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2017 Poetry Form Challenge

#01

The Trijan Refrain, was created by Jan Turner and consists of three 9-line stanzas, a total of 27 lines. Line 1 is usually the same in all three stanzas, although a variation of the form is not to repeat that same line with each stanza. The first four syllables of line 5 in each stanza are repeated as the double-refrain for lines 7 and 8.
The Trijan Refrain is a rhyming poem with a set meter and rhyme scheme as follows:
x. x. x. x. x. x. x. a.
x. x. x. x. x b.
x. x. x. x. x. x. x. a.
x. x. x. x. x. b.
R. R. R. R. x. x. x. c.
x. x. x. x. x. x. x. c.
R. R. R. R.
R. R. R. R.
x. x. x. x. x. x. x. c.

Here is an example by it's creator.
Sweet Destiny

Oh destiny, sweet destiny,
Come silent in the night,
And teach my spirit how to see
Within tomorrow’s light.
I know I’ll strive to do what’s best
For humankind’s eternal quest...
I know I’ll strive
I know I’ll strive
Oh destiny, to meet the test!

Oh destiny, sweet destiny,
Through many lives I’ve known
You’ve been the voice that shadows me
To guide me as I’ve grown.
Each day I learn from memory
Of former selves that set me free...
Each day I learn
Each day I learn
To cultivate a better me.

Oh destiny, sweet destiny,
As all my years unfold,
My soul is all it's meant to be
From prophecies of old.
The time is close when I’ll embark
That road to make my final mark...
The time is close
The time is close
To meet fate's light within the dark.

Copyright © 2006 Jan Turner


Trijan Refrain Challenge Replies

Maryse Achong

It's Raining

Kathy Anderson

Chary Heart
No More
Standing Still
Warmer Times

Terry Clitheroe

And the Word
Eternity Visited
How Must I
Impatience Looses
Le Chiavi Per La Vita
No Pregunte El Amore
Out of a Void
Peace From a Forest Pool
Question
Ribbons
Totality
What Is This Thing
Xenobiotic
Zeb (PTSD)

Jem Farmer

The Dance of Life

Divena Collins

Desirous Dreams
Destined Love
Jesu Joy
Paradise Found
Prayer
Quiet Please
Test of Time
Unforgettable Love

Ryter Roethicle

Everything

Khia Taylor

Porcelain and Paint

Noreen Whittaker

A Knights Love



Maryse Achong

It's Raining

The rains at long last came last night
The island heaved a mighty sigh
And though today the sun is bright
It seems the rainy season’s nigh.
We have to hope that there won’t be
That flooding we get annually
We have to hope
We have to hope
That everything will go smoothly.

The rains at long last came last night
The trees and plants are in their glee
It seems the mountains are not quite
As parched as they were formerly.
Time will confirm if that is so
It won’t be long before we know
Time will confirm
Time will confirm
If the rains stay or if they go.

The rains at long last came last night
The showers fell most everywhere
And they were enough to excite
Because the drought had been severe.
We give thanks now and offer praise,
Look forward to more rainy days
We give thanks now
We give thanks now
Even if it’s a passing phase.

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Kathy Anderson

Chary Heart

Careful now to keep all my thoughts
Sparing of love, not rash.
Caring to place my soul as I ought
In a strong box, like cash.
Caged is my mind, no sun
Could it be that it runs
To a strong box
To a strong box
So love can never be won.

Careful now to keep all my thoughts
Reckless though they sway toward you,
Shunning the ecstasy of touches once sought
Put away ideas of two
Choosing instead to sever
Thoughts of us forever
Put away such ideas
Put away such ideas
That caressing may cause no fever.

Careful now to keep all my thoughts
Saved for that rainy day.
Not picking a lost cause for naught,
That two should remain free today
Fastidiously separate
Unbound by Fate.
That two stay free
That two stay free
A strong box for each soul mate

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No More

Butterflies wings are no more free
Forgetful how to guide
Through storms of pathos without glee,
Recalling loves denied,
Only Eros can abide times
Of flaming passions ruling climes
Only Eros can
Only Eros can
Burn his wings with midnights crimes.

