2007 Form Challenges
#5 Septilla, (Spanish Septet)

Septilla, (Spanish Septet)

This seven line form was originally octosyllabic (8 syllables) but now tetrameter or pentameter are equally acceptable. There is a certain amount of flexibility with this form and there is a choice of rhyme schemes with either this one;
a. a. b. c. c. b. a. as shown below
Scars

Behind mantillaís black lace shield
her wounds lay open, near revealed.
Her body, tall and straight, is still-
yet dancing feet move fast in cries
of click-clacked pain in veiled disguise.
All watch in captivated thrill-
swift rhythms heal the scars concealed.

Leny Roovers


or
a. b. b. a. c. c. a.


Bullfight

The bull is wary, scrapes his hoof,
distrusts the waving scarlet flags
toreros brandish, taunt and brag,
as picadors come close in proof
of valour- pierce his steaming hide,
he shudders, bolts into collide;
on razor horns dies purblind goof.

Leny Roovers




Septilla Challenge Replies



Lorraine Dafney

Lady in Black

Ryter Roethicle

Fireside Memories
Hearts Winter
In Ash
Lofty Thoughts
Nocturne
Paparazzi
Para aprender amar
Promises
Remembering
Truant
Victim of Deceit

Leny Roovers

Allegro Assai
Andante
Rondo

Trewir Wintlek

Affections
Lost In the Blues
Westerly Waves

Nicola Wynter

Robin & Grackle

Ryter and Trewir

Just Thoughts
Occhi Desideranti


Lorraine Dafney

Lady in Black

Behind a black lace veil she waits-
for his return from the bull fight
hours pass, her heart fills with fright
by now she's in a frantic state
and then he appears, her lover
as he lifts her veil of cover
she smiles, for she loves her soul mate

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Ryter Roethicle

Fireside Memories

In the firelights flicker I see your face
A face that no longer looks at me
The sparkling eyes I no longer see
That looked at me with each embrace.
I remember times in days long past
And loving that was unsurpassed
For those memories canít be erased.

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Heartís Winter

As the frigid winter wind chills the main
So you froze my soul with your denial.
No Antarctic blast equals that refusal
And your indifference drives me insane.
That fierce love which burned so bright
Would shame the noonday sun light
Has brought darkness and inward rain.

Bitter tears flow into the cracks created
Freezing there within, as is wont to do.
Then like great boulders, rend in two,
The crumbling parts no longer mated.
How many times, if repaired, could we trust
Before finally the pieces become as dust
And what was love be never reinstated.

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In Ash

In ash, he wakes, because he wakes he weeps
The past always takes, and we know not what it keeps
The tears only leave a path of salt and ashes stain.
But what of other things, things more dearly lost?
Who knows the value of a heart and soul, what cost?
And after that, the body still remains in pain
And will do, for a soul severed never sleeps.

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Nocturne

Listen to the music our hearts are making
Dance with me as ocean waves are breaking
And the birds cry loudly to us overhead.
As we love on a dark sand beach at night
With bright stars and smiling moon for light
What more could lovers wish for their bed?
Listen to the music our hearts are making.

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Lofty Thoughts

From my lofty path way on high
I saw the whirling, of the sky
And the spinning of the Earth.
I felt the hot explosion of the day
Watched the sun speed on itís way.
Then saw the night slowly give birth
And the aging day inevitably die.

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Paparazzi

A Tarantella upon the written word,
Treadings once woven become a snare
Creating in some a desire to lay bare
Biased paragons of truth speak the absurd
Catching the unwary in their vacant stare
Hammering non essentials til they swear
That black is white and always was preferred.

Now games are crueller than realised in youth
The innocent having to search for proof
Media portrays the predator as the prey.
Pursuit of lies, and none events occur
Thus non justice cause the blameless suffer
And read ignorance what the press portray
Because the media bred all that is uncouth.

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Para aprender amar

Our bodies and minds conditioned by life
Must show no emotion and be stoic in strife.
To learn to love, you must first learn to cry
For too long now, my heart has been asleep
But slowly through joy, Iím learning to weep
Offer your heart before love says goodbye
Cut out the past with the sharpest knife.

I have looked in your eyes and I see your tears
You have held it inside you for all these years
Now these tears cause your heart to open again.
At last it has become the time for you to cry
As anger and frustration from inside you die
Not tears or sobs of a heart wrenched in pain
But one of being held close, removing all fears.

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Promises

The noisy chatter of early morning rain
Dark sonorous clouds have returned again
Silencing dawnís chorus with promises loud.
As large droplets fall, but only offer wetness,
Vague threats of an end to years of dryness
Or just teases and stays within the cloud,
Leaving the dry earth teased and in pain.

