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2009 Form Challenges

#7 Sicilian Septet

Although it wasn't used much by the court until it was fed back from England around the 15th century like the Rima the original version had no set meter. Later in England however, the revised version was formalised to use Iambic Pentameter. The choice is in the minds of the poet. and has a rhyme scheme of:
a. b. a. b. a. b. a.
Here is a lovely example of the form
Masks

Venetian mask show foxy smile on a stick;
in gleaming silk thin eyebrows lift in paint,
heads bob and turn with a pantomimic trick.
Moonshadows and Amantes bow in feint,
as Puccinella’s Ghost looks faintly sick-
the Doctor of the Pest has tried to taint
my lady’s sweet complexion- he is slick!

Leny Roovers



Sicilian Septet Challenge Replies

Maryse Achong

Life's Lesson

Divena Collins

Eternal Love
Etude
When

Jem Farmer

Beethoven's Moon
Hell's Wreath
Kaiserin
Septet of Annfwn
Sitting on the Staircse
Thank You

Ryter Roethicle

Bach's Cello
Duel
Found from Lost
I Have Known You
Just a ghost at midnight
Nae Reason
On Waking
Questions of Love
Usual Dung
Waking Sky
Zero Pomises

Leny Roovers

Insanity
Mirrors
Thoughts
Weeding

Nia Wynne

Hound of Love
Lion of Time



Maryse Achong

Special

Sometimes two souls will cross on life's sojourn,
Like passing ships that pause on open seas;
They feed each other, give and take in turn
As they connect, grow closer by degrees.
Sometimes these moments last, sometimes they burn
Out rapidly, there are no guarantees.
Whichever way, there's something each will learn.

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Divena Collins

Eternal Love

I desire you for all eternity,
no more, our feelings hide,
for we both share an entity
true love, not to be denied,
together, we have an affinity
of our heart, and soul inside.
until, we reach our true ability.

It`s those special things you say,
and all the caring things you do
makes me cherish you this way,
and why, I`m yearning just for you
I love you more, each passing day
know, you feel the same way too,
within depths, misty eyes portray.

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Etude

Our love is but, a moment in time,
in far off lands, of lovers fantasy
maybe soon, will one day be mine
to experience, true loves ecstacy,
how sweet the note of love sublime
sensuality, with a frenzy, of lunacy.
where ignorance, would be a crime.

A warm embrace, when we make love
thrills of being close, in soul and mind,
no stars are shimmering high above,
but deep in your eyes, and you in mine,
brief encounters are remembered of
passionate feelings, with love divine.
held dear, in two loving hearts thereof.

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When

When the clouds gather to weep,
when ravens fly home, to their nest,
when all the rivers flow so deep,
when dove`s have gone to rest,
when only then dear shall I keep,
my head laid upon your chest,
when we both lay down to sleep.

When harp strings, haunt the night,
when sweet harmony, is musical bliss,
when all the stars, that shine so bright,
when your eyes, the dewdrops kiss,
when bodies entwine, you hold me tight
more than ever, true love does exist
when we cherish our moments delight.

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Jem Farmer

Beethoven's Muse

The passion of piano keys plays her beams,
to touch the darkened Earth with sacred light,
at city limits, I embrace her dreams,
as summer calls this festive Sabbat night
when Beltane voices sing to moonlit streams,
my thoughts of love that bring you to my sight,
a sonata echoes her silver gleam.

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Hells Wreath

Bewitching spells that preyed upon my mind,
a mind enslaved and sold for vengeful creed.
A creed of hate with no remorse to unwind
the curses wound in blood so they may feed.
I'm fed with sin, to fate I am resigned,
resign my life in sacrificial deed,
a deed of covenant where vampires bleed.

No blood red rose shall mark the place I lie
I'm laid in this unconsecrated ground.
A groundless penance yet still I must die
as death awaits the kill of his hellhound
The snarling hounds deafen my helpless cry
my crying heart recoils to freedom found,
I find my soul, released from earth, can fly.

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The Kaiserin

Bavarian beauty, she reigned as queen,
Sisi her name, had no love for the court,
with grace and beauty she captured a scene,
a free spirit her courtiers couldn't thwart,
as hearts were won, where ever she was seen,
the horse her choice of favoured riding sport,
Sisi became the German Kaiserin.

