2012 Form Challenges
#20 Pantoum

The Pantoum was originally a Malaysian form of poetry, but was adopted and adapted by the French and became very popular with them, Fouinet, Hugo and Baudelaire, being amongst the foremost users of this form. The French liked it probably because of the way the quatrains were linked to each other, making it similar to existing French forms.

The rhyme pattern is as follows; A1, B1, A2, B2, ... B1, C1, B2, C2, etc, the last stanza being Z1, A2, Z2, A1, note the reversal of the final repeat couplet thus completeing the circle.

Unlike most of these strict repeating forms if we retain the original Malaysian format, there is no set stanza count, syllable count, or need for the last stanza to repeat back to the first. This makes the Pantoum ideal for narratives that demand repetition or emphasis. The French tend to use an eight syllable count and repeat back to the first stanza. Here is a Malaysian example:

Claire de Lune

The moonlight shines on singing waters
A chorus repeated by humming stones
In a composition of competing meters
Bringing peace to my stressed bones.

A chorus repeated by humming stones
Under the light of a strawberry moon
Bringing peace to my stressed bones,
It's not hard for souls to become attuned.

Under the light of a strawberry moon
Two lovers watch falling under its spell.
It's not hard for souls to become attuned.

As we older lovers know only too well.

Terry Clitheroe



Pantoum



Maryse Achong

Loverly
Smooth Sailing

Terry Clitheroe

Again and Again
Circles
Claire de Lune
Doubts at Dusk
Everything Changes
Golden Rays
Gondwana
Jungles of Reality
Knight to Queen
Lucked Out
Memories
One Special
Pain of Parting
Penang Dawn
To Be With Eagles
Tonights Menu
Value the Blackness
Visitors
Zebb
Zeitgeist

Divena Collins

Age Verses Youth
Autumn Illusion
Devils Eye
Eternity of Love
Last Wolf
Lily Maid
Natural Disatsers
Natures Tapestry
Pledge of Love
Sunset of Love
Tropical Storm
Wee Bit O' Scandal

Jem Farmer

Dawn of Love
Fond Goodbye
Golden Rust
Love In Twilight
Remember Them All
Starting Over
Tears of Rain

Ivor Hogg

Love
Well adapted to the task



Maryse Achong

Loverly

Love is supposed to be a joyous thing
A time when all the world seems glorious
When happy thoughts fill minds and make hearts sing
And spirits are gentle and generous

A time when all the world seems glorious,
For problems shared are problems halved, you see,
And spirits are gentle and generous,
For love makes us the best that we can be.

For problems shared are problems halved, you see,
When each one knows the other's love is true
For love makes us the best that we can be,
Secure that our beloved loves us too.

When there is trust being in love is good,
Without trust we're just 'spinning top in mud.

-----

Smooth Sailing

We oft take the path of least resistance
Choosing to switch our auto pilots on
We cruise through life, really an existence,
No battles to be lost, or to be won.

Choosing to switch our auto pilots on,
We take the easy road, go with the flow,
No battles to be lost or to be won,
We're merely spectators in life's great show.

We take the easy road, go with the flow
Our only concern not to 'rock the boat',
We’re merely spectators in life's great show,
Content to drift along once we're afloat.

Our only concern not to 'rock the boat',
We ignore other routes along the way,
Content to drift along once we're afloat,
No challenges to meet, dragons to slay.

We ignore other routes along the way,
Forgoing chances we won't see again,
No challenges to meet, dragons to slay,
We let joy pass so as to avoid pain.

Forgoing chances we won't see again,
We cruise through life, really an existence,
We let joy pass so as to avoid pain
When we take the path of least resistance.

back to list

Terry Clitheroe

Again and Again (French)

Again and again, I kiss your lips
Knowing you can no longer feel me
No longer feeling my fingertips
But I remember what used to be

Knowing you can no longer feel me
No longer able to feel your heat
But I remember what used to be
How strong our hearts used to beat.

No longer can I feel your heat
For my death has made us part
How strong our hearts used to beat.
Yet I know I can feel your heart.

I know my death has made us part
No longer feeling my fingertips
Yet I know I can feel your heart.
As again and again I kiss your lips.



