LadyNimue’s Months of the Year Challenge: January 2010


Submitted to LadyNimue’s Months of the Year Challenge:

Last year in January (as we do yearly) we braved the snow to travel down I-395 in an effort to escape the cold and enjoy the warmth of Palm Desert. The highway snakes along the eastern Sierra. The view of Mt. Whitney from Lone Pine is particularly stunning. This is an etheree describing that experience.

I-395 South of Reno
to Lone Pine
An Etheree

Pine sits
nestled in
McKinley’s breast,
waits for passersby
to linger in her shade.
Sierra Mountain flowers
boast of vivid hues amidst the
craggy heights and verdant valley green.
Just to the north the camp of Manzanar
speaks of troubled times and war-torn worlds.
We hesitate then drive on past,
stop for a break, admire the
snow-capped peaks, gas up then
leave before the sun
withdraws its light
and leaves us
in the

The etheree form is based on the syllable/line structure: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1

13 thoughts on “LadyNimue’s Months of the Year Challenge: January 2010

  1. Nanka says:

    That was a nice way to start a journey through the rest of the year!!


  2. Kavita says:

    oh wowww.. I don’t think I have ever read an etheree before.. thanks for the info on this beautiful form.. and for the lovely example you have provided!
    There is something so serenely beautiful about snow capped mountains.. refreshing!
    And your imagery is so vivid that I could see it all in my mind’s eye.. really nice!


  3. Tweety says:

    wow another etheree…i too wrote one…and this was a treat to read…


  4. hoiden says:

    wow nice one…tks for xplaining this form:)


  5. pamela says:

    I love the essence of this poem words and structure.


  6. danroberson says:

    And on the other side of the mountain in Porterville, I often stared up at those same mountains, went on treks through the sequoias, up Mt.Whitney, into Death Valley, and checked out some of the mining towns on both sides of the ridges. Breath taking.


  7. hedgewitch says:

    Nice use of yet another new form. I learn so much from everyone. I like the way this accelerated smoothly, like a car on a highway, then twisted a bit as it entered the mountainscape. Enjoyed it.


  8. Jingle says:

    pleasant tour.
    love the shape of your poem.
    Thanks for the fun!
    Happy Friday!


  9. trisha says:

    just splendid victoria, the poem was splendid itself and giving it a structure made it precious.

    it seems a tempting place 🙂


  10. vivinfrance says:

    Joyful January journey – love the form.


  11. ladynimue says:

    My fav form !! I love it 🙂 and a beautiful journey you took us on in this post ! Thank you for writing this 🙂

    PS : You can leave the post link anywhere in mt comments. I will link it to the page here :
    Other posts also will appear there. Do read 🙂


  12. Bodhirose says:

    This was great! Thanks for explaining what the Etheree style of poetry is, Victoria. Someone else had done one this week too.

    January will be here before you know it! 🙂


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