The youthful bride when history was made,
yet death still came and stole her beloved son,
In Mayerling, the place suicide played.
So dressed in black of mourning, still she shone
as fate lay wait with an assassin's blade,
to pierce her heart under September's sun
the socialite of beauty slipped to shade.

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Septet of Annfwn

Beneath the sun my pen will write a wreath,
the wreathing words composed amid this rhyme.
In rhymes that flow from silver ink stained sheath,
unsheathed the tears reflect a bardic crime,
a crimson bell that tolls across the heath
below the heathen lands there is no time,
as time shall cease as Annfwn slips beneath.

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Sitting on the Staircase

I'm sitting on the staircase waiting here,
just waiting hoping time will pass by me,
until your key unlocks my heart with cheer.
I'm sat here watching spaces with nowt to see,
and dream that you will come and hold me near,
for with my darling close then I am free,
in love that sings your name I long to hear.

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Thank You for being a muse

Thank you for being a muse in the night
when I sit in the shadows with no clue
of what my pen should on this paper write.
A theme of thought can show the ink what's true
and words they come in flowing lines, right?
Block came knocking my door I turned to you
to shed a little light on this dark night.

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Ryter Roethicle

Bach's Cello

I allow the music to flow over me
The deep, dark tones of the cello
It and my soul no longer entities
United by music oh so mellow.
Realising the gift of a Deity and
Unwelcome by those existing below
Flowing oer me like an eternal sea..

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Duel

Like Red Riding Hood as she skips along
They bound along joyous paths he's laying
Rich melodies, with a plethora of song,
Sounding deeper from bodies swaying
The mellow cello adds to this throng.
Acoustic, squeaky fast fingers playing
Joyous sounds making us want to belong.

See the dark figure standing over there!
Woodwind responding to him in time
He stands alone, tall, but best beware
As his pipes play they sound so sublime
And people start gathering without a care
He leads the dancing as the tempo climbs
Showing cloven feet they had best beware.

The Violinist shyly lowers her head
She at last realises what they have bought
Her head lowers as she takes the lead
Then as though with second thought
Admirers pick up and follow her thread
Hoping now that Pan has been forgot
Recognising they will follow her instead.

With frantic moves the conductor takes oer
The music moves forward following him
As he slows the pace to an adagio
Like the music, the daylight starts to dim
Weary after playing this demonic score,
Victory now has tired every limb
Eyes closing he slowly sinks to the floor.

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Found from lost

I lost my heart to a heart unknown
Hidden deep within my tangled mind
Around which has hard callous bone.
I did not look for love nor expect to find
My mind was set and my heart like stone
And to all temptation I had gone blind.
Now there is one to help me atone.

Waking each day, I feel her within my heart
A special someone who makes me feel whole.
Who once was a stranger and is now a part
A someone with whom I now share my soul
And all my thoughts and feelings I can impart
Now I see that all is well, there's no control
Happily, willingly, I can accept Cupid's dart

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I Have Known You

I've known you Peg for a long while
I've made you laugh and made you cry
But mainly trying to make you smile,
And now to us you're waving goodbye.
You made us love you with your style
Of crazy humour in plentiful supply
The oh so easy ways that you beguile.

You have made me laugh and cry to
With frustration cause of alleged wrong
But it was our cultures that were askew
Then soon you'd be singing another song
And everything would be just like new.
Now you've moved where we don't belong
Peggy I really thank you and say adieu.

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Just a ghost at midnight

I saw you at midnight, neath a starry sky
Are you a ghost, ever bound to Earth
Or just a soul awaiting your time to fly
Perhaps a soul waiting your next rebirth
I saw white gossamer against your thigh
And flapping wings as if in Heavenly mirth
That caused me to pause and not pass by.

Are you a ghost, that's ever bound to be
Wandering along mossy paths each night
Missed when searching for a love to be
Gathering lovers with each spectral sight
And promising them eternal ecstasy
A night with you would be a lifetimes delight
Creating memories lasting for all eternity.

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Nae Reason

There is nae reason for ye te turn away,
Advance te me and be loved forever
Just promise me ye'll nae say nay
An I promise thee, I'll be thine ever
For true love like ours can ne'er decay
Come tae me saying ye'll leave me never
An I promise ye lassie that I will stay.

There is nae reason for me tae turn away,
Have we nae proved love often and well
Why are ye scared an nae willing tae stay
Without ye my life would turn intae hell
Or let us live an love each day tae day
Until in Heaven we will finally dwell
The ultimate place where we can play.

