Flying South – The Wayra

A flock of red-crested pochard standing together

Flying South

Whooshing of wings flap
In the early morning air
Constant quacking breaks silence
Too numerous to count
Snowbirds have returned with a splash


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Grace is hosting D'Verse Poets tonight and has prompted us with form
I am not familiar with. 

The Wayra (Quechua - wind) is a popular verse form of Peru and Bolivia. It appears it originated in an indigenous Quechua language but has found its way into Spanish literature. It is a short syllabic verse form.
The elements of the Wayra are:

1.a pentastich, a poem in 5 lines.
2.syllabic, 5-7-7-6-8
3.unrhymed.

Plus we are to incorporate onomatopoeia! 

  23 comments for “Flying South – The Wayra

  1. November 21, 2021 at 10:46 am

    So nice to have them returning… here they have all left.

    • Christine Bolton
      November 21, 2021 at 1:30 pm

      Yes, it’s a wonderful sight when they come back ☺️

  2. November 20, 2021 at 11:50 am

    Snowbirds, the feathered variety, the human kind. Love where you went with the challenge, Christine.

    • Christine Bolton
      November 20, 2021 at 2:14 pm

      Thanks dear Helen. I prefer the feathered variety 🤣❤️

  3. November 20, 2021 at 11:01 am

    That’s lovely, Christine! 💞😊

    • Christine Bolton
      November 20, 2021 at 2:14 pm

      Thanks Punam ☺️💕

      • November 21, 2021 at 2:06 pm

        My pleasure. 😊

  4. November 19, 2021 at 5:36 pm

    Here comes the noisy snowbirds, smiles. Love this one!

    • Christine Bolton
      November 19, 2021 at 7:53 pm

      Thanks Grace. They are delightful. I love the sound when they shake their wings. Little flapping sessions all day long. It’s a soothing sound. Now the quacking is a different story 😊

  5. November 19, 2021 at 1:52 pm

    I saw your picture of the pochards and thought it could easily be captioned, “a family of wayra,” you’ve made the form fit the subject so well, capturing sound and sight in raucous joy. A joy to read, Christine.
    pax,
    dora

    • Christine Bolton
      November 19, 2021 at 7:50 pm

      Oh you’re so sweet Dora! Thank you. We got the Pochards last year and are hoping to see them again this year. We get White Pelicans in February. Beautiful to watch them fish. ☺️

  6. sanaarizvi
    November 19, 2021 at 1:51 pm

    This is such a stunning write, Christine! 💝💝 I can hear the “constant quacking,” breaking the silence 🙂

    • Christine Bolton
      November 19, 2021 at 7:55 pm

      Thank you Sanaa. You’re so sweet 🥰💕

  7. November 19, 2021 at 12:59 pm

    We did both describe similar scenes. Lovely!
    We have a lot of geese here that stay all year.

    • Christine Bolton
      November 19, 2021 at 9:07 pm

      Thank you Merril. It is such a pleasure to have these wonderful guests. ☺️💕

      • November 20, 2021 at 1:21 pm

        You’re welcome. 💙

  8. Ain Starlingsson, forestbathing hermit
    November 19, 2021 at 1:49 am

    A beautiful scene..

    • Christine Bolton
      November 19, 2021 at 8:18 am

      Thank you Ain. ☺️

  9. November 19, 2021 at 12:23 am

    🙂 beautiful 🙂

    • Christine Bolton
      November 19, 2021 at 8:18 am

      Thanks David! ☺️

  10. November 19, 2021 at 12:22 am

    Lovely poem Christine

    • Christine Bolton
      November 19, 2021 at 8:18 am

      Thanks Sadje dear ☺️💕

      • November 19, 2021 at 9:11 am

        You’re welcome my friend

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