2008 Form Challenges

#16 English Sestet

This sestet evolved from the popular Sicilian one and of course was made even more popular by Shakespeare who uses this sestet rhyme scheme in his sonnets. Iambic pentameter in the prefered meter for this form. Although it is mainly used as the turn or "Volta" in a sonnet, it can be used as a stand-alone vignette, or to consruct a ballad or a tale. The pattern is thus...
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
x X x X x X x c
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Sestet From Sonnet VI

Ten times thyself were happier than thou art,
If ten of thine ten times refigured thee:
Then what could death do, if thou shouldst depart,
Leaving thee living in posterity?
Be not self-will'd, for thou art much too fair
To be death's conquest and make worms thine heir.

William Shakespeare


English Sestet Challenge Replies

Maryse Achong

I Won't Forget
Remember Me
Saying Goodbye
Sesaons of our lives
We're Forty Six Years Old
Waste Not
To Love (A Tribute to John Keats)

Lorainne Dafney

Garden Porthole

Peggy Nelson

Biblical Folklore
Seasonal
Surfs Up Dude

Ryter Roethicle

Ephemeris
Intermission
Lovers Question
Mandolin
Ode to my Cherry Plum Tree
Reborn
Touch Me
Uncharted Waters
Why?
Nature Revisited


Leny Roovers

Changes

Fulfilment
Roundabout
Seasons

Nia Wynne

Angel Dragon
Deaths Dragon
Lucky Dragon
Star Dragon
Tree Dragon



Maryse Achong

I Won't Forget

I'll remember each kind word you've uttered,
I won't forget the nice things that you've done,
And even when my life is hectic, cluttered
My memories of you will still live on.
You'll be with me no matter where I go,
That's something that I thought that you should know.

I won't think of times when I was distressed,
Will not dwell on events that made me cry,
For I know that I have been truly blessed
And to say otherwise would be a lie.
Life's winds assail me, blow me where they will,
And though I stagger, I'm left standing still.

I'll recall the good times and the laughter
That we shared, those are all a part of me
'Til I die, and perhaps even after,
For who knows what life beyond death will be.
I want to thank you for the part you've played
In my life, and the difference you made.

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Remember Me

"All I ask of you is forever to remember me
As loving you."


I want them to sing this song when I'm dead
For those I've loved and those who have loved me
If they can't sing it let the words be read;
I pray that this will be my legacy:
That they will know long after I am gone,
The love I had for them will linger on.

Not much material worth for them I fear,
A little bit of jewelry, maybe
Some bits and pieces, antique furniture,
And if they want, my heartfelt poetry.
But they can rest assured that I will be
Close by, given that opportunity

And if they think of me once in a while
Then perhaps they can ask Our Heavenly
Father to look upon me with a smile
And show me some measure of His Mercy;
For even when I did not pass a test
In most cases I'd done my very best.

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Saying Goodbye

So many thoughts go flitting through my head,
So many emotions course through my heart,
The seasons of our lives how they have sped;
Time to close half shut doors, make a new start.
I feel the sun's warmth slowly chase the chill,
But there are shadows that are lurking still..

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Seasons of Our Lives

August thirty first nineteen sixty two
We gained our independence from the crown
A coming of age for us, our debut;
Hoisted a new flag pulled the old one down;
And though I celebrate, my heart is sad,
At what is happening in Trinidad.

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We're Forty Six Years Old

August thirty first nineteen sixty two
We gained our independence from the crown
A coming of age for us, our debut;
Hoisted a new flag pulled the old one down;
And though I celebrate, my heart is sad,
At what is happening in Trinidad.

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Waste Not

A waste of time to play a mindless game,
Life is too short to spend it being sad
About things which will always be the same;
Far better to spend time in being glad.
Avoid the things that only bring you down,
Much easier to smile than wear a frown.

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To Love (A Tribute to John Keats)

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Lorainne Dafney

Garden Porthole

Come see my garden, past the wooden gate
It makes creaking sounds, just like an old man
I watch seasons change and anticipate
To see what mother nature and I plan
Together we plant side by side as friends
The flowers for spring, that mark winter's end

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Peggy Nelson

Biblical Folklore

In biblical folklore dragons now arrive
Spitting and blazing all countries land
Stomping and quaking Chinas road drive
Millions of dragons splashing with hands
In the Gulf of Mexico causing ruins in lands
Now ain't that just grand?