-----

Circles (Modern)

We travel through our lives
Each leaving behind our trails
Like wagon wheels on the virgin plains
Or footprints in the fresh beach sand

Each leaving behind our trails
The wind will raise the grass
Or footprints in the fresh beach sand
The tide will wash away our sin

The wind will raise the grass
They will be harvested soon
The tide will wash away our sin
And the fields will become dust.

They will be harvested soon
So the seasons go, as do we
And the fields will become dust
So that the circle may begin again.



-----

Claire de Lune (Malaysian)

The moonlight shines on singing waters
A chorus repeated by humming stones
In a composition of competing meters
Bringing peace to my stressed bones.

A chorus repeated by humming stones
Under the light of a strawberry moon
Bringing peace to my stressed bones,
It's not hard for souls to become attuned.

Under the light of a strawberry moon
Two lovers watch falling under its spell.
It's not hard for souls to become attuned.
As we older lovers know only too well.



-----

Doubts at Dusk

For a while the moon hides behind the clouds
Hesitant to show her face because she knows
What will happen when we lift the shrouds
When all of her secrets become exposed.

Hesitant to show her face because she knows
There is no mystery with love only secrets
When all of her secrets become exposed,
Then all too often decisions become regrets.

There is no mystery with love only secrets,
That oft have a way of ignoring what is true.
Then all too often decisions become regrets,
And what was thought wise begin to rue.

That oft have a way of ignoring what is true.
This is human, when we should look about
And what was thought wise we begin to rue,
Creating blackness and encouraging doubt

This is human, when we should look about
Realising that the absence of moon leaves us
Creating blackness and encouraging doubt.
Instead sleep in comfort in that darkness.



-----

Everything Changes

Turn back in fear tis not your night
No human is welcome in this place.
If not in fear then respect our right
That once a year we show "Our Face".

No human is welcome in this place
As the environment changes awhile,
And once a year we show our face
An appearance you think may be vile.

As the environment changes awhile,
Creatures appear you wouldn't believe.
An appearance you think may be vile
That only madness could conceive.

Creatures appear you wouldn't believe.
But "All Hallows" is such a night
That only madness could conceive,
And create an opposite to your right.

But "All Hallows" is such a night
If not in fear then respect our right
Creating an opposite to your right
Turn back in fear tis not your night.



-----

Gondwana Voices

Before the world was touched by tide
Or the moon let loose to rule us all.
No creatures roamed for lack of air
Or swam in a sea that wasn't there.

The moon was let loose to rule us all
Changing the world as she moved on
Things swam in a sea just began
The sun coaxed life to move and form.

Changing the world as she moved on
Things swam in a sea just began
The sun coaxed life to move and form.
Then Pangaea was really formed.

-----

Golden Rays

Golden rays strike the Earth, yet do not bounce
The wintry soil reluctantly accepts the sun
Even though too rare is seen this solar pounce
Preferred dull skies and days of clouds have begun.

The wintry soil reluctantly accepts the sun
And for a while rekindled warmth remembered.
Preferred dull skies and days of clouds have begun
And sounds of falling rain too rarely heard.

And for a while rekindled warmth remembered.
Then prayers for "Old time winters ring out"
And sounds of falling rain too rarely heard,
Will raise our hopes and out of happiness shout.



-----

Jungles of Reality

How much freer is the jungle of reality
At home amongst the hardwood trees?
I feel the energy seeping back into me
In this lush shelter, I can do as I please.

At home amongst the hardwood trees
Civilisation has not left its bitter scar.
In this lush shelter, I can do as I please
Its here I will build my final gunyah.

Civilisation has not left its bitter scar
The wounds are in the jungle of my mind.
Its here I will build my final gunyah
Here I will rest till eternal peace I find.



-----

Knight to Queen

In my dreams I can feel you there
Knowing then I was not alone
I drift through space to bring you here
And place you upon a throne.

Knowing then I was not alone
You are my Queen of Hearts, I swear
And place you upon a throne.
I am your knight and am prepared

You are my Queen of Hearts, I swear
And will defend you and your honour
I am your knight and am prepared
What else is there you are my amore?



