2006 Form Challenges
#13 Saraband

Saraband

This sonnet form is taken from the musical dance form which has an alternate meter of: 3 - 4, what could be more fitting than having a "little song" derived from a dance. The original Saraband was a dance of Asian origin introduced into Spain in the 16th century and later to the courts of France and Italy.
The sonnet meter follows the dance with four stanzas, first of 3 lines, second 4 lines, third of 3 lines and the last has 4 lines.
The rhyme scheme is; a. x. a.....b. c. b. c. etc.
In the Tercet all three lines may rhyme, in the French version the middle line in stanzas one and three rhyme. The Quatrain can vary from the Spanish shown to French b. b. c. c. or Italian b. c. c. b. , and it is not uncommon to mix Quatrains, ie. Spanish with French or Italian.
For the purist each line comprises of Eight (8) syllables but there are examples of Iambic and Trochaic pentameter also.

Come! Walk with me

Come! Walk with me in the moonlight
Holding hands as we cross the sands
Together sharing this starry night
What's forgotten we remember
That our love existed before time.
Each new life revives those embers
I am yours, just as you are mine
The dawn will reaffirm our vow,
We will see what Fate will allow,
And take what she gives us for now.
Tomorrow promises us naught
For what we have cannot be bought
But I know what will be the best
You held eternally against my chest.


Ryter Roethicle


Saraband Posts



Lorraine Dafney

Lessons

Ryter Roethicle

A Sailors Death II
At the Grey Gums
Dancing to loves tune
The days will come
Flight
Full Moon
Seths Feast
True North
Veils Lifted

Nicola Wynter

Blood Moon
Lunet
Tell Me
White Bird

Trewir Wintlek

Let's Taste Love (Variation)
Morning Stars


Lorraine Dafney

Lessons

I look at life so differently
Since youth and see all its wonders
As I grow old maturity
Seems to guide my decisions now
I've crossed thresholds some new some old
With courage when I'm questioned how
You have to take chances be bold
Listen to your inner voice it
Will guide you through and never quit
Much to learn much to benefit
Brigh smile new day awakens all
Follow your dreams as each one calls
Enjoy the music life presents
Share love be happy and content


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Ryter Roethicle

A Sailors Death II

And only the sea shall know them
The ocean depth will be their grave
No wind will tug the wet shrouds hem
There is no church with bells to ring
No flowers cover the hallowed site
Nor choir with caring hymns to sing
Nor moon to shine its blessed light.
Neptune has claimed them all
And to his bosom they are gone
Till Armageddon makes its call
The day the sea gives up it's dead.
The end of time, the end of night
When sailors will rise from their bed
Bathed in heavens blessed light.

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At the Grey Gums

In Mulgoa road the parrots call
The chatter begins before first light
Then neíer ceasing till darkness fall.
A thousand birds will fill the trees
All seek different companies.
Parakeets, galahs, cockatoos too
Add their colours to this view.
At first light make their presence felt
Assembling in squawking work gangs
Along this once lush green belt.
The grass parrots seem to stay aloof
As if beauty alone needed proof
When good looks exist thereís no doubt
There is no need to scream or shout.

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Dancing to loves tune

Dancing to loves tune, spin and turn
The fever of love causes you to burn,
But whilst apart your innards churn.
Inside your heartbeat skips and pounds
And your loverís steps you quickly learn
Bodies blending on your nightly sojourn
With the sensuous tempo of loving sounds
Your eternal love forever resounds
Each night to loves dancing we return
In a ballroom fitted for loving rounds.
Earthly bodies lie on silken grounds
There are no rules in love, no bounds
There is no contest, no points to earn,
Love gives all to which you yearn.


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The days will come

The days will come the days will go.
The hands of time move on and on,
And years will pass, not fast nor slow.
And in due time as our love grows
Eternityís silver torch has shone.
The days will come the days will go
The hands of time move on and on.
When suns have died thereís only snow,
At the end of time when all is gone
Our love will outlast the world below.
Walking down lifeís path will show,
Counting weeks as they pass anon;
The days will come the days will go,
The hands of time move on and on.


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Flight

God gave Angels and birds the gift of flight
Leaving man to stomp and root around.
To many creatures he gave this right.
Yet we evolved and still stayed downed.
I look each day and watch the avians play
Identifying them all by call, by sound.
These calls tell me how they enjoy the day.
As the evening falls listen to their calls
And bragging of the adventures found.
Of sink and holes and huge thermals.
Reaching to the black bottomed cloud
Then flying along streets that now abound
A final descent into the evenings shroud
Scornful of us mortals held to ground.


