2007 Form Challenges

#11 Sicilian Quintain

The original form had no set form or meter, but later it was formalised into Iambic Pentameter with a rhyme sequence of, a. b. a. b. a.. This form has been used by many great poets and like the Tanka it is a valid and wonderful poetry form in it's own write.

Lets look at an example of the form

And on and on it goes, on through endless time
Never letting go of the person we love.
Two souls always searching for a path sublime
Connected yet apart, always cognizant of
That to others we will always be, a paradigm.

Ryter Roethicle

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Sicilian Quintain Challenge Replies



Maryse Achong

Friendships
Laura Meegan
Severe Weather
Time Heals

Lorraine Dafney

Lady Green
Outside her Window

Helen Howell

"Tis Love

Ryter Roethicle

Consiglio su Amore
In my Dreams
It started with a kiss
Jessica Marie
Magic
Regalo di Amore
Surfing Time
Time
Time Circles

Leny Roovers

Bridge of Dreams
Bridge of Time
Correction
Eudora's Demise
Lord of the Castle
Nights Voids
Sky's Grace
Sky Ships
Sky Ships II
Summer Released
Summer's Tears
Threads of Light
Words
Yoga XVI

Peggy Nelson

Dedicated to Jessica Marie
Evi Verse Love
Kiss me
Lifes Taken a Toll
Someday
Someone
Sometime
Time Change

Nicola Wynter

Ascending
Don't Look Back
In Time

Leny & Ryter

Times Embrace
Zeberucht

Ryter & Trewir

Candle



Maryse Achong

Friendships

Friendships are like the ocean’s ebb and flow
But some stay in our heart e’en when they’re done;
They will not be forgotten, that we know:
Others leave cicatrices as they run
Rough shod over our hearts; those we forgo.

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Laura Megan II

Laura Megan is twenty one today,
It’s hard to believe how the years have flown;
Just a short while ago I watched her play
With dolls, and suddenly she is all grown
Up; a budding attorney on the way.

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Severe Weather

They issued a Severe Weather warning,
“No need to be alarmed, just take good care.”
They said. “It should hit us before morning.
High winds, rough seas, flooding, no need to fear.”
The population went into high gear.

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Time Heals

Time can heal every wound if we would let
It, soothe each care that causes us to frown,
Ease every pain although we don’t forget
It; help us to rise up when we are down;
But humans that we are, we always fret.

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Lorraine Dafney

Lady Green

Willow green you behold beauty
Each branch of yours climbs towards the sky
Your girth provides a canopy
For lovers to kiss and to sigh
Beneath its leaves like filigree

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Outside Her Window

Back in Brooklyn upon a window ledge
She grew a plant with a purple flower
Its thick green leaves had a very rough edge
I used to watch it grow, rise like a tower
This image, I can still see, through times wedge.

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Helen Howell

'Tis Love

‘Tis love that swallows gravel from the grave
when time twists truth into a blatant lie
and, oh, the grind of grit taxes the brave
left sunken in the sands of mortal life
and viewed as if an ineffective slave.

‘Tis love that rises to complete the whole
when beckoned so from pain and deep regret
and though forgives holds dirt within the soul
until empowered to at last forget
internship in a manmade airless hole.

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Ryter Roethicle

Consiglio su Amore

Speak, your heart will guide your tongue what to say.
Then you’ll find your words will with love ignite
Come dawn in sweet repose side by side you will lay
Your words of love be no longer fearful of the light
And smile together still as united you greet the day.

From that time your eyes will speak your words
And needing confirmation with a kiss or two
Will be all that’s needed and is most preferred
A wealth of kissing is indeed a most heady brew
Then it will be diagnosed that love has occurred.

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In my dreams

In my dreams each night, I dream of you
Of perfect love and forever golden days
You stay with me the whole night through
So familiar are you and your loving ways
So perfect are you and the thing you do.

In my dreams I see us walking on a beach
The starry night replaced by days blue sky
And you and I are heavens perfect match.
Then to see that starry twinkle in your eye
It tells me you will ever be in my reach.