Butterflies wings are no more free
They've been afraid to tear
When fates winds blow too far to see
Just where they'll go isn't clear,
But then I see, just over there
Somewhere where light and dark compare
but then I see
But then I see
A form coming through misty air.

Butterflies wings are no more free
To fly away from fear,
But keeps my spirits lock and key
Away from sight like deer,
Violins shall play somehow now
For eternity shows hearts now,
Violins shall play
Violins shall play,
Butterfly wings will show me how!

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Standing Still

In a long white dress she waits
Waiting and watching every sun set
Every sun rise and each new moon at her gate.
Gate of summer opens new nets
A net of new hopes to guide her,
Perhaps her once in a lifetime love will occur.
A net of new hopes
A net of new hopes
All that is wished for becomes sure.

In a long white dress she waits
Wondering and wishing upon a bright star
For her white knight, to find their fate.
Though he traveled to her from afar
She hoped he would stay to be held
To hold hands until their eyes welled,
She hoped he'd stay
She hoped he'd stay
In every age ans season bespelled.

In a long white dress she waits
Wanting to wear a lacy veil
So her love would someday be a true date.
Someone to have, hold and reveal
All the dreams held fast in her heart,
All the joys to share and happiness to impart.
All the dreams held
All the dreams held
Knowing you were the one from the start.

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Warmer Times

There have been seasons of warmth,
Climes changed with winds
Winds and seasons change to rebirth
From earth or stars designed,
Designed or by Fate love warms us
By warming our soul it adjusts,
Designed or by Fate
Designed or by Fate
Souls alter by way of trusts.

infrared footprints in the sand
Heated by lovers there
Impassioned hearts beating the land,
Beaches taken as fair
Places where warmer times have come
To the crux of loves tides begun
Beaches taken
Beaches taken
To the zenith of flames won.

There have been seasons of true love
Enduring turbulence of Fate
Forever changing the same dove
Shading her white wings, oblated
Until clouds part, their doors
Open to let sunshine in scores
Until clouds part
Until clouds part
Many warmer times are in store.

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Terry Clitheroe

And The Word

"And the word became flesh" John 1:14.

Each morn I hear the birds call out
And envy them their life
There is no fear there is no doubt
Certainly, there’s no strife.
Avian banter from tree to tree
Is this what paradise could be
Avian banter
Avian banter
There's no finer sound you will agree.

Each morn I hear the birds call out
Wake up! Wake up mortal!
Watch us as we gather and fly about
Arise from your pedestal
You are not Gods you cannot fly
You are human, live in envy
You are not Gods
You are not Gods
All you can do is watch on high

Each morn I hear the birds call out
You're nothing but a man
I bow my head hearing their shout
Not understanding Fate's plan
I'm not a God, I'm not a bird
Being a man is being absurd
I'm not a God
I'm not a God
I'm a result of "The Word".

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Eternity Visited

The black trees in my minds corner
Rancid with the fruit of death
Corruption and the smell of sulphur
The stench forms on my breath.
I feel the worms tear and butcher
How long will this take I wonder
I feel the worms
I feel the worms
With every life this will occur.

The black trees in my minds corner
The soil takes me to her
There will never be a mourner
As flesh unites with earth
I will return I wonder when
With each end a new life begins
I will return
I will return
Why must I start all over again.

The black trees in my minds corner
Where there is nothing left
Yet I can how can I confer
Is it some sort of theft?
My soul's alive, thoughts are free
There still exists a part of me
My soul's alive
My soul's alive
And will be for eternity.

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How Must I?

And now how must I greet the morn
You came to me as a dream
Will my dreams now fit the dawn,
As part of my fates scheme?
Because of dreams I came to you
Are you the future that I view
Because of dreams
Because of dreams
Life moved on and grew and grew.

And now how must I greet the morn
There's no doubt in my mind
No other passion to which I'm torn
I look and you I find.
You are my life, my futures plan
You're my future, I am your man
You are my life
You are my life
Our future together just began.

