Tug-of-love by Benita Kape



 Mindful Poetry Contest 2013 – Tercetonine


(a cranky and gobby dedication to my kids)

Excited, I arrive in a city I love

Abundant bird life, cooing dove

And that pesky kookaburra, so rowdy and cranky.

Google-oogle-oogle him; you will find

Laughing habits fair split to bust your mind

Opens wide his beak, on and on his warbly, wobbly, gobby technique

And the Apostle Bird with very a long tail

They form a breeding group with a dominant male

Now there’s true reverence, a little critter with transcendence

And there’s the colourful Purple-Crowned-Lorikeet

To find a bird like that, such a gob-stopping treat

Brisbane, city now seen from above, gripping me with this tug-of-love

Benita k. (c) 10.4.2013


Benita’s beautiful poem was a strong contender for the Poem-of-the-Day prize in Susan Budig’s Mindful Poetry Contest 2013 in which my creation, the Tercetonine, featured as a challenge on Day 8. I was honoured by Susan’s request to act as a judge for that day and realised what a hard job she has when she must pick the winner every day during the month-long contest. It was indeed rewarding to read the 16 lovely Tercetonines, but it was very, very hard to choose the winner. I was tossing between a light-hearted and a more serious theme. The more serious theme won – the runner-up was Benita’s light-hearted poem ‘Tug-of-love’. I wrote then that I wished there was some acknowledgement for the runner-up because I wanted so much to give it to this poem. Well, I’m doing it now. 🙂

I was thrilled when Benita accepted my invitation to appear on my blog. Benita can be contacted on Facebook and at www.gather.com.

Benita Kape: Active in small Gisborne writing group during the nineties. From the millennium became involved with haiku (World Haiku Club) on-line receiving an Honourable Mention in Mainichi Daily News 2002 end-of-year haiku selection. The following year William J. Higginson (author of The Haiku Handbook) invited her to work collaboratively with nine other global poets as a direct global haiku response to the outbreak of the war in Iraq in a Kasen Renku titled “On The Road to Basra” which appears on-line. Other work appears on-line in nzepc – (fugacity and oban seminars); Haibun Today, Lynx, Simply Haiku, also on-line and in the New Zealand print journal of haiku, tanka, haibun and related genres, Kokako. On Nov 1st Benita will be reading at a National Poetry Conference in Hastings, New Zealand. Since 2006 she has been a member of Gather.com.

Happy reading, Benita! 🙂

© irina dimitric 2013

About irinadim

Kookaburra sweet, you neither chirp nor tweet. Your laughter is much like mine, my cackle is much like thine. We are two sister souls, one clad in feathers, the other in clothes. ~ Irina ~ I’m a budding blogger. Poetry and photography are my newest passions, living in perfect harmony inspiring each other. I like both free verse and form poetry and am quite proud to let you know that I am the creator of a new form named ‘tercetonine’. Blog Name: Irina's Poetry Corner Blog URL: http://irinadim.com
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15 Responses to Tug-of-love by Benita Kape

  1. Now, that’s my idea of paradise but a bit further from the city 😉

  2. afstewart says:

    A wonderful poem.

  3. willowdot21 says:

    you are right I would quail at the thought of judging poetry every day!!

  4. Benita Kape says:

    Many thanks Irina for putting this together so splendidly. And many thanks for the kind comments above.

  5. vhosking says:

    The gather site was a great place to share writing and poetry. I think we may have lost it. Approaching on seven months and it still does not work for everyone.

  6. Benita Kape says:

    Yes, that is so sad because it was an excellent format but with no notifications coming back to us now makes it less workable. I intend to go with what we are getting there as much as I can.

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