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It started with a kiss

It started with a kiss, two pairs of lips
Eyes shining, looking into each other
Two sets of hands reaching out fingertips
Knowing now there can’t be another
All other loves you now eclipse

Together through eternity your soul trips
Reborn, certain as in loves cup you drink
A never ending series of relationships
In the dusk of time you lie back and think
It started with a kiss, two pairs of lips.

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Jessica Marie

My grand daughter Jessica Marie
Born tonight around eleven pm
Weighing in at eight pounds three.
Already I’ve been told she is a gem
So I’ll drive to Bacchus Marsh and see.

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Magic

No more the time of magic, it’s now that of man
Merlin and his kin have left the stage and sleep
Slumbering in their caves awaiting until when
Once more they must emerge from sleep so deep
Working spells, until once again magic governs

And once again in battle we will see the way
Strength of arm with sword, or axe and shield,
The mighty kings must field and fight the fey
With blow for blow, or spell for spell, or yield
And in the end, weaker magic will lose the day.

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Regalo di amore, (Gift of love)

Given to the light, is a gift of love
I search the heavens to thank the stars
But all I see are reflections from above
That tells me that this gift alone is ours
What is love but wealth undreamed of.

I see a flight of angels delivering this gift
One who has oft-times drawn his bow
And rarely has his arrow flown adrift.
His victims all possess that special glow
Gained sometimes sneaky, oft-times swift.

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Surfing Time

On the seas of time we will always be,
Board bound to the tides of thought
Awaiting the wave for you, and for me
This board, experience’s dearly bought
Those waves of time surfing for eternity.

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Time

On and on it goes, on through endless time
Never ever letting go of the person we love.
Two souls are searching for the path sublime
Connected yet apart, and always cognisant of
That to others they will always be, a paradigm.

They do not challenge love, they merely live it
Awake to each others ways and sharing joys
Welcoming changes never fearing to commit
Knowing that secrets in love, always destroys
Smiling as at the end of time Heaven admits.

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Time Circles

Time grows in rippled rings, spreading out,
Circling round the things that you first did
Sharing something you cannot be without
Words and music your mind can never rid
It is now part of your soul, there is no doubt.

The food, the places you dined are all there
That first night, and the splash you created
Are those ripples of love formed with care
And all that is your love can never be dated
These memories are there for you to share.

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Leny Roovers

Bridge of Dreams

As minds reach out to form a bridge of dreams,
her piers will each behold a virtue shared;
truth is the mortar, strengthening new seams,
while hope upholds the arches heaven bared-
fierce honesty protects all well-placed beams.
The road on our bridge is paved with stones,
each gem reflects a treasure love unfolds.
When coloured sparks bear fire to our bones,
soft flames of love will burn in shades of gold;
first virtues' fire cleanses- then it hones.

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Bridge of Time

Across the valleys of each life we share,
we build a bridge of Time from hand-formed stones;
each step will bring us closer, draw souls bare.
Between the girders lies our blood and bone-
cemented in its road, our dreams and cares.

The passages of Time we walk in trust;
as slowly we slip off our heavy load,
we feel how muscles ease and spines adjust.
Upright we move to reach our crossing roads-
we’re humbled by Time's bridge's upward thrust.

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Correction

A-B-A-B-A, the master just told,
is what a Sicilian Quintain's made of;
A-B-A-B-B, I used to unfold
it's sweet English sister, written with love.
I thus stand corrected, lo and behold!

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Eudora's Demise

I'm trapped in spider's sticky worldwide web,
it clings inside my mind and strangles thought;
each added thread puts off the lull of ebb-
resistance's futile, struggling comes to nought.
POP3, SMTP has left me fraught!

It seemed so easy, to set up my mail;
the implantation of a new hard disc
had finally removed dark mourning veils,
my Dell companion overcame Death's risk,
regained his energy, his pace was brisk.

Incoming mail flew smoothly as it should,
new settings for a new provider worked-
yet outbound messages were not so good,
stuck in virtual limbo, they just lurked.
The helpdesk wanted money, before perks.

