This titled form was invented in 1999 by Craig Tigerman, Sol Magazine's Lead Editor. Only one
word is allowed in the title followed by a single seven-line stanza. The first word in each line begins
with the same letter as the title. Hortensia Anderson, a popular haiku and tanka poet, added her
own requirement of restricting the line length to six syllables.
Background of the Pleiades: The Pleiades is a star cluster in the constellation Taurus. It is a cluster
of stars identified by the ancients, mentioned by Homer in about 750 B.C and Hesiod in about 700
B.C. Six of the stars are readily visible to the naked eye; depending on visibility conditions between
nine and twelve stars can be seen. Modern astronomers note that the cluster contains over 500 stars.
The ancients named these stars the seven sisters: Alcyone, Asterope, Celaeno, Electra, Maia,
Merope, and Tygeta; nearby are the clearly visible parents, Atlas and Pleione.
The poetic form The Pleiades is aptly named: the seven lines can be said to represent the seven
sisters, and the six syllables represent the nearly invisible nature of one sister.
This small, beautiful fruit
taste bud blooming on my
tongue. Sweetly the juices
take over, the feeling
transcending luscious bliss.
Copyright © 2005 Marie Summers