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2008 Form Challenges

#4 Terzanelle

This is a marriage of the Italian Terza Rima with the French Villanelle by Lewis Turco in his "The Book of Forms and can present a challenge to the serious poet. It consists of five stanzas of three lines (tercets), and the final stanza having four lines (quatrain).

The middle line of the first stanza is copied and becomes the last line of the following stanza and the first line of that stanza rhymes with it, thus making it an interlocking form. The final stanza follows the same pattern as previously, with the first line of the first stanza becoming the second line of the last stanza and the last line of the first stanza becoming the last line of the last stanza also, completing the link back to the first stanza.

As an alternative, Turco also suggests making the repeat line be the second line still rhyming with the first forming one couplet and the interlocking lines from the first stanza making another couplet. The two final schemes that make up the last stanza that could be either: .f. f. .a. a ... or: .f. .a. .f. .a.


Terzanelle in Thunderweather

This is the moment when shadows gather
under the elms, the cornices and eaves.
This is the center of thunderweather.

The birds are quiet among these white leaves
where wind stutters, starts, then moves steadily
under the elms, the cornices and eaves.

These are not our voices speaking guardedly
about the sky, of the sheets of lightening
where wind stutters, starts, then moves steadily

Into our lungs, across our lips, tightening
our throats. Our eyes are speaking in the dark
about the sky, of the sheets of lightening

That illuminate moments. In the stark
shades we inhabit, there are no words for
our throats. Our eyes are speaking in the dark

Of things we cannot say, cannot ignore,
This is the moment when shadows gather
shades we inhabit, there are no words for
this is the center of thunderweather.

Wesley Court




Terzanelle Challenge Replies

Maryse Achong

A Terzanelle
Gimme, Gimme
Peace Treaty
Two Sides of the Coin

Lorainne Dafney

In the Orchard

Michael Dixon

Enfolded Freedom
Harmony
Jealousy
Time in the sand<

Lori Martin

Nothing At All
Valley Of Dreams

Peggy Nelson

In Silence by the Shoreline
Loving Soft Music
Home Sweet Home
New Fond Friend
Pier Haven
Stupid Cupid
War

Ryter Roethicle

Abstract Painting
Autumn Love
Believe in Dragons
Breezy Blether
City of Angels
It started with a kiss
MIrror
Our Hands
Question
Walk with me

Leny Roovers

Friendship and Love
Love's gentle Fingers
Preparations II
The Dragon and the Ring
The Heron's Visit
The Mighty Dragons
The Two Faces of Love

Dinah Serritelli

No More

Drew Uootem

Star Studded Sky

Newell Usher

Writing a Terzanelle for fun

Nicola Wynter

Dreamlands of White



Maryse Achong

A Terzanelle

I really hope I get this new form right,
It's not as easy as it would appear;
I won't concede defeat without a fight.

The guidelines are precise and very clear,
I will just have to read them carefully
It's not as easy as it would appear.

There are examples there for me to see,
May be the end result won't be too bad,
I will just have to read them carefully.

It's not the first challenge I've ever had,
Much like a game I really want to play,
Maybe the end result won't be too bad.

'No pain, no gain' that's what the experts say,
And truth be told I'm having lots of fun,
Much like a game I really want to play.

I'm on the last verse now, it's almost done,
I really hope I get this new form right,
And truth be told I'm having lots of fun
I won't concede defeat without a fight.


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Gimme, Gimme

One must learn to be selfish, I've been told
Because it is a necessary tool,
And that is how most folks are in this world.

There are those who would take you for a fool;
If you don't learn the rules you lose the game
Because it is a necessary tool.

Just do what half the world does without shame,
Take what you can get 'cause you're Number One.
If you don't learn the rules you lose the game.

Words like 'trust' and 'sincerity' are gone,
"Appreciation' a thing of the past;
Take what you can get 'cause you're Number One.

Relationships in these days rarely last,
It's 'gimme, gimme' syndrome all the way
'Appreciation' a thing of the past.

