WD Poetic Form Challenge: Chanso Winner

Here are the results of the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the chanso along with a Top 10 list. You can check out all the chanso entries in the comments on this post.

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Here is the winning chanso:

“The Waking of a Tree,” by RE Wu

The woods were still in slumber
When I took a winter tryst,
With powder-dusted umber
Twining through the snowy mist
Of scattered snowflakes falling,
Falling slowly through their midst.

Above, the somber branches
Stretched and murmured, all a drowse
With pending avalanches
Clustered lace-like on their bows
And speckled sunlight calling—
Calling for the trees to rouse.

I heard the cedars waken,
Watched their murmurs turn to moans
For stiffness wasn’t shaken
Yet from dormant winter bones—
their creaking timbers sounding,
Sounding wear, wooden groans.

Then low beneath my awning
Shuddered with a chorused CRACK,
A thawing cedar yawning,
Stretching long her rigid back
Her pulsing heartbeats pounding,
Pounding, stretching, beating—THWACK.

I touched my chapping fingers
To her ochre overwood
(Where still is the balsam lingers
Like the grove where cedars stood)
And listened to her speaking—
Speaking raptly, rapping wood.

Then on again I journeyed
Through the merry, chatting trees,
Between the timbers creaking,
Creaking warmly on the breeze.


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