2010 Poetry Form Challenge
This septet form is taken from the musical dance form which has an alternate meter of:
3 - 4, and what could be more fitting than having a poem derived from a dance. The original Saraband
was a dance of Asian origin introduced into Spain in the 16th century and later to the courts of France and
The meter follows the dance with two stanzas. The first one of 3 lines, and the second of 4 lines.
The rhyme scheme is;
b. c. etc.
In the Tercet all three lines may rhyme, in the French version, only lines one and three rhyme.
The Quatrain can vary from
the Spanish (shown in the example); French; b. b. c. c.
or Italian; b. c. c. b.,
and it is not uncommon to mix Quatrains, ie. Spanish with French or Italian when writing long poems.
For the purist each line comprises of Eight (8) syllables but there are examples of Iambic and Trochaic
Come! Walk with me
Come! Walk with me in the moonlight
Holding hands as we cross the sands
Together sharing this starry night
What's forgotten we remember
That our love existed before time.
Each new life revives those embers
I am yours, just as you are mine
The dawn will reaffirm our vow,
We will see what Fate will allow,
And take what she gives us for now.
Tomorrow promises us naught
For what we have cannot be bought
But I know what will be the best
You held eternally against my chest.
- Maryse Achong
- Divena Collins
- Circle of Life
- Dreams Come True
- Enchanted Flute
- Friends of the Forest
- If Cows Could Fly
- Lady Autumn
- Pages Of Fantasy
- Up and Beyond
- Lorraine Dafney
- Peggy Nelson
- Let's Taste Love
- Morning Stars
- Reason A Poteet
- Hear the Bells
- Royce's Choice, the Sarabande
- Your Tirade Comes
- Ryter Roethicle
- At the Marriot
- Cyber Dreams
- Dancing to Love Tune
- Days Will Come
- How Can
- Sailors Death
- True North
- Veils Lifted
- Nia Wynne
We crave peace in our broken land
And so we pray Maranatha'
This unrest we don't understand.
This used to be a happy place
Where crimes were few and far between
But now it is a different place
That shows a most distressing scene.
Don't get me wrong, I love my home
And there's no place I'd rather be
And I have lost my yen to roam.
Still when I read the news each day,
See on TV the blood that's shed
I feel I want to run away
I'm tired of counting the dead.
So many lives lost every week,
Gang warfare, as they fight for turf,
With the drug trade now at its peak.
'Time to bring back the hangman's noose
Is what some people advocate
Perhaps if they reintroduce
It, it will drop the murder rate.
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Circle of Life
Spirits flowing from hand to hand
Forms circles of friends thereof
Sharing love throughout the land;
For mutual understanding of life
Human instinct to share and give
Shall relieve the needy from strife
And provide their reason to live.
Rich or poor whatever we may be
We all need to reach out for love
But some have eyes that do not see;
And not everybody wishes to know
In this World we shall have no other
While the spirits of these hands flow
We shall have the same earth Mother.
Dreams Come True
How I long to walk hand in hand
Within thy dream of eternal love
Way beyond, in a far away land;
I shalt be there my love for thee
For as our love was once before
Shalt be once again for eternity
Within loving arms for evermore.
I long to be close day and night
To sleep contented in your arms,
`Til the dawning of mornings light;
To watch the sunlight in your eyes
Feeling warmth from our first kiss
To awaken loves passionate sighs
This my love shall be ultimate bliss.
The sound of music filled the air
In a magical woodland this day
A faerie with flowers in her hair
Played merrilie upon her flute
Butterflies fluttering tempo new
Within wings of a mystic salute
Then a rainbow of fantasy grew
Images danced from near and far
For the enchantment of this flute,
Flew to earth on a shooting star
Where crystalized dew drops play
This haunting melody of a dream
Soft movements of a classic ballet
Whence fantasies reign supreme.
Friends Of The Forest
Come now gather closer to me
Thy dear friends of the forest
That dwell together in harmony;
For forever thy may live in peace
And ne`er a hunter mar thy trail,
Nor render thy pattern to cease
For thy freedom must now prevail.
This woodlands big enough for all
To dwell side by side together
Come harken to the wild life call;
For they all have the gift of life
If they are only given a chance,
Ne`er having to bear the strife
Nor spears from a hunters lance.