-----

Lucked Out

I'm comforted only by this semi darkness
As hypnotic flickering candles shine
How could my life become such a mess?
Sitting here alone drinking my wine.

Hypnotic flickering candles shine
As I sit here I feel music flow over me
Sitting here alone drinking my wine.
Silently remembering what life used to be

As I sit here I feel music flow over me
Reminiscing about those midnight kisses
Silently remembering what life used to be
The mountain of love became the deepest abyss

Reminiscing about those midnight kisses
Is fantasy just another world of lies?
The mountain of love became the deepest abyss
What is laughter but the start of sighs?

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.

Can we truly love in this crazy world?
I tried to talk to you and make amends
Sighs and tears as truth is unfurled.
But you won't talk, so how can we be friends?

I tried to talk to you and make amends
How could my life become such a mess
But you won't talk, so how can we be friends?
I'm comforted only by this semi darkness.



-----

Memories

The poignancy of my memory
Is acute as I see the night begin
My lovers spirit returns to me.
As soon as darkness closes in

As soon as I see the night begin
I know my loneliness is felt more
As soon as darkness closes in
I miss you walking through the door.

I know my loneliness is felt more
With music, or Vermouth, a glass of wine
I miss you walking through the door.
And little things that said, your mine.

With music, or Vermouth, a glass of wine
Seeing faces and events from the past
And little things that said, your mine.
Making promises that our love would last

Seeing faces and events from the past
Sometimes with confusing imagery.
Making promises that our love would last
Invade my consciousness randomly

Sometimes with confusing imagery.
Recourse to dreams in a surreal setting
Invade my consciousness randomly
Finally with dawn my sanity getting.



-----

One Special Day (French)

Time spent together goes by in blurs
One special day's gone in an hour
Avidly savouring what occurs
Fun time together has this power.

One special day's gone in an hour
There's no regrets, with time well spent
Fun time together has this power.
The Gods have given this simple present

There's no regrets, with time well spent
There's no regrets, with this endeavour
The Gods have given this simple present
Of memories that will last forever.

There's no regrets, with this endeavour
Avidly savouring what occurs
Of memories that will last forever.
Time spent together goes by in blurs



-----

Pain of Parting

If it is my pain or sorrow that you crave
I once collected a bottle full of my tears
One, each time you said goodbye, I'd save,
Then one day I had a sea of salty spheres.

I once collected a bottle full of my tears
Each one a dead heart drop that fell for you
Then one day I had a sea of salty spheres.
It multiplied, and colonized, as it grew.

Each one a dead heart drop that fell for you
Within that bottle was my life of such intensity
It multiplied, and colonized, as it grew
Creating whirlpools in a tideless sea.

Within that bottle was my life of such intensity
I took the bottle to the beach to pour
Creating whirlpools in a tideless sea,
I sat and watched the creatures from the shore.

I took the bottle to the beach to pour
The life born of my sorrow in the bay.
I sat and watched the creatures from the shore.
Perhaps my tears will swim to you one day.

The life born of my sorrow in the bay.
Worlds of life exist where none appears
Perhaps my tears will swim to you one day.
For life persists within that world of tears.



-----

Penang Dawn (Modern)

All I have to do is open my door
A table and chair's all I need mostly
From here I can see the dawn arise
My body is still set on Melbourne time.

A table and chair are all I need mostly
There's no birdsounds I am ahead of them
My body is still set on Melbourne time
As I hear the first soundings, I see the light.

There's no birdsounds I am ahead of them
Just for a while each nest holds a silent feast
As I hear the first soundings, I see the light.
As from forest clad mountain a light appears

Just for a while each nest holds a silent feast
Then a cacophony of sound breaks out
As from forest clad mountain a light appears
Then an avian symphony of sound breaks out.

Then a cacophony of sound breaks out
The bridge only lit by headlights emerges
Then an avian symphony of sound breaks out
As the rising sun wakes the flora from slumber

The bridge only lit by headlights emerges
Too soon civilisation rears its ugly head
As the rising sun wakes the flora from slumber
And I reluctantly rise returning to Earth again.



-----

To Be With Eagles

Tonight we sought to be with eagles
Souls have become like a passing bird,
Soaring beneath the clouded castles
As in silent spirals climbs ever upwards.