I'd always used Eudora mail online;
safe and trustworthy it had caused no pain,
protected me from viruses malign.
Demon's death put me in Tiscali's bane-
Eudora died by Outlook's hands, was slain…

I'm mourning her demise, I'd grown attached
over the years, to have her at my call;
she never was unwilling to dispatch
my mails, she sent, received each one and all.
Developments in modern mail- her fall.

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Lord of the Castle

As raindrops patter on the windowpanes,
within, my heart bleeds silently in tune-
the king, who captured it for his domain,
has left to go out raiding, back in June.
My dreams have shown fighting and in pain.

When will my lord come back from his campaign?
My aching heart still hopes it will be soon,
will he return when enemies are slain,
or has his blood been spilled, his armour strewn?
My dreams have shown him captive, held in chains.

My castle shows the banners of his reign
to ward off strangers, aiming for his boon.
Without my lord I will not entertain,
I'm dreaming of the rise of a new moon-
when he'll ride home, ahead of his platoon.

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Nigh's Void

As cotton's touch lays cool against my cheek,
I feel night's breeze reach out to kiss my skin;
soft darkness is enticing me to peek
behind the veils of unborn dreams within.
His caring hands are strong-my feet, still weak.

Beyond the rift laments a violin;
it echoes on my heart-strings, I can't speak.
Void's fulfilled emptiness invites me in,
beside his velvet luster, bright seems bleak.
As shrieking colours fade, I find soul's twin.

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Sky’s grace

As concrete rises, hiding Sun’s warm face,
outside my room, his light grows slowly dimmer,
never again I’ll see trees’ leafless lace,
when winter’s grip calls forth Moons’ fading shimmer.
Grey high rise has replaced Sky’s stunning grace.

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Sky Ships

White sky ships ride on rippling waves of blue,
their full-blown sails are fat from wind's cool drive;
my threaded dreams will fly with them to you.
As kite-tails full of messages arrive,
you will look up and know my love's alive.

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Sky Ships II

As seas of heaven turn to gray today,
each of my sky-ships wears a heavy shroud;
they flock together- none will drift astray
while Aeolus' brute force attacks each cloud.
They lean into his breath, their white heads proud.

Above their crowded bodies waits the Sun,
he tries to peep between the gaps now shown
as finally god's anger gets undone.
Sun's warming rays reach Aeolus' cold throne-
my sky-ships are released, when storms atone.

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Summer released

As playful winds sweep up wide skirts of trees,
shy Summer finally appears again.
It has been weeks since she last dared the breeze,
fat clouds’ held her imprisoned in dark chains-
last night big storms contrived to set her free.

When tempest broke her bonds with angry shouts,
I’d feared that never more I’d feel her kiss.
My heart is settling down, relieved of doubt,
she holds me in the warm embrace I missed.
Her golden face smiles down, on reaching out.

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Threads of Light

I'm weaving threads of light from heart to throat;
each added strand shines brighter than the last
till I'm enveloped by a sparkling coat.
Uprooted weeds that once rose in my past,
I'll put in light's clear stream- I watch strings float.

These filaments of woe will wither soon-
immersed in cleansing light they'll turn to gold;
they'll be like night's clear stars, on velvet strewn,
reflecting jewels of light, my eyes behold-
the stillness of my lake mirrors the moon.

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Words

Like soothing waves your words flow in my ears;
in gentle song, composed to thrill my soul,
they flood my inner core, dilute salt tears.
Vibrations' rhythms comfort and console,
till crystalled pain retreats and disappears.

The void is filled with harmony's delight,
as music finds each hollow to complete.
Sweet poetry is tempting to invite,
her lure is strong as chocolate- and as sweet.
Your words dare me to follow poet's write.

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Yoga XVI

Deep in my belly sleeps a perfect snake,
in centered balance I can feel his weight,
with pranayăma he is called awake;
its slow arising in my spine pulls straight-
adjusting muscles lose their knotted ache.