So pity the beasts large and small
And be thankful to thy lord above
That thou art humane and above all;
Be kind and give them affection
Every creature that dwells on land,
Survive with love and protection
Thy caring heart with gentle hand.
If Cows Could Fly
If only a cow had wings to fly,
O`er fields and meadows of green
Way up high in an azure blue sky
Far across the deepest blue sea,
Oh if only a cow had two wings,
To fly with ease so wild and free
With butterflies, and birds that sing.
They say that gas pollutes the air
And cows are the culprits therein
But really do they think thats fair;
What about the jets aviation fuel
Toxic waste from human consumption,
Methane from cows are not so cruel
Man made excuse of revultion.
Be happy cows dont have wings to fly
For they would be targets for sure
As they could aim down from the sky;
Within rights they can all fight fair
It wasn`t too bad in the years past,
When we said `twas good country air`
Until recent when the blame was cast.
Away from this world as spirits soar
She remains in a dormant sleep
A sweet repose on woodland floor
`Neath the bare spread of an oak
Upon wind blown autumnal pages
Enfolded within her seasons cloak
She remained thro`out the ages.
Out of this world her spirits soar
Once again this pattern takes flight
But she shall arise like e`er before
Flourishing forth towards the spring
To blossom again as days of yore
While migrant birds returned to sing
And so shall this be for evermore.
Pages Of Fantasy
She sat at the foot of the stairs
With a picture book in her hand
Within this treasury she shares;
Fantasies hidden deep inside
As she turned the fragile page
The pictures appeared outside
As faerie tale images engage.
For her fantasy within came true
She closed her lids in wonder
All had appeared then to view;
Each page she turned it seems
Images that appear to surround
Enbedded within sweet dreams
Visions from her slumber abound.
Do not utter words not even a sound
To awaken my pooch from her nap
Tired was she from running around ;
Must always let sleeping hounds lay
After all she took me out on walks
`Twas I who chased squirrels away
Yet she who slept around the clock.
She sleeps with one eye on her dish
And her nose is twitching for food
I wonder what would madam wish;
On the menu for her dinner today
For she shall be ever my treasure
She knows I will spoil her this way
Loyalty never comes in half measure.
Up And Beyond
She shall fly thro` clouds on high
Upon a magical carpet of satin
To follow the geese thro` the sky.
Into this mystical haven so fair
With beautiful fragrant flowers
Woven as ribbons within her hair
Violets blossom from the bower.
Her silent dreams showed the way
Dense the mist thro` fluffy clouds
Voices from guardian angels say
Soft as a whisper they did provoke
Go back, go back where you belong
Your place is not here they did evoke
Down to earth from up and beyond.
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I look at life so differently
Since youth and see all its wonders
As I grow old maturity
Seems to guide my decisions now
I've crossed thresholds some new some old
With courage when I'm questioned how
You have to take chances be bold
Listen to your inner voice it
Will guide you through and never quit
Much to learn much to benefit
Brigh smile new day awakens all
Follow your dreams as each one calls
Enjoy the music life presents
Share love be happy and content
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Let's Taste Love.
Let's fly away into the night
Where love is noteworthy to write
Where joy and peace set hearts flight
Let's feel our hearts weave patiently
Open our hearts to trickle like rain
Paint emotions colorfully
Erase confusion, erase pain
Let's see the colors of sunshine
Step into compassion so fine
Giving soft whispers, voice your mine
Let's press against the force of life
Experience goodness we thrive
Why wait moments; wasted on strife
When we can see what we derive...
Let's show faithfully, for awhile
Speak words of kindness; love style
Walk, talk, laugh and lovers smile
Let's Feel our love feverously
Hold on tight for another night
Our lives will be differently
Let's taste love from another light...
Morning Stars glitter in the sky
Love grows stronger, walked side by side
Days pass brighter time shifts; slips by
Smiling faces, bright as the sun
Two hearts power being as one
continuing life, we go on
We're blest each day from dawn to dawn
Night time falls, cuddled close in bed
Loving greatness we shall be feed
Watching corridors in dreams homestead
Our Days pass brighter, time slips by
Blest each day from dawn to dawn
Lifting our spirits traveled on
Stars Brilliantly glitter the sky...