Souls have become like a passing bird,
That on seeing another might also enjoy,
As in silent spirals climbs ever upwards,
This mortal madness we would destroy.

That on seeing another might also enjoy,
This does in turn create its own confusion.
This mortal madness we would destroy.
To enjoy this ultimate heavenly fusion.

This does in turn create its own confusion
Are we prepared to forsake everything
To enjoy this ultimate heavenly fusion,
With time to share and with time to sing?

Are we prepared to forsake everything
As in silent spirals climbs ever upwards,
With time to share and with time to sing?
Tonight we sought to be with eagles!



-----

Tonights Menu

What is thy taste of me, salty perhaps?
Whilst thou are of the sweetest things
Yet one that causes no dietary collapse
Such ingredients may give angels wings

Whilst thou are of the sweetest things
I am more mundane, not fitting thy feast.
Such ingredients may give angels wings
Whilst mine created the grounded beast.

I am more mundane, not fitting thy feast.
Tis hoped my humble self pleaseth thee.
Whilst mine created the grounded beast
Heaven created your tasty body for me.

Tis hoped my humble self pleaseth thee,
With savoury nips saved for you alone.
Heaven created your tasty body for me
You've provided me a heavenly throne.



-----

Value the Blackness (French)

Value the blackness of the night
Its power to absorb all things
Whilst others come into our sight
We are never sure what that brings.

Its power to absorb all things
The uncertainty of what's occurred
We are never sure what that brings
Or frightened by the sounds heard.

The uncertainty of what's occurred
Yet still our minds pay senseless heed.
Or frightened by the sounds heard
The colds contractions' a normal deed.

Yet still our minds pay senseless heed
Normal light and colours don't exist.
The colds contractions' a normal deed
Hold power for a spiritual tryst.

Normal light and colours don't exist
Whilst others come into our sight.
Hold power for a spiritual tryst
And value the blackness of the night.



-----

Visitors (Malaysian)

Here, take your sweets and drinks my dears
And taste the best of flesh and blood
Go ahead, eat and drink it all my dears
You know it all will do you good.

Here taste the best of flesh and blood
I gathered it all myself.
You know it all will do you good
It's all fresh and good for your health.

I gathered it all myself
Specially for All Hallows night.
It's all fresh and good for your health
Go on dears just take a little bite!

It's special for All Hallows night
But not many children come here
Go on dears just take a little bite,
Don't run away there's nought to fear.



-----

Zebb (French)

He is alone in a city of millions
they ignore that fact he is there at all
he does not meet with their expectations
and so he is faced with a sea of walls.

They ignore that fact he is there at all
yet he is alone with so many around
and so he is faced with a sea of walls.
The drone of their voices a grating sound.

Yet he is alone with so many around
with no solace for his troubled soul.
The drone of their voices a grating sound
his habit seeks only to fill the hole.

With no solace for his troubled soul,
in ignorance it is not that, which he seeks.
His habit seeks only to fill the hole,
and he feels solace is only for the weak.

In ignorance it is not that, which he seeks.
he does not meet with their expectations
and he feels solace is only for the weak.
He is alone in a city of millions.



-----

Zeitgeist (Malaysian)

Spring is the beginning of life again
this world is cold, refreshed and new.
The fresh life smiles and welcomes rain
and to all of winter's ills we bid, "Adieu".

This world is cold, refreshed and new,
with time for thought, casting off old evils,
and to all of winter's ills we bid, "Adieu",
forgetting all about last years travails.

With time for thought, casting off old evils,
seeing all new life beginning to form and shoot.
Forgetting all about last years travails,
inspired as life is green, pushing out new roots.

Seeing all new life beginning to form and shoot,
and scents and odours forgotten in darker times,
inspiring as life is green, pushing out new roots,
motivating old poets to write new rhymes.

Scents and odours forgotten in darker times,
forgetting all about last years travails,
motivate old poets to write new rhymes,
In a world that is cold, refreshed and new.



back to list

Divena Collins

Age Verses Youth (Modern)

Within her mind she feels so young
She appears in a mirror as old
where have her past years all gone
But why should she feel the same.

