2020 Poetry Form Challenge
#19 Spenserian Stanza
Edmund Spenser used a distinctive verse form, now known as the Spenserian Stanza in several of his works,
most notable is the epic Faerie Queen. The stanza has Nine lines and the main meter is iambic pentameter
(10 syllables) over the first eight lines with a final line in iambic hexameter (12 syllables)
Stanza's Rhyme Scheme:is; a. b. a. b. b. c. b..c. c., and typically has a caesura, or break, after the first three feet
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One man with many titles he could claim;
He was the King of Pop, but there was more…
Poor Little Rich Boy could have been his name,
The Prince of Pain for all the hurt he bore;
A Peter Pan, a misfit to the core,
But able still to sing and dance his way
Into the hearts of people, that's for sure;
He's gone and everyone will have a say,
But you deserve to rest in peace now Michael J.
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Like a firefly in a fourth of July sky
You shown brighter than all of the other rockers,
Other rockers, dancers, singers gave little sighs,
So little their talents matched the smartness of yours.
Sensations of perfection touched clouds, so high,
You never thought the sum of it was a quasar,
Star like being sending out radio waves, pi
Of energy evincing rounds of applause's;
So sad you now are lost to the sky, sad causes.
Half a dream came true when he opened his wings,
Inviting a friendship in the shadows of clouds
It seemed that half of love is all he could bring,
so with it flew a silken butterflies shroud
That should have been left on the muddy ground.
Giving up flight again once the earth met
With feet of ten thousand butterflies all around,
A great mass of life became a regret
Wishing for flight that only love would let..
Where Dragons Die
My soul is in the sky where dragons go to die
And alight the heavens with another bold star,
Always watching and waiting for others to fly,
With myself amongst them, in spirit, from afar.
The journey begins when gliding for take off to summer
Lakes of crystal blue, flying a small globe
In an infinitesimal universe, spar
Of lighthouse on the rocky shore, in earthly robe
Strewn with many human candles that make her strobe. .
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Flying alone along the avenue of clouds
I welcome the silence and the solitude
The total absence of sound and crowds
So close, to heaven at this altitude
I feel a sense of awe, a change of mood
Looking up, I fly my craft along a street
First black then white, till blue is viewed
Being human, that challenge I cannot meet
Too high to far for a mere mortals feat.
Angels and Gods look from their heavenly height
Smiling at a mere mortal looking up at them
Not curious just amused by that simple sight
A wish to fly they had heard man mention
That wish to fly they could never condemn
They give to birds and insects a gift rare
Who has not heard their joy of ascension?
And the joy of man in flight they are aware
As they look down from their castles in the air.
If you look at a person long enough
You discover humanity through their eyes
First unyielding then no longer tough
The longer you look behind the disguise
Each time you see more pain and cries
And smiles and shrugs and cast off laughs
Fears and tears and problems hid by lies
Now through fate we have crossed paths
Sharing emotions from experiences carafes.
Each time we love I ascend into heaven
For a while I live with the moon and stars
Then I become a flaming meteor, a certain
Cast off from some remote, distant quasar
Not just a reject from nearby planet Mars.
Finally I land back on earth happily spent
But now I can't give up what's so easily ours
I am addicted to you, yet I am content
Knowing that my fix will be ever present.
Fly me to the Moon - Josephine Wall
Feeling of Love
That you'll never meet again is nothing to be feared
The feeling never leaves when you love someone
Her spirit looking at you, knowing that you cared
Sob gently over her, your tears constantly flow on
The parting of a lifetime when your love has gone
In spite of everything now so glad that you began
You look, eyes wet, you had so much in common
If being together is part of the greater beings plan
Then you'll be united, your woman, with her man.
Her spirits touch, a spirits kiss, a spirits gentle tears
Knowing deeply in her heart that you'll meet again
Keeps her by your side through the passing years
Smiling, knowing your love will never be in vain.
You feel her guiding you, helping meet your pain
Knowing she's there eases the pain that's in your chest
Feeling each passing day your love is still the same
But know from now on you'll never be distressed
And with each passing year you'll feel blessed.
To be with thee in this place once more
Many thousand miles have I travelled
Before I left and flew to a foreign shore.
In our home where oft times we revelled
It is only now that I've become un-baffled
When back from battle, with muscles askew
Feeling that I was completely bedraggled
All this was eased by my dreams of you
And thoughts of love helped set my view.
Streaming tears roll down thy face.
I stand and see thee greet me now,
Waiting and watching in this place.