Thousand have died throughout the world
Is this is a sign of Gods punishment?
From seven headed Dragons they've hurled
Why didn't religions stress more and implement
Now we Sit stupefied or be in bed curled
The coming of the dead end world

Are we as humans so stupid and blind
Why should rich give a damn 'bout poor
Not caring 'bout others, closing their mind
Perhaps, someday when dragons abhor
Without Warning fire wealthy mankind
Fire them all, let them have foolish poor mind

Those rich in gold will learn the poor mans world
To learn what it's like to be dirty and poor
Be taken down the dragons spiked back curled
Without food, without help and being cruelly sore
Thrash their trash dragons, bring civilized earth
Rest in peace Dragons, back to heavenly birth

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Seasonal

Wintertime will soon bring fallin' snow
Time to decorate Christmas trees
Gaze out windows watch snowflakes blow
And cover the land with ices
Time to smell aromas of fleshly baked pie,
With loved ones and reminisce of years gone by

Springtime springs into action
Time to plant seeds and watch them grow
Play games, ride bikes, run a marathon
With the kids and band aid their stubbed toes
Time to fast forward to another timely zone
How quickly Springtime's flown

Summertime arrives with plenty of things to do
Take a trip, go camping and fishing
Go to the zoo, the beach and mountains too
Unlimited time in dreams you were wishing
With loving nights, watching stars shine ever so bright
Making memories together under the moon light

Fall brings more excitement and winds
Trees shed their colorful leaves
Time to cut faces on pumpkins
Eat turkey, pies till everyone heaves
Time to end this seasonal poem
For love has fallen and it's time to roam.

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Surfs Up Dude

Reminiscing 'bout year round surfing
With surfing dudes on Wikiki
Many dudes to set your heart to singing
While catching threatening waves from the salty sea.
Indulging in peaceful walks at ones own command
Blissful tears freed and covered by the riverside sand

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Ryter Roethicle

Ephemeris

Two lovers met under a starry night
For a while the world was still, just a while
They watched and provided their light.
But the moon and stars are ephemeral
And whilst we mortals can stay in one place
Celestial beings must around heaven race.

Once they were mortals just like you and I
Who lived and fell in love but moved on
Now they move on each night across the sky.
To every pair of lovers they are drawn
Remembering warm nights so long ago
And all those special feelings they still know.

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Intermission

It is not the end, just because we have to part
Rather it is the intermission, merely a pause.
And like everything that concerns the heart
Our parting just seems to be the close.
I pose the question, "What of the seasons?"
It's just winter has struck that is the reason

I say that love is not dead nor can it be so
We now have something we can build on

But we know what we have sown will grow
Just as it has, in other times now past.
There is no doubt now as we both know
We have the proof that what we have will last.
Unlike you I know that I will hide my tears
But like you I know there are no fears.

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Lovers Question

Shall I undress your demons first,
Or touch you, softly with a smile,
Then with a kiss calm the thirst
That I see running in your eyes,
And help cast away all your fears?
For all time, I will stop your tears.

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Mandolin

It was late last summer the mandolin played
You looked at me wiping away your tears
Holding hands in the dark you cried and smiled
Saying, "I've been without you all these years"
Now I listen all alone as the same music plays
Who could not remember those happier days?

But now as another musician starts to play
This time there are tears and once again you cry
A different mood, we are together on another day
And yourealise no matter what, love cannot die
Soft sounds of the mandolin permeate the room
Though the lights are dim, there is no gloom.

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Ode to my Cherry Plum Tree

Look!! Outside a pink budded tree, a sign
Spring has arrived, morning's chorus agree
The proof is the white spots that form a line
Along the road running parallel to the tree
And my car the recipient of each avian gift
That is the target no matter to where I shift.

Now that tree has donated its fruit to me
And I poor mortal respond within the law
For with drought and summer I am not free
To give you ought but shower water I draw.
With that grey offering you seem to survive
And thankful I am you remain alive.

Autumn has come and although still warm
I see you droop as if you've had enough.
You've done your job despite threats of harm
I in turn have done my best, and you are tough
And I remember strong winds shaking thee
Walking to my car I sensed you greeting me

Now is the time I know you dread the most
You are stripped and do not appear alive
Selfish winter is the most unkind host
Where we worry if you will survive.
But just when we begin to worry most
We wake up and see your pinkish host,

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Reborn

My wings will soon fly o'er the Pacific sky
Escaping again from the once was morn.
First we'll cover where the day will die
Reaching out east where the world is born
And with that death wake to see the sun arise
Reborn and fresh as its celestial prize.

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Touch Me

Touch me once again with your soft fingertips
Nay do not now retreat from thy search of me
Neither do you stop the travel of thy lips
Instead I must close my eyes, lost in ecstasy.
My wanton breath unwillingly betrays me
Thou art now part of me, so I am part of thee.

My wicked temptress, now you own my soul
With your touch you arouse my bodies fire
Thy taste of me is complete now we are whole
My body arcs as a release to heaven I aspire
Finally to spend myself into thy heavenly cup
From which eyes shining you so lovingly sup.