She appears in a mirror as old
Yet mirrors shall never lie
But why should she feel the same
Old maybe yet young in mind.

There is no going back to future
For it simply shall not be there
There is nothing left of youth
Except unforgotten memories.

If it simply shall not be there
It is then time to face the facts
There is nothing left of youth
Yet still she surrenders to love.



-----

Autumn Illusion (Malaysian)

When autumn leaves begin to fade
Leaving a carpet of gold and fawn
Tinted illusions of an image is made
Within a patchwork of golden dawn.

Leaving a carpet of gold and fawn
An autumn hound had lost her way
Within a patchwork of golden dawn.
Shaded hues upon a fine misty day.

An autumn hound had lost her way
It was hard for her to figure out
Shaded hues upon a fine misty day
Lost in a maze with leaves all about.

It was hard for her to figure out
For shades around her were new
Lost in a maze with leaves all about
Yet with a familiar scent she knew.



-----

Devils Eye

Black are the skies of hallowed eve
Soon awakens the spirits of death
A dark vision with a spell to weave
Never no more to take a breath.

Soon awakens the spirits of death
To walk the night within his spell
Never no more to take a breath
Death shall be cast as a living hell.

To walk the night within his spell
He haunts the souls of the weak
Death shall be cast as a living hell
For the devil shall prey on the meek.

He haunts the souls of the weak
A dark vision with a spell to weave
For the devil shall prey on the meek
Black are the skies of hallowed eve.



-----

Eternity of Love (French)

As they glance within ageing eyes
What they saw was eternity of love
For a love that lingers never dies
As love remains stronger thereof.

What they saw was an eternity of love
Time went by when youth had past
As love remains stronger thereof.
And the golden years are now cast

Time went by when youth had past
This love shall remain theirs forever
And the golden years are now cast
Eternal promises of being together.

This love shall remain theirs forever
For a love that lingers never dies
Eternal promises of being together
As they glance within ageing eyes.



-----

Last Wolf (Malaysian)

Deep in the womb of a wolfs lair
Her cubs were borne to be free
Hidden from man who has no care
But if only their hearts could see.

Her cubs were born to be free
Only to be persecuted from land
But if only their hearts could see.
Oh if they only could understand.

Only to be persecuted from land
Devoid of their rights to survive
Oh if only they could understand
They have every reason to thrive.

Devoid of their rights to survive
To return back what was taken
They have every reason to thrive
When future generations awaken.



-----

Lily Maid (Modern)

She rests within the flowing stream
Amidst reeds and ever rippling waters
That runs through this mystical scene
Within sweet death a lily maid sleeps.

Amidst reeds and ever rippling waters
Still the night within a heavenly scent
Within sweet death a lily maid sleeps
Humidity forms her blanket of warmth.

Still the night within a heavenly scent
She whispers a lullaby of natures bliss
Within sweet death a lily maid sleeps
Deeply upon the fragments of a dream.

She whispers a lullaby of natures bliss
As day break awakens flowing waters
Deeply upon the fragments of a dream
She arose amidst a soft morning dew.



-----

Natural Disasters (Malaysian)

Time shall tell what the future has in store
There is no certainty what ever it should be
But this is how it could be forever more
As tidal waves swell inland from the sea.

There is no certainty what ever it should be
Shall it be a Volcano that erupts here below
As tidal waves swell inland from the sea
Should nature decide that life has to go.

If it is a volcano that erupts here below
Or meteor`s from the sky sent to destroy
Should nature decide that life has to go
If there`s nothing upon earth left to enjoy.



-----

Natures Tapestry (Malaysian)

She creates a mystic vision of nature
Softly green wraps her cloak of sage
Such beauty enfolds her earthen stature
That opens pages upon a by gone age.

Softly green wraps her cloak of sage
This natural presence within her stance
That opens pages upon a bygone age
Visions of beauty at an eternal glance.

This natural presence within her stance
Of the hills pasture`s and woodland
Visions of beauty at an eternal glance
It was only she that could understand.

Of the hills pastures and woodland
Within keeping of seasons tapestry
It was only she that could understand.
Deep within visions of natures artistry.