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Reason A Poteet
Hear the Bells
Hear the bells most ev'ry morning!
Major plot stillborn has sounded
shaky nation's jagged warning.
Men brood their loss and lie in jail
until their sponsors pay their bail.
And then they lie upon the stand,
O, hear the bells throughout the land.
Royce's Choice, the Sarabande
Folks show'ring her with potpourri,
sweet Sallie starts her odyssey
dancing up the aisle t'wards me.
The vows all said 'mid candles glow,
we kiss, sashaying down the row.
The cleric shouts with lifted voice
"I give you, Todd and Sarah Royce."
A hundred days in this romance
has found my wife with looks askance.
Her first love is, of course, the dance.
I twist, I step to reappraise
this waltz through life in cabarets.
She cancans while I play the 'bone;
we move this way apart, alone.
Watching her with dance technician,
ascertaining her ambition
off'ring little opposition
I yield divorce to Roger Band -
who grabs the chance for Sallie's hand.
Thus Royce's choice, a power play
for Sarah Band - dance protege.
Your Tirade Comes
Your tirade comes, it doth commence,
a hundred miles away I sense
your raging, whiny voice so tense.
In restful tones, my evening sigh
doth thank the stars, you're far away.
I shirk my duties ever nigh
and thoughts engage where'er they may.
As I recline, dark quickly falls
and in my dreams, I snub your calls.
Yet when I wake, receding walls
resound your quick return to home.
Oh, how my heart longs to be free
to take the route that lets me roam
those miles that parted me from thee.
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Comforted only by this semi darkness
As hypnotic flickering candles shine
How could my life be such a mess
As I sit here I feel music flow over me
Reminiscing about those midnight kisses
Silently remembering what used to be
Our mountain of love the deepest abyss.
I tried to talk to you and make amends
As I sit here alone drinking my wine.
You won't talk, how can we be friends?
Is fantasy just another world of lies
Can we truly love in this crazy world?
What is laughter but the start of sighs,
Sighs and tears as truth is unfurled.
At The Marriot
In Hassall Street the parrots call
The chatter begins before first light
Then ne'er ceasing till darkness fall.
A thousand birds will fill the trees
All seek different companies.
Parakeets, galahs, cockatoos too
Add their colours to this view.
At first light make their presence felt
Assembling in squawking work gangs
Along this once lush green belt.
The grass parrots seem to stay aloof
As if beauty alone needed proof
When good looks exist there's no doubt
There is no need to scream or shout.
As if to prove what I say is right
Look at the birds, who're as black as night
Though whiteness doesn't say I'm right.
But minors, crows and maggies too
A loud and noisy thieving trio
They're who inspired this scenario,
And you know what I say is true.
Its ancient echoes fade into the blackness
Tick, tock, the second hand makes a move
When it may end we still can only now guess.
Or better yet, what is this thing called time,
I've smelled Gardenias once, so sublime?
I've raised a glass to toast my dearest friend,
I've lived a life that time cannot transcend.
Times rough hands have swept past my heart
Leaving me, ticking, alone once again.
The pendulum swings but the chimes won't start
Standing in a corner, stately and staid
A face devoid of numbers, dreams waylaid
Mechanisms rusted by the tears I cry
Can someone please help me before I die?
Shadows wait under the 'puter lamp
Outside hearing the midnight rain
Unconcerned by cold and biting damp.
Anticipation of half promises
And expectations raise dream levels.
Then unseen lips blow passioned kisses
Love translates from well formed vowels.
Messages become smiles on a sunny day
Comforting words ease a river of pain
Distance only becomes a keystroke away.
Caressing words spoken as you weep
Cyber arms to lift you from the deep
Of whatever hole you may have fallen
Raising you to your smiling self again.
Dancing to loves tune
Dancing to loves tune, spin and turn
The fever of love causes you to burn,
But whilst apart your innards churn.
Inside your heartbeat skips and pounds
And your lover’s steps you quickly learn
Bodies blending on your nightly sojourn
With the sensuous tempo of loving sounds
Your eternal love forever resounds
Each night to loves dancing we return
In a ballroom fitted for loving rounds.
