know if you plan to celebrate any of these mentioned celebrations this coming week/month?

Linking this to the Sunday Post over at the Caffeinated Reviewer and the Sunday Salon

15 thoughts on “Sunday Scribblings #178: Looking for Some Extra Time?

  1. I could always use more time, that’s for sure.

    I always love when my son visits from college! I’m glad you got to see yours. I see mine again this weekend.

  2. I’m loving that list of foodie celebrations. I might have to make a banana cream pie for the 2nd of March. I had no idea that was a thing but I love the idea of it.

  3. The Endecha style of poetry is striking in its simplicity and lyrical quality, evoking deep emotions with just a few carefully chosen words. Your hand at writing an Endecha poem is commendable and captures the essence of this beautiful poetic form.

  4. Just the title to this post grabbed my attention as seriously there is just never enough time LOL I too had never heard of Endecha and appreciate this informative post! Thank you!

  5. I know I can use some more time. I will surely enjoy this extra time just doing nothing but resting. I think we all are looking for more time, heck I am! Interesting post!

  6. It’s too easy to get caught up in our routines and forget to appreciate the extra moments we’re given. Your post inspired me to plan something special for the next February 29th, something to truly make the day count!

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