Today I’d like to challenge you to write a poem in the style of Kay Ryan, whose poems tend to be short and snappy – with a lot of rhyme and soundplay. They also have a deceptive simplicity about them, like proverbs or aphorisms. Once you’ve read a few, you’ll see what I mean. Here’s her “Token Loss,” “Blue China Doorknob,” “Houdini,” and “Crustacean Island.”

Here’s my take on it:

Poem: The true beauty

The love

You shower,

The care

I see in your eyes,

The words

You use to appease me,

The warmth

Of your hug,

The sense

of your touch,

The time

We spend talking,

That’s the beauty

of your heart,

That’s the beauty

of your love,

That’s the beauty

That matters to me!

©Vandana Bhasin