Earthly bodies lie on silken grounds
There are no rules in love, no bounds
There is no contest, no points to earn,
Love gives all to which you yearn.
The Days Will Come
The days will come the days will go.
The hands of time move on and on,
And years will pass, not fast nor slow.
And in due time as our love grows
Eternity's silver torch has shone.
The days will come the days will go
The hands of time move on and on.
When suns have died there's only snow,
At the end of time when all is gone
Our love will outlast the world below.
Walking down life's path will show,
Counting weeks as they pass anon;
The days will come the days will go,
The hands of time move on and on.
The fire we made last night I see still glows
Though for a little while we must separate
And make our way apart through winter snows
That fire we made together was only a start
I promise there will be many other nights
And the flames when we see what love ignites
When we make loving a fine art.
The fire we made last night will always glow
The embers caused an ever burning flame
Commitments, made a kiss and an eternal vow
To share and link our souls together in love's game
That we spend together each time's no doubt.
Each life, each meeting, will always be the same,
We know that flame cannot ever blow out.
The fire we made last night the Gods now know
Even when asleep the fire is oftimes damped
But will remain agait, with a dull red glow
Just stir the coals and add the fuel and see
The flames will leap from love of thee and me.
From that humble start, be careful of the heat
White hot heat makes the union complete.
God gave Angels and birds the gift of flight
Leaving man to stomp and root around.
To many creatures he gave this right.
Yet we evolved and still stayed downed.
I look each day and watch the avians play
Identifying them all by call, by sound.
These calls tell me how they enjoy the day
As the evening falls listen to their calls
And bragging of the adventures found.
Of sink and holes and huge thermals.
Reaching to the black bottomed cloud
Then flying along streets that now abound
A final descent into the evenings shroud
Scornful of us mortals held to ground.
Full moon begets the darkest deeds
When evil spills out its wicked seeds
And creatures fulfil their basic needs.
As midnight strikes those fateful tolls
Hellish ghouls from the crypt crawls
Called forth by others demonic screams
Misbegotten from your worsed dreams.
Strangers had best beware this time
Wandering streets of potential crime
The locals too familiar with the slime.
At this time doors and windows barred
Armed men wary, standing guard
And yet each month with lunar wanes
Another family weeps their pains.
How can happiness cause these tears,
Excuse me a moment I must turn away?
Surely they are always caused by fears
How can love cause this to happen,
My heart to race a thousand miles an hour,
And things appear so misshapen
As tears from my eyes so happily pour?
I never thought happiness would make me cry
I always associated crying with misery
And sad events, bringing tears to my eyes.
With you I've laughed until I've felt pain
And been sad and happy at the same time.
Because of you it happens again and again,
A feeling inside me that is so sublime.
And only the sea shall know them
The ocean depth will be their grave
No wind will tug the wet shrouds hem
There is no church with bells to ring
No flowers cover the hallowed site
Nor choir with caring hymns to sing
Nor moon to shine its blessed light.
Neptune has claimed them all
And to his bosom they are gone
Till Armageddon makes its call
The day the sea gives up its dead.
The end of time, the end of night
When sailors will rise from their bed
Bathed in heavens blessed light.
What are lips if they are not shared?
What is love if it is not given,
And lovers if they are not paired?
Dreams are never what you expect,
Too late given were you to reject.
Make the most of what life offers
And dig deep into fates coffers.
What is Eternity if it's spent alone?
Two souls may seek awhile apart
Together finding how they have grown.
Where you to open what would you find?
Staying closed is staying blind!
Open life's doors let the light in
Face the future let life begin.
I have looked up into the stars for a sign
And searched the lands and seas
The answer was in your eyes all the time.
Now I know, and your doubt can see,
Leaving me knowing where to start.
The mouth that would seem to call me,
Could not tell me about your heart.
Now in a reality that is divine
We have felt minds touch at last
Realising our souls will combine.
What will happen now is up to us,
Time and tide, is anybodies guess.
Yet I have the feeling all is well,
Before time's end doubts will dispel.
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Twirling on the playground swing-
Gate, nothing matters but spring
And a thousand other things.
The birds that fly have their songs,
The wind carries all of it
By ocean breezes along
To happier shores visit.
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