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2016 Poetry Form Challenge

#03 Mabini Sonnet




This is one of the sonnet form devised by Jose Rizal M. Reyes of the Philippines and it is celebrating Apolinario Mabini y Maranan (July 23 1864 - May 13 1903 who was a Filipino political philosopher and revolutionary who wrote a constitutional plan for the First Philippine Republic, and served as its first prime minister until May 1899.

The form consists of two, two, three line stanzas and joined by a couplet common to the first two stanza lines and then the last line of the second two stanzas.
a. b. b. a. c. c... a. a... d. d. a. e. e. a.
Sensual Musk

The dancing daffodils are smiling here
They spread the word of life in springtime's light
While nature speaks of love within her sight.
The rabbits chase across the fields with cheer
Without question and flirting in the warming dusk
Amid the scent of fresh and sensual musk.
The chill of winter's night and days austere
That froze the cleansing water on the weir
It's fading into distant mist filled dreams
As love has found you in its cosmic streams
With ev'ry breath I feel you drawing near.
My heart protests it has no worthiness
To see your smile or touch your loveliness
In you I breathe again with love not fear.

Jeremy Farmer
Although purists state all sonnets should be Iambic Pentameter, any meter or line length may be used, as long as all the lines are of similar length and meter.


Mabini Sonnet



Kathy Anderson

Released

Terry Clitheroe

Everything
Ghosts of You and I
The Heat of a Woman
Interludes
Journeys
Karma
New Found Love
Only in Death
Para Aprender Amar
Questions of blame
Unison
Xanadu
Yesterdays Dreams
Zinfandel and More

Jeremy Farmer

Guiding Line
Latte's Lament



Kathy Anderson

Released

into nights wildness is released
mithril laden elven goddess
ghostly on horizons, glowing ageless,
moon glimmers in clouds curtained
silvery gray by the way passing
as evens breath breathed, deep sleeping.
under a lunar spell comes a beast
haunting nemoral spaces blessed,
blessing self in grovees of louvered love
languishing naught the hours thereof,
ending dark ages for freedom favored
by all beings great or smaller
than the tiniest ameobic swimmer
in nights wildness been released.

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Terry Clitheroe

Everything

You came into my dreams with your smile
Waking me up from the lethargy of life
Promising all, destining me to an afterlife.
That look I knew would eternally beguile
I'd search for that look time and time again
And o'er my heart you'd always have rein.
Would beg you to repeat for him alone awhile,
Knowing full well that your heart is so gentile
See how easy I will be won, with a simple kiss
Having won your prize, think nothing less of this
For my dreams were created by events erstwhile.
You now possess my heart, soul and more
Wilfully challenging what fate has in store
Knowing finally that it has been worthwhile.

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Ghosts of You and I

As we walk along our shadows hold hands
The way they merge and blend as we wander,
Making them more real than us we wonder?
Do they seem to have any physical demands?
Sol created those images out of golden strips
And they are merely shadows of our eclipse.
Would that we were they, without demands
Unified minds and souls, aware of life's plans.
The absence of body is what reality means
A unity of souls, an apotheosis of scenes.
Our souls leading us to where it is sublime.
Look, see how they unite, the way they blend
See they merge, no overlap, they transcend
As they walk along each shadow understands.

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The Heat of a Woman

How can you say you think you are so cool?
Each time I look at you, I feel the heat
Each time I see you no way can I retreat,
I am besotted by you and yet I feel a fool.
I turn on the player and soft music plays
I look back at you and see your eyes ablaze
Seeing you like this, wondering, is there any rule
I feel so much about you, you're such a jewel.
Our lips meet finally and I am forever yours
It's now I realise I am caught in your fires.
My desire is lit, I am naught but a fiery pool
Your voice has changed drawing me closer
Ever more I am besotted by your exposure
How can you say you think you are so cool?

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Interludes

Separation is merely a lonely interlude
And in reality just a click of eternities clock
Disjointing with each break, never a block.
Each life more to learn as love is renewed
Each life a unison of souls once again
Each life a new love, but in reality the same.
In reality more Karma together is accrued
Taking the paths together, much more is viewed.
Along the path, one leads, the other follows
There's no captain just a changeover of shadows
Or a different tempo to each prelude
So with each life, loves experience is gained
It grows deeper, so innocently ascertained
And even with Nirvana it will not conclude.

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Journeys

Where colours are enhanced in clearer skies
Autumn evokes her scenes and melodies
Looking around we see natures casualties.
This is the believed time when most flora dies
It isn't death you see it's merely a time of rest
The roots and seeds are nocturnally dressed.
The greens may stay, taking on a winter guise
But with the previous plants there are still ties.
They will become part of the next generation
Their departure has laid another foundation
Those gifts to mother Earth is Natures prize
Where budding trees and the plants scent out
And we see life begin again, without any doubt
Again seeing new life and colours and skies.

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Karma

Cast adrift on a sea of uncertainty
My hope is scanty as events shift
Removing insanity my spirit lift.
I must be swift and cease ambiguity
The anchor has already been weighed
Yesterday's been paid the future not made.
And a decision made with absurdity
The shore in the distance without reality
My craft has sunk and far from land
I broke my rules now naughts to hand.
Is there aught I can do to assure certainty.
Is this what Karma is, you sow then reap?
For a dreamer who always stays asleep
Is there ought I can do to save me?