It's 'gimme, gimme' syndrome' all the way,
One must learn to be selfish I've been told
Egocentricity's the game to play
And that is how most folks are in this world.


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Peace Treaty

Make love not war' is what they used to sing,
And people loved the idea and complied
But making love did not solve anything.

The wars raged on and countless numbers died
Mind bending drugs by then were the new craze
And people loved the idea and complied.

Easier to accept things in that haze
Small hope that one day soon true peace might reign
Mind bending drugs by then were the new craze.

Yet still we make the same mistakes again
A generation that has lost its way
Small hope that one day soon true peace might reign.

History repeats itself the experts say,
Now broken and drugged out they reproduce
A generation that has lost its way.

Now broken and drugged out they reproduce,
'Make love not war' is what they used to sing;
There must be a new way to call a truce,
For making love did not solve anything.


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Two Sides of the Coin

Forces of good and bad live in us all,
Whether we accept this is true or not;
Our choice, be ignoble or ethical.

They take their turns at blowing cold or hot,
We're privileged to choose twixt wrong and right.
Whether we accept this is true or not.

Though we are free to select black or white,
Many people prefer a grayish place;
We're privileged to choose twixt wrong and right.

Our choice to lift our head or hide our face,
To take a stand, either 'against' or 'for';
Many people prefer a grayish place.

A neutral zone, but how can we ignore
What we know is correct; we can't refuse
To take a stand either 'against' or 'for'.

But notwithstanding whatever our views,
Forces of good and bad live in us all;
What we know is correct we can't refuse:
Our choice be ignoble or ethical.


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Lorainne Dafney

In the Orchard

A celebration will happen in May
Beneath the willow oaks branches that shade
A young woman and man will say their vows

A perfect setting as if it were made
Still seems very much like a dream to me
Beneath the willow oaks branches that shade

Time has captured so much and so quickly
A day I've dreamed of and she has to will
Still seem very much like a dream to me

Everyone there will be silent until
She passes the guests, with her smile and grace
A day I've dreamed of and she has to will

Begin beneath the stars two lovers face
As each one pledges their hopes together
She passes the guests, with her smile and grace

Two lives today have now joined forever
As each one pledges their hopes together
A celebration will happen in May
A young woman and man will take their vows

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Michael Dixon

Enfolded Freedom

Be free my heavy heart times spent without
When trapped in between live life in despair
Enfold another and cherish the drought

Softly caress tender petals so fair
Canst avoid protruding thorns from thy skin
When trapped in between live life in despair

Our destructive force binds ye from within
Open to heavens wrath we do submit
Canst avoid protruding thorns from thy skin

Only to earth and ye do I commit
Concomitantly we search to be free
Open to heavens wrath we do submit

Together not alive nor dead we be
Survival encumbered we must endure
Concomitantly we search to be free

Time an argument canst stop the allure
Be free my heavy heart times spent without
Survival encumbered we must endure
Enfold another and cherish the drought.


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Harmony

To hear not your song breaks a heart in two
And then becomes a distant melody
To my soul I turn for inside coarse you

The harmony of you does ring in me
Though does soften slightly when your not here
And then becomes a distant melody

Restless nights without you become my fear
Bravely facing the world from hardened shell
Though does soften slightly when your not here

I mope and barely surviving I dwell
Exist within to hear angelic song
Bravely facing the world from hardened shell

As my memory fades and I do long
Asking why the pain resides and I hide
Exist within to hear angelic song

Come back my love I whisper and confide
To hear not your song breaks a heart in two
Asking why the pain resides and I hide
To my soul I turn for inside coarse you


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Jealousy

Your heart does belong to another man
Yet you look my way with lust in your eyes
Some day to run away will be our plan

I watch you alone and plot his demise
Whispering words to me you cannot say
Yet you look my way with lust in your eyes

Stealing a sweet kiss you blow it my way
Not knowing how much longer I can wait
Whispering words to me you cannot say

You could very well be my one soul mate
Swallowing my pride while he takes my place
Not knowing how much longer I can wait