From Nucleus - Moki

-----

Pledge of Love

There is nothing that I would do or say
That may harm this love I have for you
For my affection within shall always stay
Forever more my love shall remain true.

What may harm this love I have for you
Shall ever be the last thing on my mind
Forever more my love shall remain true
How can they prove that love my is blind.

Shall ever be the last thing on my mind
I have no intentions to slight this love
It cannot be proven that love is blind
It is written within the heavens above.

I have no designs to slight this love
And feel thy touch that does me thrill
It is written within the heavens above.
And forever surrenders unto thy will.


-----

Sunset of Love (Malaysian)

Calm the night when a sunset glows
When all is quiet and still the ocean
And only a gentle breeze shall blow
Dreams awaken unto natures emotion.

When all is quiet and still is the ocean
All they need is to be close together
Dreams awaken to natures emotion.
Then lovers shall be lovers forever.

All they need is to be close together
Within the warmth of a loving heart
A love that is true shall never sever
Nor shall their emotions ever depart.

Within the warmth of a loving heart
When lovers shall remain to be true
Nor shall their emotions ever depart
From affection `neath a sunsets hue.


-----

Tropical Storm

A sleepy ocean awakes to a storm
Waves that leap upon an ocean blue
Tropical violence has arisen to form
Shall return to a clear calmer view.

Waves that leap upon an ocean blue
Riplets dance upon a wild blue ocean
Shall return to a clear calmer view.
Spent of a wild destructive emotion.

Riplets dance upon a wild blue ocean
A distant volcano breathes out a sigh
Spent of a wild destructive emotion.
Blends a sunset to the clear blue sky.

A distant volcano breathes out a sigh
When a wild blue ocean remains free
Blends a sunset to the clear blue sky.
Yet still stands a cherry blossom tree.


-----

Wee Bit O' Scandal

Sunsets still glowe beyond the loch
'neath thee highlands craggy peaks
'Twas here Rabbie Burns writ och!
'Twas syne a wee bit scandel leak't.

'Neath the highlands craggy peaks
The snaw cam in frae thee north sky
'Twas syne a wee bit scandel leak't
And faither he sayen his son be I.

The snaw cam in frae thee north sky
But the pipes played jist thee same
And faither he sayen his son be I
Wisnae mee tae tackle thee blame.

Yet the pipes they play jist thee same
Twas where Rabbie Burns writ Och!
It wisnae mee tae tackle thee blame
Sunsets still glowe beyond thee loch.


back to list

Jem Farmer

Dawn of Love (French)

My eyes opened to the sun rise
First golden rays were kissing Earth
On trees of whispering sighs
Echoed in greeting the day's birth.

First golden rays were kissing Earth
The mountains shimmer purple hue
Echoed in greeting the day's birth
My eyes opened to look at you.

The mountains shimmer purple hue
Reflections of a night now gone
My eyes opened to look at you
Now my heart knows you are the one.

Reflections of a night now gone
On trees of whispering sighs
Now my heart knows you are the one
My eyes opened to the sun rise.


-----

Fond Goodbye (French)

'Tis time to say a fond goodbye
No questions asked beneath the moon
So long ago a reason why
By magic cast upon a rune.

No questions asked beneath the moon
For destiny will never wait
By magic cast upon a rune
There is no stopping Lady Fate.

For destiny will never wait
As life journeys slowly unfold
There is no stopping Lady Fate
Her story revealed as it's told.

As life journeys slowly unfold
The heart must come to know of love
Her story revealed as it's told
As it is below it is above.

The heart must come to know of love
Yet feel the pain of loss and death
As it is below it is above
When love draws its eternal breath.

Yet feel the pain of loss and death
For joy cannot be sold or bought
When love draws its eternal breath
The memories are distant thought.

For joy cannot be sold or bought
Within empty fantasy's dream
The memories are distant thought
And a lost soul dares not to scream

Within empty fantasys dream
So long ago a reason why
And a lost soul dares not to scream
Tis time to say a fond goodbye.


-----

Golden Rust

As green hills change to golden rust
And in the sunlight shimmer red
The turning seasons are a must
So life can come from all that's dead.

And in the sunlight shimmer red
While roses wither on the bow'r
So life can come from all that's dead
The sacred truth of nature's pow'r.