I can do naught but stand and watch
I wanted you to see me in my finery
I wanted you to smile, love to me brag.
I hear the bangs as volleys are fired
I watch as they fold our nations flag.
Not come home to you in a body bag.
Each road in life is along a rocky path
Take each step with care in case you slip
There is not any truth of the Lord's wrath
For like any father your arm will grip
And help if needs be, of any further trip
Like any father he will watch you stray
Understanding curiosity's fillip
Yet making allowances for us to play
And not feeling put out if we never pray..
Sometimes foolish jokes can make you laugh
Other times they can hurt and your heart break
And then takes time to mend the broken half
Sometimes it takes a day your humour to slake
Sometimes just an apology for making a mistake
Is all it will take, and words rip out heartstrings
Because of this a love affair will Eternally brake
Stupidity at the expense of someone else's feelings
Instead why don't they just count their blessings?
Foolish jokes, are made to make to make us grin
The more serious we take it, the greater the choke
They say misery loves company why let it begin
Is it not possible to reply with a wittier poke?
Respond with laughter, smile at their weak joke
Let them discover that their joke was an antique
Don't turn around and they hear revenge spoke
'Stead have them sniggering for at least a week.
The more difficult it is also to turn the other cheek.
See as we walk the way our shadows hold hands
The way they blend and merge as we wander
The sun creating images out of golden bands
Making them more real than us we wonder.
And having joined cannot be pulled asunder
The absence of body is this what reality means?
What is reality, is it all just a casual blunder
This unity of souls this apotheosis of scenes
If that is reality, I wonder what are dreams?
Learning to Love
Our bodies and minds are conditioned by life
Open your heart before love says goodbye
Showing emotion and not be stoic in strife
To learn to love, you must first learn to cry
For too long now, my heart had been awry
Slowly through you, I'm now learning to weep
Thankfully now that love is in great supply
Not tears or sobs and nights spent without sleep
Now tears of joy as loves nightly vigil we keep.
But now it's become time for you to cry
For too long now you have held pain inside
It's now time for you to waive it all goodbye
Along another's path you must learn to ride
At the same time taking on another's stride
Now I'm here holding you close as you sob
Look in my eyes, see there is nothing denied
As anger and frustration from inside we rob
Then moving closer we feel hearts throb.
Questions at a Distance
Too soon time flies, then lovers part
Then spend their time regretting waste
By things not thought of at the start
Would that wasted times be replaced.
Consider only that you were chaste
Two lovers who for one short while
Shared their souls, becoming interlaced.
Where love and honesty the only style
And that being apart still worthwhile.
Return to Normality
The noisy chatter of early morning rain
Has silenced the noisy avian dawns shout
Dark sonorous clouds have returned again
And large droplets fall but really offer nought
Vague threats of an end to years of drought.
Is nature just a tease where it stays the same
What we've experienced before feeds our doubt
We all know that global warming is to blame
And it encourages Nature to play her game.
Dry earth pleads for Mother Nature to share
Once again diamonds splatter on windscreens
Far off flashes and crashes answer the prayer
Giving hope to all, and promises of dreams.
The distant thunder rolls its warning screams
Dreams are often dashed to those who agree
At last a storm where the rain just streams
And now the world is cold as it should be
Perhaps at last we'll see a return to normality.
In a world of symbols and a strange chart
Two people met, loved and shared a dream
Although from cultures and worlds apart
They weren't as different as it would seem.
Unlike all others this one seemed to gleam
For this one was of love, not of the night
But made in truth as life created its scheme
In the stark reality of day and daylight
Time had tempered them they were right.
They saw themselves, they saw the pain
Which in sharing together they helped heal
Though separate by time and space again
Whatever happens now Fate will conceal.
What time they had only Fate would reveal
Because they know it's theirs for all time
Who knows what much later, is for real
Will give them something more sublime
And he can do that as he sees them climb.
I hear birds making nests through inner walls,
And some have made them within my eaves.
Because the weather's cold with frequent squalls,
They've taken refuge till the storm is at bay
They sing to me, whilst working or at play,
A song that birds sing, safe within their lair.
It cannot help but brighten up my day.
I lean back and listen in my office chair
The music in my ears is extraordinaire.
When all of earth awakens from its sleep,
Spring awaits the hatching from each pair,
A kind of promise for their home to keep,
My solemn vow in this vernal splendour.