Be patient lover I read on your face
I will bide my time and wait here for you
Swallowing my pride while he takes my place

Our moment with each other will come soon
Your heart does belong to another man
I will bide my time and wait here for you
Some day to run away will be our plan


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Time in the sand

When oceans erode lines drawn in the sand
A symbol of dying love that cant be
Our time is complete for you I withstand

No commitment required you will agree
Disjoined individual, separate heart
A symbol of dying love that cant be

Then love whispered us no longer apart
History hidden only to emerge
Disjoined individual, separate heart

The problem not fighting the sexual urge
It loses meaning and becomes empty
History hidden only to emerge

The fights and arguments they are plenty
Erases the love that's no longer there
It loses meaning and becomes empty

Inside we change for I no longer care
When oceans erode lines drawn in the sand
Erases the love that's no longer there
Our time is complete for you I withstand


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Lori Martin

Nothing At All

I silently watch the snow fall and fall
thankful to have such a warm cozy home,
heart weeping for those who've nothing at all.

Among us, invisible, our streets they roam,
sleep under bridges or in a big box
thankful to have such a warm cozy home.

Our cars, homes, and hearts are secured with locks,
block out those who keep their life in a bag,
sleep under bridges or in a big box.

Our fellow man needs help as spirits sag;
humaneness forgotten, we turn a blind eye,
block out those who keep their life in a bag.

A few hear their call and for them they fight,
for what if they're angels we refuse to see?
Humaneness forgotten, we turn a blind eye.

Wondering 'bout my own humanity,
I silently watch the snow fall and fall.
For what if they're angels we refuse to see,
hearts weeping for those who've nothing at all?


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Valley Of Dreams

She walked one night in a valley of dreams
thin clouds drifting lazily across a full moon
In an enchanted land where all is not as it seems

Visions encountered induced virginal swoon
as forbidden delights tantalized wide eyes
thin clouds drifting lazily across a full moon

That such wonders existed she never realized
Her budding excitement nearly burst open sweet heart
as forbidden delights tantalized wide eyes

With infinite choices she pondered her start
carnal passions beckoning this na´ve-est of souls
her budding excitement nearly burst open sweet heart

Yet impulsiveness is tempered by traditions of old
her intuition whispering Truth known only to her
carnal passions beckoning this na´ve-est of souls

Glancing over one shoulder she denied their allure
her intuition whispering Truth known only to her
She walked one night in a valley of dreams
In an enchanted land where all is not as it seems


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Peggy Nelson


In Silence by The Shoreline

Walk with love alone the seas shoreline
Feel the softness below of soft silky sand
While feelings rush in peaceful and sublime

Call to mind loved ones who've held your hand
Feel the summer breeze gently touch your face
Feeling the softness below of soft silky sand

Reminisce 'bout kisses while gazing in space
Listening to the music of soothing waves
Feel the summer breeze gently touch your face

Smile a smile from loves lost and craved
Embrace the thoughts from the moonlights glow
Listening to the music of the soothing waves

Touching the water as it ebbs and flows
Walk in silence along the sandy beach
Embrace the thoughts from the moonlights glow

Keep in mind love surrounds what you beseech
Walk with love alone the seas shoreline
Walk in silence along the sandy beach
While feelings rush in peaceful and sublime


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Home Sweet Home

Our hearts will be sealed with splendid love, making it our home
With profusions of love we'll deliver from hidden spaces within
A peaceful joyous place to gather and call it home sweet home

To rest alone together a secret place where few have been
Someday, perhaps Valentines Day our dreams will all come true
with profusions of love we'll deliver from hidden spaces within

Distinctive love lays waiting, in my compassionate heart for you
When I give you my heart you will find a lasting love forever
Someday, perhaps Valentines Day our dreams will all come true

No lovers from the past will come between our love to sever
I will give to you my flourishing heart come this Valentines Day
When I give you my heart you'll find a lasting love forever