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Uncharted Waters

In the unchartered waters of the heart
The tour guides are fellow travellers,
Equally lost and unsure of the parts
Played in emotion's deep-backwaters
Backpacking each day exploring the way
How can a leader not know what to say?

In the unchartered waters of the heart
Where each one must chart a course of need
Sometimes accede to ways that will impart
A smoother journey that will in time succeed
Always helping to seek a star to follow
Means that sometimes one own life is hollow

. In the unchartered waters of the heart
Where often hidden shoals and mysteries
Wait to wrest the traveller none to smart
From bliss to horror, living lives of lies
A corporate being who's life is a mess
And certain in time becomes soulless.

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Z The Final Axis

Just for a while we stopped and smiled and talked
And as we talked, souls touched, we fell in love a while.
How long is a while I thought and so I checked
I had no need for it's quite a while, and I see you smile.
Today can seem like eternity but true love is a day
A day that is like no other, so we call it eternity.

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Nature Revisited

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Leny Roovers

Changes

As first green leaves turn yellow, red and brown,
the days are shortening with rapid haste;
I watch my trees reveal fast balding crowns-
their once thick foliage drops down- erased.
Our summer showed her face just for a while,
she hides behind thin veils, this autumn's style.

As nights are growing colder, frost appears
and on the meadows, cows are draped in shrouds-
white witches' breath still lingers ere it clears;
above, the sun plays hide and seek with clouds.
The coat of autumn smells of rain and earth,
while day by day dark winter gains in girth.

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Fulfilment

My hands explore your body's soft warm skin,
imprinting on my fingertips your feel;
your fragrance is inviting- lips join in
and as I taste, I mark you with my seal.
Revisiting each place of joy, I kiss,
in knowing your swift answer brings deep bliss.

Your arms now hold me, while my limbs enfold
you, wanting to dissolve in you again;
I wish to disappear in you, remold
my body, till we share the same domain.
There is but one heart beating and one breath-
each utmost pleasure, an exquisite death.

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Roundabout

I'm on a thought-filled roundabout that jams;
at least eight exits I can see, don't move.
As racing thoughts can't leave, their flow just crams.
My traffic-cop is on a strike, I prove.
Some thoughts start honking loudly, they want out,
but I have no control, I've lost my clout.

I watch the inner turmoil, hear the brakes,
as slowly traffic comes to a standstill;
first dust should settle, lest I make mistakes,
before I restore order with my will.
When silence reigns once more, light works again,
there's little traffic- none in the fast lane.

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Seasons

In spring our love was hot and quick, we burned
as flames consumed our flesh, then huddled close;
we cherished given days while seasons turned-
meetings were poetry, alone just prose.
Spring flowers bloomed and made our garden lush
with reds and pink, put on by lover's brush.

The summer of our love taught us to share
our fears and sorrows, next to joy and play;
trusting that warm shoulder, knowing each cared.
Together we climbed high and learned to pray.
As summer flowers grew to carry seed,
we worked to keep our garden free of weed.

In autumn, love is warm and comforting,
a known and treasured recipe, approved;
we've saved our summer flowers, assorting
seeds, so next year's blossoms might be improved.
As autumn's flaming blaze brings back our spring,
our hands reach out, invite our hearts to sing.

While winter of our love is not yet sealed,
we'll try to make provisions for that time-
store memories within this autumn's yield
and brighten winter with our summer climbs.
Still fragrant flowers of the seasons past,
will warm our future days, as love still lasts.

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Nia Wynne

Angel Dragon

Above you rises the expansive sky,
Home of white winged guardians of old,
There to protect and defend from on high
All mortal souls from shadow realms so cold
That no life could exist there, merely death,
So think of them and they shall give you breath.

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Deaths Dragon

Upon your demise his dark wings unfold
For when life escapes your lips, he is there
To carry you home to your place, foretold,
Whether it be heaven or hell, beware,
The shadows be his domain in the night
Where dawn never comes nor sunshine's pure light.

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Lucky Dragon

When you find a four leaf clover of green
Or a butterfly's wing falls at your feet,
Then flowers grow where none have been seen
Nor planted, take a moment for this treat
And recall the last rainbow you did see
For knowing this dragon will set you free.



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Star Dragon

Hie thee home to the most sacred blessed star
As brilliant wing'd Draco takes you high
Away from Deaths lair, to honor afar,
Your name given to a new twinkle, fly
You past millions of heavenly spots,
There your spirit stays, never then forgot.

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Tree Dragon

Upon the earth green and growing things thrive
Because the verdant winged beast is guide
For the leaves in Spring to come back alive,
To all those beings without fur nor hide,
But flowers know who sings so they may bloom
And in pastured groves of oak, give no gloom.

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