While roses wither on the bow'r
And winter nights are drawing in
The sacred truth of nature's pow'r
That's found in love for kith and kin.

And winter nights are drawing in
As hearts quest for the warmth of fire
That's found in love for kith and kin
Then sings of joy in all desire.

As hearts quest for the warmth of fire
The turning seasons are a must
Then sings of joy in all desire
As green hills change from golden rust.


-----

Love In Twilight

Behind the hills the sun resigns
And just beyond lies destiny
A trail of words in poet's lines
That led me to the heart of she.

And just beyond lies destiny
A little further long the way
That led me to the heart of she
For love is all that's left to say.

A little further long the way
I'll see her smile as time suspends
For love is all that's left to say
For she is where my journey ends.

I'll see her smile as time suspends
A trail of words in poet's lines
For she is where my journey ends
Behind the hills the sun resigns.


-----

Remember Them All

We say 'We will remember them'
Armistice Day is drawing near
For time shall never dare condemn
Those we honour and hold so dear.

Armistice Day is drawing near
Yet round the world there is still war
Those we honour and hold so dear
They're fighting battles as before.

Yet round the world there is still war
So let us think of those on Earth
They're fighting battles as before
We pray for peace for all we're worth.

For time shall never dare condemn
We say 'We will remember them'.


-----

Starting Over (Sonnet)

To say good bye is hard to do
When emptiness is all that waits
The letting go to greet the new
The unknown path entwined with fate.

When emptiness is all that waits
There seems no way to start afresh
The unknown path entwined with fate
That lingers long on human flesh.

There seems no way to start afresh
With new beginnings in a kiss
That lingers long on human flesh
As love returns in silent mist

The letting go to greet the new
To say good bye is hard to do.


-----

Tears of Rain (Sonnet)

My heart encased in carapace
No longer can love cause me pain
My eyes are blind to all that lace
Whilst tears are only caused by rain.

No longer can love cause me pain
As passion's dreams are left to rust
Whilst tears are only caused by rain
Her sweetest smile had turned to dust.

As passion's dreams are left to rust
I buried love too deep inside
Her sweetest smile had turned to dust
No place remains where dreams collide.

My eyes are blind to all that lace
My heart encased in carapace.


-----

Well adapted to the task

A predator who hunts by night.
Quarters the sky on silent wings.
The owl with night adapted eyes
Is well equipped for night hunting.

Quarters the sky on silent wings.
In search of unsuspecting prey
Is well equipped for night hunting
Owls rarely venture out by day.
In search for unsuspecting prey
To satisfy their appetite.
Owls rarely venture out by day.
They much prefer the dim twilight.

To satisfy their appetite.
This predator who hunts by night.
They much prefer the dim twilight.
The owls with night adapted sight.

back to list

Ivor Hogg

Love (French)

I am in love this cannot be,
I know your happiness was meant
to be, and only when I see
You smile, then can I be content.

I know your happiness was meant
to be, by holy heavens grace.
you smile, and then can I be content,
because I see your radiant face.

To be by holy heavens grace,
favoured above all women.
Because I see your radiant face,
in every smile I see an omen

Favoured above all women,
for your sweetness and your chastity.
In every smile I see an omen,
foreseeing your generosity.

For your sweetness and your chastity,
the pleasure of your company.
Foreseeing your generosity,
the kindness that you show to me.

The pleasure of your company
to be, and only when I see,
the kindness that you show to me.
I am in love this cannot be.

-----

Well adapted to the task

A predator who hunts by night.
Quarters the sky on silent wings.
The owl with night adapted eyes
Is well equipped for night hunting.

Quarters the sky on silent wings.
In search of unsuspecting prey
Is well equipped for night hunting
Owls rarely venture out by day.
In search for unsuspecting prey
To satisfy their appetite.
Owls rarely venture out by day.
They much prefer the dim twilight.

To satisfy their appetite.
This predator who hunts by night.
They much prefer the dim twilight.
The owls with night adapted sight.

back to list




Any Comments or Suggestions, please email me

2012 Poetry Form Challenge
2012 Poetry Theme Challenge
The Poets Garret
Tir Na nOg Poetry Community