In my hidden place I'll visualize you coming to my heart to stay
Receiving the soothing love waiting for you within my secret heart
I will give to you my flourishing heart come this Valentines Day

I promise you'll be delighted when you enter this new refreshing start
Receiving the soothing love waiting for you within my secret heart
Our hearts will be sealed with splendid love, making it our home
A peaceful, joyous place to gather; and call it Home Sweet Home


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Loving Soft Music

Laying us down on soft musical sheets
Letting notes astound in our melody room
Lingering touching our passionate feats

Loving moments in pleasures we consume
Leaving musical beats to fall into process
Letting notes astound in our melody room

Lounging around on Sunday afternoon recess
Looking an searching within our heart, our soul
Leaving musical beats to fall into process

Learning love's mystic tones that flow
Longing for companionship build on trust
Looking an searching within our heart, our soul

Leaning into a relationship filled with robust
Loving together the power of musical notes
Longing for companionship build on trust

Loving sincere rhythms we now devote
Laying us down on soft musical sheets
Loving together the power of musical notes
Lingering touching our passionate feats.


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New Fond Friend

I must go up this twisting road till the end
I'll stop in bewilderment to explore along this road
I know this road will guide me to the hands of a new fond friend

Timeless moments have past, roads are filled with erode
Time has elapsed to newer roads where I can soar
I'll stop in bewilderment to explore along this road

New dreams to expand with delight and more
Up a winding road to the top of a mountain
Time has elapsed to newer roads where I can soar

Luscious trees and lakes by the old soda fountain
Fresh smelling Eucalyptus trees reaching the sky
Up a winding road to the top of a mountain

Listening to the birds as they sing a lullaby
I love this new road it flows as pleasant as a stream
Fresh smelling Eucalyptus trees reaching the sky

Breathtaking beauty surrounds in all color schemes
I love this new road it flows as pleasant as a stream
I must go up this twisting road till the end
I know this road will guide me to the hands of a new fond friend .


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Pier Haven


Sitting at the end of a lonely pier
Waves so calm you strain to listen
Not a soul in sight, I released blissful tears

Reflections of lights seem to glisten
Up above stylish soft sparkling stars
Waves so calm you strain to listen

A distant hum of passing cars
A night I felt peaceful and serene
Up above, stylish soft sparkling stars

The winds lightly blew the air freshly clean
It was so spectacular it could not be real
A night I felt peaceful and serene

Oh! How superior it made me feel
It was so majestic you wouldn't believe
It was so spectacular it could not be real

If I had my way, I'd never leave
Sitting at the end of a lonely pier
It was so majestic you wouldn't believe
Not a soul in sight, I released blissful tears


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Stupid Cupid Part 1

Where is that Stupid Cupid with his bow and arrow?
Valentines day is coming and will be here soon
I've looked in the sky and only seen one lonely sparrow

I want to be held tight under the silvery moon
I know I don't deserve a man as handsome and caring as you
Valentines day is coming and will be here soon

Yet, when we're together I sure hope that cupid zaps you too
If zapped, we could be happy and not lonely anymore
I know I don't deserve a man as handsome and caring as you

We could as a couple laugh and love and roll on the floor
I've seen the cupid zapping every single person around
If so, we could be happy and not lonely anymore

He came close to me, but the arrow hit the ground
I'm hoping he'll come back soon and try again
I've seen the cupid zapping every single person around

I'd like to be zapped, 'cause I'll going insane
I'm hoping he'll come back soon and try again
Where is that Stupid Cupid with his bow and arrow?
I've looked in the sky and only seen one lonely sparrow


Part 2

I'd like to be zapped right now on this Valentines Day
I'm hoping he'll come back soon and try again
Where is Stupid Cupid I haven't seen him at all today

He knows I've waited far to long, to long I'm going insane
I've looked in the sky and only seen a lonely sparrow
I'm hoping he'll come back soon and try again

Where is that Damn Stupid Cupid with his bow and arrow?
I'm so lonely you stupid cupid, I really need to be shot
I've looked in the sky and only seen a lonely sparrow

