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2018 Poetry Form Challenge

#15 Nocturna



The word was first used by Christians and was a form of night prayers Later appeared in the 18th century and was derived from the French nocturnal and was usually music inspired by the night and played at evening parties. During that time poetry was also recited.

The painter Whistler used that name in some of his paintings, they also had a night theme, which in turn inspired Chopin to write his well loved Nocturnes.

The Nocturna is basically a nine line poetry form based on the nocturne theme containing three, three line lessons recited during the night. The subject must be nocturnal and it consists of three couplets linked by the rhyme of the centre line;

a. b. a. c. b. c. d. b. d.

My Star 'Till The Morn

She sang softly like a bird taking flight,
It was then that I fell in love with her.
I wanted to hear her all through the night
Though the radio now plays another song,
I imagined that her voice was pure sugar
Her presence now haunts me all winter long
I close my eyes, because a dream's been born,
I know I will see her soon this summer
The woman who's now my star til the morn.

Terry Clitheroe


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Death's Interruptions
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Terry Clitheroe

Death's Interruption

I have filled my cup and supped
But will ne'r be full up ever
Only death itself can interrupt
And that will only be an interlude.
Kismet states we will stay together
For there is no end of love accrued
I realised early that it was alright
Our souls now could never sever
Death is only darkness like night.



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Full Moon

When she said "I Love You" the first time
There was a trembling sound in her words,
I was happy to think of sharing life's climb.
Wanting her to be forever in my arms,
Realising we could fly higher than birds
The more I know her and her many charms.
Looking at the beauty of the full moon
Always bright for lovers going forwards
Peace and wonderment attained soon.



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Questions

Shall I wish tonight and dream of thee
And will it be such and such, or so sublime?
Will it encompass all that love could be?
I humbly ask because you know my mind
That my wishes and those dreams combine
I have told the truth so please, please be kind.
Though we dwell each on a different shore
Is there a future, will you truly be mine,
It's about our future I wish to know!



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