And now how must I greet the morn
I look and see you smile
You walked with me from our dawn
I know it's all worthwhile
To Nirvana together we climb
We have a love that's so sublime
To Nirvana
To Nirvana
Love that'll grow even more with time.

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Impatience Looses

Heat haze covers the dusking city.
The fumes off cars and trucks
Are adding to the misery
Drivers complain, it sucks
Impatience wins, some drivers say
But patient ones get home anyway
Impatience wins
Impatience wins
Ignoring that they'll have to pay.

Heat haze covers the dusking city,
But this morning 'twas mist
Hiding the rising sun, mores the pity
It's a sight I can't resist.
Good morning sun that greets the day
And drivers pause as if to say,
Good morning Sun.
Good morning Sun
And he grins back, "Enjoy your day".

Heat haze covers the dusking city,
'Tis not often like this
If you really look it's so pretty
So much of it exists.
Impatience loses, nothing is seen
The road ahead, now's where you've been
Impatience loses.
Impatience loses
There's A and B, naught in-between.

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Le Chiavi Per La Vita

All of you know each life is clay
Deeds mould your clay of life
Flung on the wheel so casually
Your fingers shape through strife
The clay of life is what you are
On that wheel you can travel far
The clay of life
The clay of life
Does not provide a guiding star.

All of you know each life is clay
Form it and you will see
That when you shape and press one way
What you shape is the key
The key to life is in your hands
And how you react to life's demands
The key to life
The key to life
It's at the end one understands.

All of you know each life is clay
Fire the kiln, clay will set.
What have you made of life today
Have you reduced fates debt?
What has been made of life to date
An upward path to Heavens gate?
What has been made
What has been made
Will you be treated well by Fate?

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No Pregunte el Amor

Don't question love, look in its eyes
There you will see the truth.
Ignore all the hot lustful sighs
They're just the signs of youth.
Hot panting breath is proof of lust
Without love there can be no trust.
Hot panting breath
Hot panting breath
You wake up filled with disgust.

Don't question love, look in its eyes
Not wanting to look away
Tells you the limit is the skies
Knowing it's yours to stay.
Each tender kiss follows another
And nights of bliss you'll discover
Each tender kiss
Each tender kiss
Will tell you there is no other.

Don't question love, look in its eyes
Years have passed in love
You realise true love never dies
And you know the meaning of…
You share a soul all eternity
That's what fate chose should be
You share a soul
You share a soul
Together in Nirvana there we'll be.

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Out of a Void

Out of a void our love has grown
A cosmic speck of grain
Out of nothing a seed was sown
Creating loves domain.
Not wood or steel, or brick or stone
A pulsing heart, and flesh and bone
Not wood or steel.
Not wood or steel
But of love, to protect and warm.

Out of a void our love has grown
From space you've won my heart
But somehow fate has always known
You and I play a part.
The world is ours, but not for show
Just to allow our souls to grow
The world is ours.
The world is ours
But no one else will ever know.

Out of a void our love has grown
From space you've won my soul
Time or distance can never own
How two became a whole
My life, my love is now for thee
It is what fate willed to be
My life, my love.
My life, my love
Will be for all eternity.

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Peace From a Forest Pool

See the Sun's rays flickering through
A silent lush green forest
With sprinkling pillars of golden hue
Music from an avian chorus.
The insects like smoke invade the sight
Then suddenly disappear but not their bite
The insects like smoke
The insects like smoke
And the birds leave also as if their rite.

The mist shrouds fern and grass with dew
Silent as night life goes to sleep.
The next shift needs takes on a life anew
For a while there's silence so deep.
Blessed peace reigns here in this everglade
Waiting to see what the new day's made
Blessed peace reigns
Blessed peace reigns
Sun's rays flickering through the glade.

Getting warmer as morning has her way
Lily-pad borders fingers spread
Showing the cool pool air silent today
Tinting the pool from white to red.
The mind is open as peace now reigns
A blessing from nature that now remains
The mind is open
The mind is open
This heavenly gift of Nature's domains.

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Question

My mind cannot hide what it thinks
Moments of love with you.
Two souls with ethereal links
And a Heavenly view.
You have my soul, now two is one
Did we realise what we'd begun
You have my soul
You have my soul
Our love can never be undone.