I'm thinking this stupid cupid with the arrow ain't so hot!
Maybe, just maybe there's another cupid on his way
I'm so lonely you stupid cupid, I really need to be shot

All I can do now is get on my knee's and pray
I am wishing the next cupid will zap my lonely hearts
Maybe, just maybe there's another cupid on his way

'cause Cupid I've fallen in love with your work of art
I'd like to be zapped right now on this Valentines Day
I am wishing the next cupid will zap my lonely heart
Where is that Stupid Cupid I haven't seen him at all today


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War


The sun and moon are still around
While we're firing at the enemy
Guns blasting making awful sounds

Tried to see what's in front of me
Stumbling over bodies all 'round us
While we're firing at the enemy

Running quickly, we've got to rush
Praying God listens to our please
Stumbling over bodies all 'round us

Blood stained friends in ditches by trees
Some men may die a awful death
Praying God listens to our please

We stand and fight till our last breath
Our spirits remain, courageous and bold
Some men may die a awful death

Fighting for peace and till justice unfolds
Our spirits remain courageous and bold
The sun and moon are still around
Guns blasting making awful sounds


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Ryter Roethicle

Abstract Painting

As cold rain pushes its way to my skin
Hiding eyes beneath blackened skies
Scratching my head, where do I begin?

Billboards and flashing signs telling lies
All lost in jungles of concrete and steel
Hiding eyes beneath blackened skies.

Savage people pass, too numb to feel
Cracks in the pavement patterned like love
All lost in jungles of concrete and steel.

Trees of red, yellow, green lights above
The fruit of perfect disharmony reigns
Cracks in the pavement patterned like love.

I question what sense this place contains.
Keep walking, this is nowhere to exist,
The fruit of perfect disharmony reigns

The weather merely emphasises this cyst,
As cold rain pushes its way to my skin
Keep walking, this is nowhere to exist,
Scratching my head, where do I begin?


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Autumn Love

Come take my hand my autumn angel
No longer in spring or summer bright
Lush green colours are no longer visible

The days share equal time with night
Our legacy the colours of red and gold
No longer in spring or summer bright

The harvest gathered, the crop are sold
Winds from cooler seas now chill the air
Our legacy the colours of red and gold

Evenings sat by a fire in a comfy chair
This time is ours in our own private nest
Winds from cooler seas now chill the air

What we have earned, time alone is best
Our future life stretching out forever
This time is ours in our own private nest

Let's walk this path and stay together
Our future life stretching out forever.
Come take my hand my autumn angel
Lush green colours are no longer visible


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Believe in Dragons

Believe in dragons, so they may live again.
The time is ripe now that we may live a fantasy
Cannot fantasy and life be both the same?

Cannot we believe and see what we want to see
For dragons lore was part of what used to be.
The time is ripe now that we may live a fantasy

See amid our deepest dreams the bluest sea.
Lording over the land, the golden gentle beast
For dragons lore was part of what used to be.

Knightly lore was blackest deed and evil feast
Magic helped the reigned lord to gain his power
. Lording over the land, the golden gentle beast

Blackest deed and wicked trick did overthrow
Causing this wondrous beast to hide till now
Magic helped the reigned lord to gain his power.

Believe in them. Believe so they may grow
Causing this wondrous beast to hide till now
Believe in dragons, so they may live again.
Cannot fantasy and life be both the same?


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Breezy Blether

The westerly wind is gently kissing me cool
As it blows away the heat of a late summer morn
I know it will change as the north adds fuel.

But peace for now and nature shows no scorn
I can still hear the birds enjoying the breeze
As it blows away the heat of a late summer morn

And I know it is her way to oft times tease
I realise that too soon she will change her mind
I can still hear the birds enjoying the breeze

The war ceases between her and mankind
When sometimes she allows us to feel free
I realise that too soon she will change her mind

Just for the moment myself and nature agree
Peace and tranquillity shall reign for a while
When sometimes she allows us to feel free

In my mind I see her giving me a smile
The westerly wind is gently kissing me cool
Peace and tranquillity shall reign for a while
I know it will change as the north adds fuel.