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Peggy Nelson

Dedicated To Jessica Marie

A bundle of joy has arrived today
Extending the love of husband and wife
A precious baby girl to love each day
bringing happiness throughout their lives
Many open arms to embrace, Jessica Marie in a loving way

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Evil Verse Love

Two bodies shall conspire surprises
Evil grows near being more tributary
The wings of inspiration shall arise
And in time peace and sovereignty
Love spreads and shall recover our life’s.

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Kiss Me

Kiss me carefully for you will know full well
Your kisses frilled and added fuel to my fire
When love kisses have filled our loving spell
Know our kisses though our life will not expire
Kiss me once more; before more sleep dreams tell

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Life’s Taken A Toll

Fighting back and silencing turmoil from you
Blue candles flicker throughout each room
Once keen on love, now forgotten and blue
Outside my realm world’s horrors consumed
Inside I’m crazed and criticized by you

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Someday

Stunning dreams of love and play
Dreams of unshakable love
Play and dance though out the day
A powerful envision sent from above
A belief to beguile someday

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Someone

Someone special was standing in the shadow of darkest dreams
Where sorrows and storms sculptured his depressing utterance
Until he found her; her eyes spoke of mystical sky-scraping esteem
His life swells and songs now sung, as she had made a difference
The twosome steals special moments of sensually satisfied themes

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Sometimes

Sometimes everyone searches the skies above, the land below for
that special shinning star or someone on shore that holds no bars
We fall in love as time passes; yes, yes we utter we do want more
And when scribbling on about surprising stars and shores afar
Sometimes we finally met the star we’ve been searching for

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Time Changes

At times we have all walked the valley of doubt
Hurling and swirling like leaves, in autumn with no hope
Time changed and destiny prevailed, giving insightful clout
Tranquility willing stimulated and gave courage to cope
Escaping again to face again and conquer times layout

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Nicola Wynter

Ascending

On swallows wing answers are found in space,
For freedom there is yours for the taking,
As you watch wondrous worlds open with grace
Like petals unfolding to suns waking
First rays, berry stained clouds framing its face.

Yellow swallowtail flight conspires our ends,
Drifting lazily above earth, such delight
From dreams captured there, amongst trees do wend,
spiraling upwards, clouds reflect all light,
Where spirits wait and friends may ascend.

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Don't Look Back

Come in from the cold winters night chill,
Lay by the fires light, for there time stops,
Forget the desert days, quench your thirst till
You find two heart light's have come to the top
Of the pinnacle of loves truest will.

Don't look back to the past, it is dead cold,
Look forward into the glimmer of dreams
For they warm us in our present days hold,
Take us to forevers time where we seem
Not to mind the swirling winds that dreams unfold.

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In Time

In time, new light of destiny will come
To shine in fresh meadows of future days,
A Spring leaf greening in Autumn's season,
Out of rhyme, eventualities ray,
One day will appear and bring peace to some.

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Leny & Ryter

Time’s embrace

Hold me tight in Time’s embrace- love’s bouquet
bewitches, heady perfumes’ peaks rise steeply;
feast upon my juicy flesh, love’s buffet
is offering tasty dishes- kiss me deeply,
drink my breath and eat my lips- we’re Time’s prey.

Savour the time offered speeding by so fast
Each touch a delicious minute of life spent
And treat each second as if it were our last
Who knows time may change and re-invent
And even slow itself to enjoy a lustful feast.

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Zeberucht...(Eternal Flame)

Tonight as the music plays I remember
Later I will sleep and perhaps dream
Thinking about what lit this fiery ember
That heats my soul to hot extremes
I wonder tonight if you will remember

Phoenix rising

As flames of memories crowd in night’s dreams,
their faded ghosts keep walking in my mind.
Soft, haunting voices echo long past screams,
in imprints that old thrills have left behind.
From glowing ashes rises Phoenix’ gleams.

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Ryter & Trewir

Candle

Like a candle our love burned too bright
In our passion, we tasted too well, too soon
Senses never sated until far into the night.
Lust’s fires extinguished, by loss of gloom
With day, love sped away, into the light.

Whisked away into another candle light
Till webs weaved depleted their love in June
Time flashed forward and back to brighter sight
Together again, love is dancing a powerful tune,
In the romantically close netted; timeless might

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