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Full Moon

Full moon begets the darkest deeds
When evil spills out its wicked seeds
And creatures fulfil their basic needs.
As midnight strikes those fateful tolls
Hellish ghouls from the crypt crawls
Called forth by others demonic screams
Misbegotten from your worsed dreams.
Strangers had best beware this time
Wandering streets of potential crime
The locals too familiar with the slime.
At this time doors and windows barred
Armed men wary, standing guard
And yet each month with lunar wanes
Another family weeps their pains.


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Seths Feast

Silent creatures, in stealth they sniff the wind,
Slumbers ended, emerging from their place.
Chameleons of death, searching for who has sinned
Moving...see how easy their colours change,
And others who tonight are caught without grace,
Shadows, feeding on souls, more than mortal death.
So soon tonight a victim comes into range
To soon this hapless victim had best be braced
The race is on, and man knows the roll exchange
Tonight itís man not beast that will be chased.
Fear is the scent, and blood tasted on the breath
But running man is no match for slavering beast,
One more is sacrificed to the evil God Seth
And man provides creature with the feast.


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True North

What are lips if they are not shared?
What is love if it is not given,
And lovers if they are not paired?
Dreams are never what you expect,
Too late given were you to reject.
Make the most of what life offers
And dig deep into fates coffers.

What is Eternity if itís alone?
Two souls may seek awhile apart
Together finding how they have grown.
Where you to open what would you find?
Staying closed is staying blind!
Open lifeís doors let the light in
Face the future let life begin.

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Veils Lifted

I have looked up into the stars for a sign
And searched the lands and seas
The answer was in your eyes all the time.
Now I know, and your doubt can see,
Leaving me knowing where to start.
The mouth that would seem to call me,
Could not tell me about your heart.
Now in a reality that is divine
We have felt minds touch at last
Realising our souls will combine.
What will happen now is up to us,
Time and tide, is anybodies guess.
Yet I have the feeling all is well,
Before timeís end doubts will dispel.

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Nicola Wynter

Blood Moon

On the deepest night of tears
She comes to follow the one,
Ancient eyes beckon, come near.
Enter your dreams to swallow
Flowing into minds hollow
The alchemy of olden
From yesterdays n'er golden.
Emboldened now, he flies,
Across times planes of astral
To meet the lady that cries.
Under a reddened full moon
Runs a maiden that croons,
Found by noble arms, circled
Around her unlamented.

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A Lunet

Aurora came to wash out dusk,
Dusty eyes became the rainbow,
Clouds parted to let in more trust.
Sharar is the one chasing stars
Come to shine up the moons mirror
Followed by day star to light skies,
Azure goddess breath sighs clearer.
Nothing is just a small planet
Hanging where the moon just now was
And joy then slung from loves lunet.
The path of dark night came apart
At the seam of dawns bright hem, pale,
To see how one moment departs,


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Tell Me

Tell me not, tell me not of rain,
Tell me only, tell me true of love,
The way it goes when it refrains.
The song sparrows trill is heard first
After short spring showers thirst
Has quenched the earth as you have me,
Divinely under stately trees.
Tell me sure, tell me where is love?
Tell me now, tell me how it's born,
The way it grows, as flies the dove.
You whisper as the winds caress,
Carry me to yon chambered nest,
Lest the sound of rain passes by,
And love sings not sweet lullaby.


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White Bird

In health and love you are most blessed
For it is said you carry all
Loveless souls ills back to your nest.
Come, look at those less fortunate
So they may tarry one more day,
And mark the hour that love did stay,
Then as you mark it, make constate.
Make sure there are no doubts at all,
Love should not be worried for this
Nor that, or wounded, make you crawl.
In all thats good and honest be,
For when you look, there it is,
White bird looking with pure bliss,
Knowing it has found loves bay tree.


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Trewir Wintlek

Letís Taste Love. (Variation)

Letís fly away into the night
Where love is noteworthy to write
Where joy and peace set hearts flight
Letís feel our hearts weave patiently
Open our hearts to trickle like rain
Paint emotions colorfully
Erase confusion, erase pain
Letís see the colors of sunshine
Step into compassion so fine
Giving soft whispers, voice your mine
Letís press against the force of life
Experience goodness we thrive
Why wait moments; wasted on strife
When we can see what we derive...
Letís show faithfully, for awhile
Speak words of kindness; love style
Walk, talk, laugh and lovers smile
Letís Feel our love feverously
Hold on tight for another night
Our lives will be differently
Letís taste love from another light...

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Morning Stars

Morning Stars glitter in the sky
Love grows stronger, walked side by side
Days pass brighter time shifts; slips by
Smiling faces, bright as the sun
Two hearts power being as one
continuing life, we go on
Weíre blest each day from dawn to dawn
Night time falls, cuddled close in bed
Loving greatness we shall be feed
Watching corridors in dreams homestead
Our Days pass brighter, time slips by
Blest each day from dawn to dawn
Lifting our spirits traveled on
Stars Brilliantly glitter the sky...

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