Tis early but for some reason I do not care
Experience has taught me to respect, not fear
The one thing Nature has taught me is to share
With winter's ending, and spring almost here,
The birds are playing around; I lend an ear.
What of our souls
When you died I felt I had lost a part of me
What of our souls, I need to know the answer?
You told me so that night and set me free.
We were as one you and I, my soul partner.
That was long ago and I have had my closure.
I am free to love again the same as you are
Is the one I love prepared for our pleasure?
Is my heart for lease, a term, a year, forever?
Know this love will be my greatest endeavour!
Xenobiotic, (A protest)
More that I was tangled in the web of life
I have found myself, not that I was lost
And just in time I was able to use a knife.
The spider of that life made me pay the cost
To cut myself free and get back on my path.
Even though its winter I must stand the frost
That disdainful breath of Fate and her wrath
I must speak out loud, or I will be crossed
I have found myself, not that I was lost.
I have found myself, not that I was lost
But I was an alien living in a foreign land
An icy world where there was eternal frost
Emotionless where everything was planned
And love came because I made a stand
Smiles were sought and friendships bought
But I ignored that life, to me, it was banned
I questioned was it love or a classy thought?
I've found myself and the happiness it brought.
You have become a presence in my mind.
I do not like it, for no longer is my mind free
My thoughts once controlled and simple kind
Instead, my waking time is taken up with thee
Of the future, of love and of you and me
In my minds eye I see you everywhere
And think of things that could just be
In thoughts so different to what was there
With thoughts about someone for who I care
The fragrance of a thousand years
The scent of you is that of oil
With love produced a thousand tears.
A million flowers enriched soil
And from their tender loving toil
The nectar of these floral presents
Mere perfume where the juices boil
Or ambergris borne along with scents
What nature gave for so sincere events.
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How calm is the sea on this moonlit night,
gentle breezes dance o`er a rippling ocean,
shimmering thro`waters most visual sight
a calm, gliding, of a boat in motion,
where two lovers gaze, in tranquil devotion.
in a World of their own, deeply in love
a beautiful fantasy locked in emotion,
the closeness they feel, from the stars high above,
both enchanted by moonlight, and the calmness thereof.
Child Of Love
The fear of sadness,tears of yesterday
What shall induce such pain and sorrow
When all she can do is to hope and to pray
But why shall abuse be all that she may know
When deep inside the pain shall not ever go
All she shall do is weep sorrowful tears
When this hurt within shall but overly flow
Why should a young girl store all these fears
Sadly recalled for ever all of her childhood years.
Let not this history ever repeat itself
A lesson learned though the hard way
Tears of sadness may be left on the shelf
Let kindness have it`s say another day
And smiles and laughter shall forever stay
love and kindness shall be all they may need
For our time within maybe running away
Love was cherished from the tiniest seed
Let this glory be and an eternal love proceed.
From All The Pretty Little Horses
Evils Of Gollum
An ethereal creature of bygone times
Danced midst ashes of smouldering fires
Upon burning hot coals of sulphuric lime
'Twas all that his flaming passion desires
'Tis all that a creature from past requires
Dark clouds of acid rains shall cover the land
Is it Gollum that the unworthy admires
Who has all evil powers held in each hand
He who destroys all living things upon a demand.
He sits upon a pyre of burned out bones
Casting his wicked spells unto all beknown
Of evil spirits and wickedness of crones
The winds of destruction are of his own
Gone are the flowers of beauty once grown
Images of past shall disappear from sight
Not a thing upon earth shall ever be as shown
Sifted out ashes were once all burning bright
When day was once day, now shall forever be of night.
Hour Glass Figure
Oh If only I had an hour glass figure
One that would lure the attention of man
For with what I have I shall not be sure
If I had only one wish I just know I can
For this was to be a big part of my plan
If I should tie my waist up so very tight
May be then I shall be a slimmer woman
But all my charms were well out of his sight
Stuck in the bottom of an hour glass can`t be right.
There was never a way out it was plain to see
Tho' I was pulled and was overly stretched
'Twas not the place for a slimmer like me
An hour glass figure is too far fetched
Leaving the slimmer too fat and wretched
It is better to leave what is well alone
A lady of troubles shall ever be stressed
Shall not reveal a quest upon my cell phone
For my problem deepened I was under dressed.
Help!! Let Me Out!!!!
How times have changed in a court of law
When past accusations remains inflicted
Whether right or wrong as judgement saw
Witchcraft of past was as ever predicted
Yet evidence of such was never extracted
For guilt within was never proved as such
Yet fingers point at the guilt they selected
Which prayed on the victims minds as much
For the evidence back then was so out of touch.
