We just need one to begin; one step to run a marathon, one word to write a book, one syllable to pen a poem, one step to dance, and well, just one to begin anything at all our mind fancies. September 15th has a cool celebration, International Dot Day. It all began with a dot, or rather the book that began with a dot, simply titled, The Dot by Peter Reynolds. Today’s poetic form uses a similar concept, begin with one.
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Poetic Sundays: The Monolilquie Has One to Begin Definitely
(and ends with one too!)
I have been wanting to feature this poetic form since I first saw it ages ago. So this seemed to be the perfect way to share it with you. The monolilque created by Gerald Bostock fits the theme of one to begin (and end too incidentally) so very well that I had to make it the form for this Poetic Sunday.
So What is the Monolilquie Poem?
The monolilquie poetic form starts and ends with the same word (which is also the title of the poem). It is mono-rhymed and while there is no restriction on the number of lines or number of syllables/words per line, each line should be as short as possible. With the mono-rhyme restriction, and line count/word count freedom, this poem can get seriously absurd pretty soon!
Have fun with it!
ht and Reference: PoetsCollective
The Monolilquie Poetic Form’s Characteristics
So the monolilque’s elements are that at its most basic, it is:
- rhymed: mono-rhyme all the way
- without restrictions on the number of lines or syllables per line
- titled: has a single word title
- usually a one-stanza poem that is wrapped within the same word starting and ending the poem, which is also the title word
- Pick your title word (the one to begin with, that is) carefully. It should be something you can expand on, expound on, and easily find rhyming words for.
- Play with the word(s). Add descriptors galore to add lines to the poem, make up silly actions (rhyming at the end of course) for the main word or for others in between, make up new words to rhyme if you wish, and rhyme in creative ways.
My Attempt (or the one to begin with!)
I found my nook
To read, by hook
or by, you know, crook
as I hide from cook-
ing tonight. In my nook
I’ll read, even if shook
or even if quook;
I found quook
in a book,
~vidya tiru @ ladyinreadwrites
On My Blog
This past week:
- 10 Great Read a Book Books I Need(ed) to Own
- The Elephant Girl: Heartwarming Powerful Read
- Sunday Scribblings #113: The Latin Square Poem Puzzle: A Delightful Challenge
On the Homefront
Not much happened though we had friends over for lunch and dinner this Saturday. We had a wonderful time catching up.
Upcoming (Hopefully this Week is the One to Begin Again)
On My Blog and On the Homefront
reusing what I wrote last week:
More posts of course.. and hoping to get a variety in this week. And I have a couple of projects planned for the upcoming Navratri festivities, so stay tuned to see those updates here
Literary Celebrations (close-to-it also!)
- Literary birthdays this week include: Michael Ondaatje and James Frey (Pittacus Lore) on Sept 12; Daniel Defoe, Roald Dahl on the 13th; Geraldine Brooks on the 14th; Tomie dePaola, Agatha Christie, Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on the 15th; James Alan McPherson, Julia Donaldson, H.A. Rey on Sept 16; Anant Pai, Cheryl Strayed, William Carlos Williams, Gail Carson Levine, Ken Kesey on 17th Sept; Samuel Johnson on the 18th; Rebecca Skloot on the 19th of Sept
- Observe National Live Creative Day on the 14th of Sept by living creatively..
- Learning is continuous, so it is wonderful we can do so online as well. Sept 15th is National Online Learning Day
- Smithsonian Day is observed annually on the 17th
- Read An eBook Day on the 18th gives us the perfect reason to read …. an eBook!!
- It is Talk Like a Pirate Day on the 19th!
- Start off sweet with National Chocolate Milkshake Day on the 12th
- Sept 13 is National Peanut Day and National Kids Take Over The Kitchen Day. And we continue celebrating chocolate with International Chocolate Day . It is also National Ants on a Log Day
- 14th of Sept is once again sweet with National Cream Filled Donut Day. It also celebrates food itself with National Food is Medicine Day.
- Sept 15th is National Cheese Toast Day as well as National Linguine Day and also National Creme de Menthe Day. One more: Butterscotch Cinnamon Pie Day is also on September 15
- On the 16th, it is National Cinnamon Raisin Bread Day and National Guacamole Day
- Sept 17th is National Apple Dumpling Day
- While the 19th is National Butterscotch Pudding Day
Other Celebrations and Observations
- Encourage someone today and everyday; it is National Day of Encouragement on 12th Sept as well as National Just One Human Family
- Followed by Positive Thinking Day celebrated on September 13 along with Day of the Programmer (which is observed on the 13th this year, being the 256th day of the year)
- Have fun with colors on National Coloring Day, which is the 14th of sept
- The 15th is full of celebrations and observations! First off, it is Someday! I am not kidding, the 15th of September – or rather, someday – is here so it is up to us to do all those things we had planned to do …someday! It is also International Dot Day, International Day of Democracy as well as International Day of Listening on the 15th. In addition, it is also Get Ready Day, National Thank You Day, Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Day, and World Afro Day
- The 16th of Sept is Mayflower Day . Celebrate by reading this book. And you can also observe Collect Rocks Day with this other read. On one side is rocks, while the other thing we need to take care of is up there – it is World Ozone Day on the 16th of September. So learn more about how we can protect our ozone layer here.
- 17th Sept is International Country Music Day as well as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day
- While the 18th is World Bamboo Day and World Water Monitoring Day. It is also International Pay Day and Locate An Old Friend Day
Wrapped 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. Will you be attempting to begin with one?And, of course, 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
9 thoughts on “Sunday Scribblings #114: We Just Need One to Begin”
Thanks for sharing the National days, they give my idea for my blogs! I love you poem!
thank you Martha! I see you are celebrating kids in kitchen day with Lia 🙂
I loved the poem! And the celebrations.
very nice poem! it’s so awesome you just wrote it. so talented and so fresh!
Your poems are amazing. This one got me thinking about my next step.
That’s awesome you had time to catch up with them. The poem is amazing as well. Thank you for sharing!
This sounds like a fun poetic form!
Ohhh I did not know tomorrow is National Apple Dumpling Day! I wanna get in on that.
It is amazing how many different kinds of poems there are. I had not heard of this one. I enjoyed your example poem.