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New Found Love

Soon the morning sun will light the sky.
Two lovers wake with sleep filled eyes
Still smiling from last nights revelries.
Morn wakes them up from where they lie
Dawn's twilight mood is now failing fast
The avian choir has started to sing at last.
The day will be spent apart and They'll sigh,
But at night there is plenty of love in supply.
This is the time for experiment and play
For new found love was ever this way
There are no rules 'cept love will apply.
Where two once strangers learn to be one
Where at last an eternity together's begun
Finding out that true love can never die.

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Only in Death

No earthly body can live forever
Only in death can a body be perfect
No more wrinkles do we need detect?
See how sod and body blend together
Because there's corruption of the flesh
And with the sod the corpse will mesh.
Recycling the body is extremely clever
Care must be taken in burial however
Only in death can a body be perfect
There's no need of mirrors to inspect
Nature will take good care of whoever.
Soon the tomb will become the creche
And each night rise corrupt and fresh.
But the soul however will last forever.

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Para Aprender Amar

To learn to love, you must first learn to cry
Our bodies and minds conditioned by life
Must show no emotion and be stoic in strife
Offer your heart before love says goodbye.
For too long now, my heart has been asleep
But slowly through joy, I'm learning to weep.
Here beside you my kisses only cause your sighs
Gathering feelings that now only amplifies.
Now there are tears my heart is open again,
Not tears or sobs of a heart wrenched in pain.
At last it has become the time for you to cry
I have looked in your eyes and I see your tears
You have held it inside you for all these years
As anger and frustration from inside you die.

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Questions of blame

What dreams that were born, transpired today
Do they wait for the wind to whisper their name
Is there any requirement to prevent any blame?
Is it just like a supermarket line on a busy day
And are we all judged and treated similarly
Is there any way that we are treated differently.
Or does that whispering wind play away,
Making promise to others leading them astray
Is love just a vapour a kind of mystical smoke
And cupids arrow just a casual sticks poke?
Not guaranteed to last after next Saturday.
Or does he carefully select a pair and aim
So that in the end is there is no-one to blame
Aiding; helping dreams that were born today.

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Unison

Our souls have been joined so many times
And even though now we are worlds apart,
We don't allow it to separates each heart
Realising up to now it has been sublime.
You are my lover my souls eternal mate,
And we realise it was so ordained by fate.
We have always been on the same climb
Sometimes at odds because of wartime.
Sometimes late like now finally meeting
After we have spent all our life searching
Doing our search we found our paradigm.
Because I know it is the same with you
This then must be our final chosen view
Our souls have been joined so many times.

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Xanadu

How can love be too much, when 'tis complete?
How can being complete ever be too much?
Each one in its allotted space, just like such.
A jigsaw has its shaped pieces, thou cannot cheat
I lose that essential piece, making me a mortal.
And in winning thee, will attain heavens portal.
Would that I were perfect but in my conceit
I wouldst try and love more, I will not be beat.
I say winning thy love would be perfection
This is not conceit trying to win thy affection
I can prove my love, there is no need to cheat.
I will take thee to a place oft known as Xanadu
There will abide when life on Earth is through.
Knowing Eternity and that we are complete?

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Yesterdays Dreams

As I watch a leaf whilst sat under a tree
Pirouetting in the air like a ballet dancer
Possessed by the wind who's a necromancer.
The wind is causing it to dance with glee
Imagination given reign to a mystery
Thankful to a scenic day that's blistery.
Yesterdays dreams seem to blow from me
I care not for they are caused by our revelry.
Tomorrows like the leaf are still up in the air
And yet now I'm free, no longer do I care
No longer do I worry about uncertainty
Why should I, I am happy and very content
I know now that our togetherness is ascent
As I watch a leaf whilst sat under a tree.

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Zinfandel and More

Tonight let's have a drinking race
Fill the tankard with wine that's soured
Competition in jars shall be what's scored
Without your love no clock has a face.
Pour down the wine let us drink to forget
Plans made in good faith, caused only sweat
My feet's far too leaded to stand the pace
Memory still stays I cannot ever erase.
Un-lived dreams litter the path I now walk
Once loving conversations are all just talk
Life's bitter brew that my cup shall misplace.
With pleasured gifts now nought but a debt
Overcome by wine I'm still with loss beset
All thoughts of love's pleasure I will erase.

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Jeremy Farmer

Guiding Line

A man has a rule by which he lives by
A guiding line that keeps him to his path
Yet still he falls into the aftermath
His honour lost within the tears that cry
Somehow he builds his life again, from what?
The shards of pain as that's all he has got
He'll hold to his rule until he comes to die
And as a man I know the reason why
I have my rule that keeps my spirit strong
As it leads me through life even when wrong
And I have to find a new way to try
My golden rule held deep inside my soul
And it echoes round me keeping me whole
My rule is love, and one I must apply.

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Latte's Lament

I watched him frown into her tearful eyes
As I sat alone with a coffee cup
I watched as in silence they both stood up
Instead I was hearing your anguished sighs
From the heated words we shared late last night
A bitter exchange that must be put right
I promised you once there would be no lies
And pleasure the reason I'd hear your cries
Yet sorry is the hardest word to say
And I need to say it so much today
Admitting I am wrong may not be wise
But babe I hurt you and deserve the flack
Whatever it takes to win your heart back
For now, I know love's truth wears no disguise

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