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City of Angels

I tried to listen to the earth today
All I heard was a screaming jet.
All is madness, no sanity in anyway.

The people here how easy they forget
Have they ever cared or know?
All I heard was a screaming jet.

The boom of the earth, the ebb and flow
The Earth breathes and lives and cares.
Have they ever cared or know?

Breathe, live in this filth them that dares
Rain cannot wash away the filth of kind
The Earth breathes and lives and cares.

Too many are deaf and are set of mind
Culpably ignorant of what is proven truth
Rain cannot wash away the filth of kind

I tried to listen to the earth today
All is madness, no sanity in anyway.
This city is like an uncouth, youth
Culpably ignorant of what is proven truth.


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It started with a kiss

It started with a kiss, two pairs of lips
It was so soft, so gentle in the meeting
Hands reaching out touching fingertips

First, like a butterfly a touch so fleeting
Two lonely people looking for each other
It was so soft, so gentle in the meeting

Like Pandora removing her box cover
Getting bolder as they become aware
Two lonely people looking for each other

Eyes closed willing the other to dare
Bodies melding as one, harmonising
Getting bolder as they become aware

Perfect at last no more fantasising
Two lovers now they are complete
Bodies melding as one, harmonising

Aphrodite has swept them off their feet
It started with a kiss, two pairs of lips
Two lovers now they are complete
Hands reaching out touching fingertips


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Mirror

What do you see when your looking in there?
Do you believe the image that it portrays?
The ultimate truth that is there, laid out bare.

Look and listen carefully to what it says
Each line there can you ignore what you see?
Do you believe the image that it portrays?

Did you gain them from happiness or misery?
Flaunt them, are they not lines well paid for?
Each line there can you ignore what you see?

Experience is gained by opening fates door
Each line earned, brought by pleasure or pain.
Flaunt them, are they not lines well paid for?

Knowing all, would you go through it all again?
Stand back, can you say that you have lived?
Each line earned, brought by pleasure or pain.

On life's adventures how have you thrived?
What do you see when your looking in there?
Stand back, can you say that you have lived?
The ultimate truth that is there, laid out bare.


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Our Hands

One gentle touch tells you I care
These hands have never had a manicure
They were never soft like yours are

With these hands you can feel secure.
Are they also the key to win thee
These hands have never had a manicure

How much of thee I love to see
Of a love I so wish will endure
Are they also the key to win thee

What of thy hands so soft and tender
That touch to me an important part
Of a love I so wish will endure

Your hand is small, a work of art
Your touch tells me everything
That touch to me an important part

Hands convey our soul's feelings
One gentle touch tells you I care
Your touch tells me everything
They were never soft like yours are


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Question

And how must we greet the morn
I came to you because of dreams
Will my dreams now fit the dawn?

Are you part of my fates schemes?
Or just that our lives have crossed?
I came to you because of dreams

Two boats met on life's ocean tossed
Join together and share our load
Or just that our lives have crossed?

You now walk with me on my road
Knowing this life is a day in time
Join together and share our load

Towards Nirvana together we climb
Or do we part at dark, and wave goodbye
Knowing this life is a day in time

Is it really worthwhile this time to try
Or do we part at dark, and wave goodbye
And how must we greet the morn
Will my dreams now fit the dawn?


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Walk with me

Come! Walk with me in the moonlight
Let's walk slowly together in this desert
There is only you and I this starry night.

Listen to the evening's noisy concert
As Cicada and others sound their refrain
Let's walk slowly together in this desert.

We'll talk and look and somehow attain
That feeling, bonding, becoming as one
As Cicada and others sound their refrain.

The moon arises replacing the stoic sun
Lovers become aware, first holding hands
Then feeling, bonding, becoming as one.

Love then takes all who walk on these sands
And then we will fulfil our destinies
Lovers become aware, first holding hands

I beg you, just for once, please, do not tease
Come! Walk with me in the moonlight
And then we will fulfil our destinies
There is only you and I this starry night.


