Poetic Constellations



2017 Poetry Form Challenge

#17 Spanish Sonnet

Another interesting variation through the mixing of cultures. This time combining the Petrarchan Sonnet form as the octave, but uses the Rima Alterata a variation of the Sicilian as the sestet.
The meter like the French sonnet, normally comprises of ten syllables.
The rhyme scheme is .a.b.b.a...a.b.b.a....c.d.c.d.c.d.
To my Brothers

Small busy flames play through the fresh laid coals
And their faint cracklings o'er our silence creep
Like whispers of the household gods that keep
A gentle empire o'er fraternal souls.
And while for rhymes, I search around the poles,
Your eyes are fixed, as in poetic sleep,
Upon the lore so voluble and deep
That aye at fall of night our care condoles.
This is your birthday Tom, and I rejoice
That thus it passes smoothly, quietly.
Many such eves of gently whisp'ring noise
May we together pass and calmly try
What are this worlds true joy, - ere the great voice
From its fair face, shall bid our spirits fly.

John Keats



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Deceit

Have you ever walked down empty streets,
Well after the night has conquered the day?
Each measured step, took you a special way,
You knew there was no way you could retreat.
Further away from where you felt complete,
And questioning the will that led you astray,
I wonder is there an author of a greater play,
In which you are now the victim of deceit?
What is the purpose of showing any emotion,
Knowing all that is promised will be denied?
It's just been cast out on fates whimsical ocean,
Where all the presenters of truth blatantly lied
And thus cynics were given their promotion
When what was true and right just simply died.



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Ecologies Bootprint

Once again we must weep for the Earth
Weep for the trees that no longer exist.
Too late will man realise what he has missed
Few really appreciate what they are worth.
Greedily thinking of the wealth of his fist
And no way restricting humanities birth.
Not considering that he's creating a dearth
And despite strong objections still persists.
Removing homes and food for those unlike he:
And whilst the Earth rebels in her way
In his ignorance he still fails to see
That sometime there will come a day
When the Earth will remove the debris
Then man will not be welcome to stay.



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Media Truth

A Tarantella upon the written word,
Treadings once welcome become a snare
Creating in some a desire to lay bare
A pursuit of lies, and non-events occurred.
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
Portraying the predator as the prey.
The innocent having to dig for proof
And justice does the blameless betray.
Sociology just helps breed the uncouth,
And read ignorance what the press portray.



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To Be Loved

The dawn of night promises things to come
Twilight glimmers with unclaimed dreams.
What love of day's not bettered by moon beams
And reluctant newfound love easier to be won?
Often loves words are smothered by light and sun
Yet freely given and received as lovers schemes.
Following paths carved out by wishful streams
Words curbed at day, at night are overcome.
Who's eyes do not shine brighter under loves light
What words are not truer when lovingly given
What greater power's there than that of loves might
Yet given away freely in loving, again and again
There is no subject, or object, there is no harsh rite,
There is no pain, to be loved is to be forgiven.



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