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On Waking

I woke with your breath upon my lips
And those soft lips awakening mine
With pleasure taken from that eclipse
That finally lead to moments so divine.
The encounter from those hours now dips
Them in a more savoury flavoured wine
That now woken I taste upon those lips.

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Questions of Love Answered

Enjoy the mystery that the moon inspires,
Walk down paths where you haven't been
Perhaps that will help ignite some fires
Where true love and peace may be seen
And may also satiate your bodies' desires.
Some moonlight walks can reveal a scene
To where all soul love aspires.

Even though you paint a thousand acts
That will cover over a million deeds
And write an eternity of loving tracks
Until the final days are fulfilled needs.
Loves permutations are full of contrasts
Love spirals down like wind blown seeds
And only fate is aware how long it lasts.

You must take your heart in your hand
Surrendering all to love completely
In return it may offer all that you demand
Creating your life and dreams so sweetly
Or change things in way never planned
Providing happy solutions so neatly
At least leaving you able to understand.

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Usual Dung

Love is wasted on the young
As is many other lovely things.
Too impatient and quick with tongue
To appreciate what true love brings
As they climb casually up each rung
One small slip and their telephone rings
Asking to extract them from the dung.

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Waking Sky

Who has not enjoyed the midnight sky
Breathing freely in it's warm autumn air
Had not feelings like possessed of flight
And felt free wind blow through their hair?
Been entranced looking at stars on high
And aroused feelings, becoming aware
That to be without you I would rather die

Who's not revelled under the midnight sky
Listening entranced by the singing stars
With the full silvered moon smiling on high
And flapping shadows cast by sleeping galahs?
Creating a magic winds with a silken sigh
The moon in Venus lighting the morn is ours
And with a smile waves us goodbye.

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Zero Promises

Who has not enjoyed the midnight sky
Breathing freely in it's warm autumn air
Had not feelings like possessed of flight
And felt free wind blow through their hair?
Been entranced looking at stars on high
And aroused feelings, becoming aware
That to be without you I would rather die

Who's not revelled under the midnight sky
Listening entranced by the singing stars
With the full silvered moon smiling on high
And flapping shadows cast by sleeping galahs?
Creating a magic winds with a silken sigh
The moon in Venus lighting the morn is ours
And with a smile waves us goodbye.

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Leny Roovers



Insanity

Our sunny Queen's Day's festive mood is gone.
Four dead, five more still struggle for their life;
when people were struck down, fell on the lawn,
one moment of insanity brought strife.
Aiming to hit our Royals, sense withdrawn,
a car cut through the crowd like a sharp knife.
Blood paints the pavement- four will see no dawn.

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Mirrors

I'm looking in my mirror to connect
once more with whom I know I really am.
I feel at ease with what my eyes reflect,
as peace within accepts, does not condemn.
Though life has known its ups and downs, respect
and gratefulness are my most precious gems,
the love I see flows freely and unchecked.

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Thoughts

My thoughts are caught within a winding maze
where thorny hedges try to catch my frock.
What happened to those bright and sunny days,
when even with closed eyes, I safely walked?
The evening air is chilling, gone's the blaze
of summer love that opened secret locks;
a pale blue moon sends down her pallid rays.

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Weeding

As fingers search and follow hidden roots,
I feel each little knot upon its trail;
thin filaments escape and find new routes
to strangle tender plants- so growth might fail.
Unearthing bishop's weed, I remove shoots,
protect young saplings that are still too frail
to withstand creepers, before they'll bear fruit.

The earth is dark and soft, holds life within;
it smells of wood and bark, long since decayed.
I feel the coolness of an earth-worm's skin-
disturbed by weeding, he escaped my spade.
I watch as tiny creatures curl and spin-
at least two dozen little legs parade
towards the upturned soil, saved from the bin.

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Nia Wynne



Hound of Love

Wandering where I only wish to wander
With the love I've found in Eons black seas,
Passing ever onward, racing faster,
The hound marks out loves infinity
On swift breezes, sensing oceans master,
No sweeter times are but moments that flee
Yet remain in thoughts of us and hours.

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Lion of Time

Wind buffets and sun glares all around
While the lion of time marches through, soundless
Paws making their passage traceless, unfound.
Clouds swiftly fly and with their passing bless
The heavens, painting white crowns,
Capturing every hue of nature's dress.
Leo watches as love becomes the hound.

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