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Leny Roovers

Friendship and Love

Friendship and Love are deep and true feelings
Both can form bonds that are stronger than death
Souls bound together throughout Life's dealings

Though Love turned sour might change into wrath
Friendship will comfort a heart in distress
Both can form bonds that are stronger than death

We all search for love, we well might confess
To find it is heaven, to lose it sheer hell
Friendship will comfort a heart in distress

Through all those shared lifetimes lovers can tell
We did long to be one, in heart and soul
To find love is heaven, to lose it sheer hell

Love is like a fire, making us whole
To know such feelings will bring a warm glow
We did long to be one, in heart and soul

To the greatness of Life I humbly bow
Friendship and Love are deep and true feelings
To know such feelings will bring a warm glow
Souls bound together throughout Life's dealings.


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Love's gentle fingers

When first love's gentle fingers touch the heart
It's like a soothing breeze to end all pain
Yet later might be felt its smarting dart

At the start love is like a healing rain
That restores vigour to a dried out soil
It's like a soothing breeze to end all pain

Then times might come when passions go to boil
Fulfilment of those longings long since there
That restores vigour to a dried out soil

Joyous times of sharing filled with care
Will come for lovers when they take this chance
Fulfilment of those longings long since there

Communicating with a single glance
An understanding deep and without words
Will come for lovers when they take this chance

Close to this true love is the love that hurts
Which will bring change to a once loving heart
An understanding deep and without words
Yet later might be felt its smarting dart.


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Preparations II

I did not want to be a host this day
The mood for birthday parties was not there
My son had other thoughts as he did say

To be with people who did laugh and care
Would help me to get out of this blue feel
The mood for birthday parties was not there

He called my friends, did ask them for a meal
Went shopping with me to get all the food
Would help me to get out of this blue feel

The shopping done I felt a change of mood
We had some tea and he began to cook
Went shopping with me to get all the food

A tasty pie was made without a book
The house smelled good, it felt like home again
We had some tea and he went on to cook

At last I felt the blue mood leave me then
I did not want to be a host this day
The house smelled good, it felt like home again
My son had other thoughts as he did say.


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The Dragon and the Ring

In days gone by when knights were still the thing
A dragon lived and she was red and cute
Her task on earth was to defend a ring

Many a song was sung in her tribute
About her courage as a guardian bold
A dragon lived and she was red and cute

At night, close to the fire, tales were told
Thus dreams were born in minds of boys still small
About her courage as a guardian bold

They dreamed of meeting with the dragon tall
Of winning from her care this special ring
Thus dreams were born in minds of boys still small

On festive nights the minstrels came to sing
Still years passed by and the red dragon wept
Of winning from her care this special ring

The dragon, she grew tired to be kept
In days gone by when knights were still the thing
Still years passed by and the red dragon wept
She wanted to be rid of this old ring!


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The Heron's Visit

A friend with whom I share a bond
The Heron came along a day ago
The ice was melting in my garden pond

He must have seen its water again flow
It had been quite a while since we last met
The Heron came along a day ago

It was my birthday and the date was set
To give a dinner party for some friends
It had been quite a while since we last met

The Heron, he stopped by to make amends
For all the times he tried to steal my fish
On this my dinner party for some friends

When all of us had gathered round the dish
He paid a visit we could see him well
For all the times he tried to steal my fish

The cats on seeing him meowed with a yell
That friend with whom I share a bond
He paid a visit we could see him well
The ice was melting in my garden pond.