So suffered the meek from false evidence
The word of law that caused disruptions
Was never to be within victims defence
Cries of grief from wronged assumptions
Herbal remedies were of past inflictions
That sadly points the finger to witch craft
For a discovery of herbal prescriptions
But 'twas only those who had been as outcast
Who sleeps within chains thro' nights of the very last.
Lady Of Light
She was a well spoken lady of substance
None shall ever appear as elegant as she
Yet fate she can be given half the chance
Exactly how she was expected to be
Bold and beautiful but most of all free
Yet at best she may be a little obscure
But at the least she may the future see
Within vanity she was never to be sure
Following instinct was never to be the cure.
Yet she remained as ever within mind
Deeper in thoughts she had dreamed alone
Within intuition her answers shall find
All of her pleasure of love had been known
Where her feeble hope could never have flown
Until within her past thoughts she had found
Even though her interests had now grown
The smallest seed sewn upon a fertile ground
Combined within love makes the world spin around.
Lady Of Light
Man and Wolf
He is there guiding me thro' the wilderness
Within the snow bound plains of the prairie
Silent tho' attentive I feel his eyes caress
His clear blue eyes I shall never be as wary
For this spiritual wolf shall never be scary
As white as the clouds that gathered snow
He was more than just out of the ordinary
For the difference within shall ever grow
The first glance upon spiritual eyes may ever show.
One that has been close within affection
Shall feel the warmth of natures wonder
Man and wolf shall ever be a connection
Both see stars and hear the mighty thunder
Shall not this friendship be cast asunder
We all share the same moon, stars and sun
Let man and beast together forever wander
Over canyons where the great waterfalls run
As they forever have done since the earth had begun.
Within a country meadow was their abode
Far from the crowds of a smoke filled City
They would rather stroll down a country road
And abide upon a meadow of simplicity
Where joy to them is one I shall never pity
Amidst an ever decreasing country scene
That shall not ever again appear so pretty
Within shades of harvest golden and green
Uncovered where a presence of nature had been
All too soon the reapers had forever past
Gone to a future of cemented brick homes
A land of gold replaced by mortar cast
Newly erected upon the blood and bones
Neath the shadow within the past crones
Those who shall never return unto the land
Yet within they shall haunt the blessed stones
That they built upon the earth way out of hand
Those who had stolen the rights may never understand.
Art By Henry Ryland
How quickly books pile up upon empty shelves
That gathers dust through time forgotten
Of past authors that did pride themselves
To share wisdom for those as besotten
Shadows fade by those of past begotten
That fade within the fragile pages of old
Of a past that unfolds sharing all often
Whose pages all were engraved within gold
Yet the authors titles were not ever to be told.
Centuries on poets were of the unknown
Yet still stand dusty within an unknown past
The signature from a quill faded as shown
Their task was weary but shown this day at last
And the future within was ever to be cast
Within memories of all words composed
But words of wisdom were never trashed
Too many years poetry was never exposed
Some were little songs yet ne-er to be composed.
Ready For The Storm
To tame the storm that awakens thro` the night
Let heated moments of passion pathe the way
Either from thunder bursts or lightening bright
For there is not much more we can do nor say
When mother nature shall ever rule this day
Words do not come easy from one so demure
Only upon winds of time we shall forever pray
That the storm shall not harm a wild creature
Whilst the end of our day nobody shall feel secure.
My music for today is from a Balalaika
That is if you the audience shall allow
For the rhythm shall be of a Russian Troika
But hesitate until I have taken my bow
It is you that shall go and me to know
For my dance shall be what folk may scorn
Because the music shall not as easily flow
Never within tune with an orchestral horn
But an ancient melody was ever to be reborn.
And if anyone in the audience shall care
To be my partner within a Russian dance
For a Russian Troika I shall ever share
If only I should with stand that chance
For I within myself shall be in a trance
That may within itself not ever go amiss
I shall tell by his eyes with just one glance
If only I may be the one his lips shall kiss
But dreams are only fantasies purely of bliss.
So Shall It Be
To walk on endless down a lonesome road
Thou shall never see the sun of tomorrow
For the shadows within shall forever goad
Dark shapes that haunt within the hollow
Shaded sunlight where nothing shall grow
There is no ending to this lonesome forest
Where it began nobody on earth may know
Some say 'twas a vision from the south west
A Lady that had floated within midst a tempest.
