Prompts for the Eighth Hour

Text Prompt

Every year we have a new form prompt, and this year, it’s the Gigan, which is an invented form. There’s a detailed blog post about it here, and it includes an example Gigan, which always helps.

Gigans must be 16 lines in length with seven stanzas (each stanza is separated by a line break). It goes couplet (two lines), tercet (three lines), couplet, couplet, couplet, tercet, couplet.

The first line is also the eleventh line, line six is repeated as line 12 as well.

Optionally the closing couplet should put a twist on the poem, but that isn’t a requirement.

Image Prompt

Photo contributed by Ofuma Agali.

One thought on “Prompts for the Eighth Hour

  1. Seek the hidden night of power, the priceless key,
    consult not, the fragile worldly , A La Carte-

    gather, cut and mix fruit for the evening “Iftari”.
    No CLT or club sandwich, just a fine canapé,
    spicy seekh kebabs, dates, ketchup and chutney,

    Seek the hidden night of power, the priceless key.
    Dawn to dusk, spiritual cuisine in tranquility,

    chiffonade of patience, forgiveness, full charity,
    -gather, cut and mix fruit for the evening “Iftari”.

    Counted days, uncounted endless bounty,
    seek the hidden night of power, the priceless key

    seek the hidden night of power, the priceless key.
    The fasting immersed in fragrance, grand in beauty,
    cleansed souls, soft hearts, need no coring in glory,

    Fasting is acceptance, surrender to divinity,
    embracing contentment accomplishment and duty

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