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The Mighty Dragons

Once, long ago, when magic was still here
The dragons lived upon the earth as well
Their realm was great, the air their common sphere

It was a time of wonder and of spell
When Man did still believe in wondrous things
The dragons lived upon the earth as well

The mighty dragons flew on coloured wings
The air touched brightly by their golden fire
When Man did still believe in wondrous things

Now most of Man believes in, he can hire
The world has lost the magic dragon's touch
The air touched brightly by their golden fire

One man alone cannot do very much
Yet faith of many might restore the lore
The world has lost the magic dragon's touch

So let us dream of dragons like before
Once, long ago, when magic was still here
Yet faith of many might restore the lore
Their realm was great, air their common sphere


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The Two Faces of Love

When Love has touched you deep inside your heart
It is a cause for joy and comfort too
That Life is willing to give you that part

Besides the joy Love might bring pain to you
Send tears and worries to a heart no doubt
It is a cause for joy and comfort too

To really know what Love is all about
You should at least know of its double deeds
Send tears and worries to a heart no doubt

So please beware of all the things one meets
When you're in love and think the world is pink
You should at least know of its double deeds

It might be good to wink at Love I think
A little tongue in cheek you should not miss
When you're in love and think the world is pink

There is a lesson you might learn from this
When Love has touched you deep inside your heart
Be happy both with pain and with the bliss
That Life is willing to give you that part


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Dinah Serritelli

No More

Sheltered and surrounded by a solitary stillness
Clarity of thought is a wondrous stroke of luck
Serenity of a peaceful mind leaves me breathless

The beauty of what we have leaves me dumbstruck
Atheist, Agnostic or Believer we all are seekers
Clarity of thought is a wondrous stroke of luck

It is way to easy to be miserable weepers,
We don't want to be hurt, to hate, to pain
Atheist, Agnostic or Believer we all are seekers

From negativity there is no positive gain
We have choices to make our lives seem better
We don't want to be hurt, to hate, to pain

Baggage around our necks we do seem to fetter
It can't be, won't be that way any more for me
We have choices to make our lives be a lot better

I have discarded that which made me crazy
Sheltered and surrounded by a solitary stillness

It can't be, won't be that way any more for me
Serenity of a peaceful mind leaves me breathless.

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Drew Uootem

Star Studded Sky

Gazing into the pitch black star studded sky,
where life becomes so peaceful and sublime,
I find myself amongst them and wonder why.

I loose myself from known places and time
there on that distant star flickering bright
where life becomes so peaceful and sublime.

And for a moment I am lost in the gentle light
as thinking and rhyming seem to overtake me
there on that distant star flickering bright.

Thoughts have the power to create what reality will be
for beauty often comes from within the creating soul
as thinking and rhyming seem to overtake me.

To write something worthwhile my ultimate goal
with a imposing and divine poetic style so formal
for beauty often comes from within the creating soul.

The words that flow capture the imagination of my pen
Gazing into the pitch black star studded sky,
with an imposing and divine inspiration deep within
I find myself amongst them and wonder why...

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Newell Elsworth Usher

Writing a Terzanelle for fun

A Terza Rima and French Villanelle
Combine them to make a sweet Terzanelle
Although they say writing one is pure hell

And when I heard that this was so tough, well
What could I do but go and write one, too
Combine them to make a sweet Terzanelle

And here it is, a Terzanelle for you
Hey, it's just a little start as I yearn
What could I do but go and write one, too

As I write poetry I try to learn
Whatever form I find so playfully
Hey, it's just a little start as I yearn

And sometimes I will just write recklessly
A hurried way to just have lots of fun
Whatever form I find so playfully

And so I dance a gait and swing and run
A Terza Rima and French Villanelle
A hurried way to just have lots of fun
Though they say writing one is pure hell.

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Nicola Wynter

Dreamlands of White

Dreamlands of snow glistening white,
Pearls only envy that beauty
Which is not their own to delight.

Where white capped seas lap languidly
On diamond ice crusted shores,
Pearls only envy that beauty.

There is only one way to share
The door to the heart of a lass
On diamond ice crusted shores.

Like a mirror made of lead glass,
It takes much of time to enshrine
The door to the heart of a lass.

Mountains so fair that they do shine
Encased in arctic grandeurs,
It takes much of time to enshrine.

All fair hearts can never be sure
Encased in arctic grandeurs,
Dreamlands of snow glistening white
Which is not their own to delight.

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