2019 Poetry Form Challenge

03 Goethe Stanza




A very different poetry form than most poets are used to, is the Goethe Stanza. With this one each stanza comprises of a single line, a couplet and a single line. Each single line rhymes with a line from the couplet, one starting and one completing the stanza. Here is the suggested pattern, there is no set meter:

x x x x x x x a

x x x x x x x b
x x x x x x x a

x x x x x x x b

Here is an example by Goethe:

The Goldsmith's Apprentice

My neighbour, none can e'er deny,

Is a most beauteous maid;
Her shop is ever in mine eye,

When working at my trade.


To ring and chain I hammer then

The wire of gold assay'd,
And think the while: "For Kate, oh when

Will such a ring be made?"

* The rest of this poem *.


03 Goethe Stanza Challenge Replies

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Terry Clitheroe

Autumn (Soon enough)
Foolish Dreams
Good Night
Hold My Hand
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Questions of Love
Raindrops
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X as in Kiss
Zilch Tonight

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Terry Clitheroe

Autumn (Soon enough)

I always love the early autumn

With dying leaves of Gold and Brown
The fallen leaves upon the lawn

A crinkled patchwork eiderdown.


So on life goes ad infinitum

A time of rest for all that's grown
To Earth a time of sleep has come

Is wearing now a drab nightgown


Some beasts also prepare their home

Gathering what summer has grown
Soon they'll sleep instead of roam

With the dead leaves now a throne.


The day still warm the nights now cold

A pleasant time where life can relax
Indeed a place of memories to behold,

Looking forward always to go back.



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Foolish Dreams

Slave to his temporal sight

The mad fool dreams once more
Far into the late, late night

He steps through that phantom door.


Wings spread in his desperate plight

The mad fool dreams once more
Soaring heavenwards to the light

Airborne through the lands of yore.


Flying forth with all his might

The mad fool dreams once more
Reaching Heaven as some fool might

Past all the sane that went before.



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Goodnight

It is now that special time of night

The muse has me and taken o'er control.
The mood is softened by wine and light

There is no time or need to think at all.


She reminds me of the past and loves lost

And at last a love that makes me whole
Knowing thus, gladly will I meet the cost

One I know too well has touched my soul

The music is softer now, thinking of you

Even more the wine has softened the mood
There is just one final act I have to do

Enough of life today I have viewed

My last thought "I love you" I have to say

But you're not there it's impossible it seems
My eyes are ready to close it's the end of day

I smile knowing that you're in my dreams.



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Hold My Hand

Hold my hand for a little while longer

My love for you makes me bid you stay.
They say absence makes love grow stronger

But lovers shouldn't have to go away?


Have they ever felt they were torn in two,

Then seen sunshine turn to dullest day,
And rain clouds replace a sky of clearest blue

And watched the best part carried away?


No hope or prayer can ever ease that pain

Until then only patience is your saving grace
Or speed up time should they return again.

Awaiting the time that you'll see the face


Looking to when I see you walk my way

That'll tear the gloom from my leaded heart
Brightening the sun on any clouded day

And with you living once again can start.



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Questions of Love - My Response

Enjoy the mystery that the moon inspires,

Walk down paths you have never trod
Perhap's to where hope and love never tires

Where your experiences you may applaud.


You must take your heart in your hand

And surrender yourself to love completely
In return it will offer you all that is grand

You will create and live your life sweetly


It will paint you a thousand pictures

That will offer you a million experiences
Of so many people and of their cultures

In time realising there are no differences.


You will write your loving words eternally

The final days are just thoughts so sublime
Finding your love goes right into infinity

And memory is forever caused by time.



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Raindrops

As I walk along this path, a raindrop

From a falling leaf lights upon my cheek.
It runs down my face and doesn't stop

It feels like it is from somewhere bleak


Then anonymously falls to the ground

Where in time it will gather in a pool
In that greyness there will be no sound

But the winter solstice is never cruel.


It is the end of death and Autumn

And with each new morn there is hope
Wondering what each day will become

And realising that we can cope


I see there's a bridge made by the leaves

Showing their death will build the future
Petals from flowers show they to believe

What more do we need to ensure?



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X as in Kiss

Your opal eyes peer into mine

I feel them searching my soul
As if by magic it starts to shine

I now know the feeling of being whole.


Just one look has made it so

What would a touch or kiss then start?
A deluge of words and deeds would flow

And who knows what path we'd chart?


A future guided by your opal eyes

And two shining souls by love united
With these acts there would be no surprise

Together to Nirvana we'd be invited.



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Zilch tonight

Tonight my words fall dead upon the floor

Ignore them, they were of no use anyway.
Another syllable, statement, stanza bore

Destroyed by an overworked mind today.


Ideas lined up against the execution wall

The inner critic had offered no blindfolds
Then inspiration took aim and fired at will

Another senseless act of violence unfolds.


Of bullets, aimed and hitting the target

When that stanza met the final solution
Another battalion of words stepped up

Unready for their impending execution.


What was wreaked upon poetic thought

Had once again earned another cascade,
Being stressed it had brought me naught

Save to hide somewhere of blackest shade.



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