Dry earth pleads for Mother Nature to share
Far off flashes and crashes answer the prayer
The distant thunder rolls warning, ďIím hereĒ.
Once again diamonds splatter on our screens
Giving hope to all, and promises of dreams
And for a while we see heavens tears,
But dreams are often dashed to those who care.

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Remembering

Tiny pictures of our laughter dancing
Fragment my memory in the fire's light
Engraved into my mind the rhythm of your sight
The end of evening and the end of wondering
Your heart spoke to me in a whispered moment
When loves doors opened and released a torrent
Now is the time for passion and loves building

Starting as a whisper builds to bodies speaking
The night is left to learning the Braille of love
Until the final moments with cries to one above
Entering that world that is most appealing
We are now wrapped within that heaven
In sheets of love through time we have woven
And fireside flickers serve for remembering.

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Truant

Not seeing you is like missing my heartbeat
Timeís gone, I am left with a feeling of dismay
And an empty night and a far more lonely day.
A laggard, with slumped shoulders and dragging feet
Would feel happier than I do at this moment
If I could rid myself of this terrible torment
And once again feel human and complete.

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Victim of Deceit

Have you ever walked an empty street,
After the night has conquered the day?
Feeling each step, took you a special way,
Knowing that you could not retreat,
Did you question what led you astray?
Was there an author of a greater play,
In which you were the victim of deceit?

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Leny Roovers

Allegro Assai

Her satin skin warms to his hold
as vigour mounts in bolder strokes
of bow on trembling strings, invokes
her song to open and unfold.
Arpeggios rise up, resound,
exultant climbing- peaks astound.
Descending blends in moves untold.

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Andante

He rests his cheek against her skin,
feels her vibrations move within;
while fingers travel, touching snares,
strong strokes of bow invite her song-
cadence of rhythm- dance prolonged.
In deep embrace both souls are bared,
as on her belly rests his chin.

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Rondo

Between her body and his chin
air trembles with the highest note-
he licks the moisture from her throat
as heat condensed on cooling skin.
On gentle winds their music dies
in rhythm with her fading cries;
a dulcet flow runs deep within.

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Trewir Wintlek

Affections

Iíll be here when the morning dawns
And kiss away each fallen tear
My love will last a million years
My lifeís existences, You Amon
Our dreams are pure nothingness
Weíre the cure for our loneliness
Affections we stumbled upon

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Lost In The Blues

Nothing seems to be the same
Days and nights seem to be just another game
Blue notes seem to enter each room
Canít seem to catch up with my favorite dream
What seemed to be real, has evaporated like steam
What happened to my baby, seems heís out of tune
Lost in the blues, seems like Iím the one to blame

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Westerly Waves

The Westerly waves crushed sea shells
Pieces of life drown in the swells
No longer to play crushed and torn
Gone, are cruel days from past at last
No thoughts of loving you, itís past
You left me scattered once scorned
I leave you shattered sea shells

Feeling colors of dark sea blue
From the shore, I wander once more
Empty hearted waves crashes on shore
Sea shells, coral reefs in each wave new
Freely I go to rid the past
Tossing, spinning gasping canít last
Memories gone, by the deep blue

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Nicola Wynter

Robin & Grackle

The robin chased the black-tailed grackle west,
Sparrow looked on preening, her mood quite amused
Watching the larger two flutter, for who'd
Guess they were fighting, not dancing in jest
To see which would find the window sill first,
As grasses they carry to build or burst,
A nest for the egglets, soon to be blessed.

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Ryter and Trewir

Just Thoughts

How vivid are the colours of your heart,
I know the truth and what you would impart
What we do not know we can learn together.
Do you wish to spend eternity with me
And together discover what love can be?
Itís not too late we have found each other
Let our two souls finally make one part.

How many colors does one see?
Not knowing all the colors of any one
together weíll grow, answering questions having fun
Eternity a life forever; loving ways for you and me
Finding each other; was like an sensuously stimulating touch
So rare, so fine, a once in a life time rush
Two souls first and foremost, join together unconditionally free

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Occhi Desideranti

I have looked on thee with longing eyes
Wishing my body was joined with thine,
Having won thee, thou would become mine.
I would not waste such a divine prize
Rather I would worship such a treasury.
My reward an eternity of pleasuring thee,
And even more and all that it implies.br>

Our eyes have spoken lovingly
Spoken clearly in perfect unison
Our love never shows comparison
We value moments of loving entirely
Moving far from where love was unkind
Two lovers playing, romancing sublimed
Our love now shows enthusiastically br>

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