Calm became the earth of thunderous storms
All within the shady paths became unknown
Whilst bough's of ghostly trees took on form
'Midst bracken within the woodland as shown
Within the winds of winter became as blown
Ghostly shadows danced upon the wild wind
Within a hazy moons beam of light as known
No pathways that change course my ever find
An exit unto a rapid escape of yet another kind.
Speak Loud In Silence
Speak silently unto the darkened night
Let not the song of sadness ne-er prevail
That awakens within the mornings light
Unto natures parody of sunshine and hail
For the weather pattern shall not ever fail
But the future to come shall ever be true
As sure as the sails of a ship shall set sail
Within a gentle breeze upon a sea of blue
It shall be of thus that forms a more soulful view.
Calmer the surfs from the tide breaks free
Lost souls deep therein speak loud in silence
Wiser the voices from the unsettled sea
That shall not ever be the words of pretence
Within tides of the waters deep defence
For as calmer gentle wavelets shall follow
The surf of the tide shall be as no pretence
Wiser the souls that return back tomorrow
For they are the souls baring naught of sorrow.
Tears Of Sorrow
When thy wings of sorrow wrench my heart.
It is then sad tears shall painfully flow
When spiritual lovers have both grown apart
It took just two to love and two to know
The pain that lies deep within shall ever show
Yet how can this be when love was so strong
Did not this love have a passion to grow
So what ever upon this earth had gone so wrong
When it was within two hearts they did belong.
Cry, Lost, Empty, Hurt, And Broken
The Test Of Time
If I was to say that I love only you,
will you gather me closer to your chest?
tho`our days now are numbered all but a few
will your passion shine through with finesse?
we two together, will forever be blessed,
older now, but love remains in both our hearts
adoration, fondest affection, unstressed
time now erased, our destination to start
with everlasting life, to remain, and never to part.
Within Lovers Eyes
A crowded room yet there is one who stares
With mystical eyes that may be no disguise
Yet may admire the one both feelings share
All that may show within two lovers eyes
As softly spoken words shall speak of sighs
The touch of passion that lingers within
Shall echo deeply within as ecstasy cries
Tempting providence from wilful sin
The calming of passion that both lovers begin.
For both were of strangers from a world apart
Yet one single glance shall speak of so much
How then shall affections have needs to start
And when shall this love be classed as such
Where two seperate hearts were out of touch
Yet the awakening of dawn shall open anew
lovers feelings shall soon may forever vouch
When eyes have it within, as feelings grew
All that shall ever linger deeply therein as true.
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To ride on Pegasus - the white winged horse,
I'd fly across the skies to be with you,
defining love, a mystic dream, of course,
where senses waken with the morning dew.
My Pegasus, his wings of shimmering sun,
I'd grasp his mane and ride the open sky,
to see the truth beyond the easy fun,
astride his back, my horse like love can fly,
can love be real or just another wasted lie?.
In summer's lunar light - his words I weep?
To cast aside his love for beauty's touch,
as Siren whores with devilled fingers creep,
inside vacated heart of nothing much.
A scant desire that leads to bitter pain,
his twisted thoughts - my flights of ecstasy,
my first and last , my sun and winter's rain,
his words release my mind to liberty,
yet where his soul remains - his words have no mercy..
When the Goddess Called my Name
No love could breathe around my blackened soul,
that night I looked to vivid lunar skies,
a lonely wind of change as life took toll,
I heard the pipes of Pan and whispered sighs.
Where witches dance to Nature's true devise,
the mystic Lady came and called my name,
and magic dreams began to fill my eyes.
Oh Queen of silver light my heart is tame,
this summer night which sparked my soul's eternal flame.
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As purple flocks of clouds appear to fuse
together, they are solid; dark's the wall
no lights can penetrate, the leaden hues
weigh heavy on the sky till raindrops fall.
Then heaven cries, and with each tear she calls
a message to the Lords of rain and cloud:
'Where is my sun, my light, my flowered hall?
Why is she forced to wear this gloomy shroud?'
With thundering voice a bolt of lightning answers loud..
When Truth unspoken can't escape the dark,
it's light obscured by throngs of loud-mouthed lies,
both heart and conscience wait for life's bright spark.
It shall ignite black shrouds and unveiled eyes
no longer stifle cries as tears arise.
Too long we were entangled in lies' hold-
a smothered love first withers, then it dies;
in chains of exchanged words, Truth stayed untold
Now, in your darkest hour, her petals might unfold.
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