My mind cannot hide what it thinks
See the look in your eyes
And from that look my soul now drinks
There's no need for disguise.
There are no rules and no demands
I hold your face within my hands
There are no rules
There are no rules
Excepting what our hearts command.

My mind cannot hide what it thinks
You've become part of me.
We both now share the same instincts
Aware now what will be
My one regret it took so long.
I'm now singing a different song
My one regret
My one regret
I finally know where I belong.

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Ribbons

Silver ribbons cover Uluru
Her once red rock is dull
Tourists sighting a rarer view
With passing clouds now full.
Ayers Rock is gone, covered by rain
No-longer to be seen the same
Ayers Rock is gone
Ayers Rock is gone
Largest rock on the desert plain.

Silver ribbons cover Uluru
No longer red and proud
And to Ayers Rock bid adieu
Hidden in murky clouds.
Shout Uluru its proper name
The owners have it back again
Shout Uluru!
Shout Uluru!
Don't treat any of us with distain.

Silver ribbons cover Uluru
The Cyclone went that far
Number of times is very few
You know what cyclones are
Shout Uluru enjoy the rain,
It is a gift it is a gain
Shout Uluru!
Shout Uluru!
It is a blessing there's no pain.

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Totality

Everything you hear becomes a memory
You hear your lover speak
Her words create such festivities
That is when love first peaks.
A sonata of loving sounds
Listen as your lovers call rebounds
A sonata
A sonata
Realising that love knows no bounds.

Everything you hear becomes a memory
Hearing your baby's first cry
At first you think it's a melody
Then it demands, you supply.
And on it goes, forever it seems
Night filled with your broken dreams
And on it goes
And on it goes
You find there are other regimes.

Everything you hear becomes a memory
"We want to get married"
Those words shatter your revelry
And start feeling harried.
You have found peace it's all gone quiet
The absence of noise an end of riot
You have found peace
You have found peace
Your sound memories become a diet.

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What Is This Thing

What is this thing we call a soul
I cannot see, nor feel
Yet without it I am not whole
You tell me that it's real.
Standing, watching my life unfold
It's pointless waiting to be told
Standing, watching
Standing, watching
Will gather mould, working finds gold

What is this thing we call a soul
Nothings gained seated.
Especially when you want control
Lying means you're defeated.
Giving your best, you never lose
You might not win, just points of views
Giving your best'
Giving your best
Doesn't need to give an excuse.

What is this thing we call a soul
As Fate winds in her reel
It seems inevitable after all
Waiting for Her to deal
With heat and wax she makes a seal
It's just wasting time to appeal
With heat and wax
With heat and wax
Your path is set, it's so surreal.

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Xenobiotic, a Protest

I have found myself, not that I was lost
I was tangled in the web of life
The spider of that life made me pay the cost
In time I was able to use a knife
To cut myself free and get back on my path.
That disdainful breath of Fate and her wrath
To cut myself free
To cut myself free
Its winter but I must stand the aftermath.

I have found myself, not that I was lost
I was an alien in a foreign land
In an icy world with an eternal frost
Emotionless everything was planned
Smiles were sought and friendship bought
Is love simply an expensive thought?
Smiles were sought
Smiles were sought
But love came and went 'twas all for nought.

I have found myself, not that I was lost
Power and politics control our life
Again today I thought about all the cost.
The cost of oil, terrorism and strife.
Global warming, ozone layers and such.
There's all that flooding not leaving much
Global warming
Global warming
Politics is losing its tenuous touch.

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Zeb (PTSD)

He is alone in a city of millions
Ignoring he's there at all
His not meeting their expectations
Is faced with a sea of walls.
They are ignorant of his wartime deeds
And he is alone because of those needs
They are ignorant
They are ignorant
No-one caring how he proceeds.

Holding a bottle his escape from Hell
Solace for his poor troubled soul.
A small pension buys bottles of moselle
His need of grog seeks to fill the hole
What kind of pride of stops him tell.
Including odd nights in a police cell
What kind of pride
What kind of pride
People walk past whinging at his smell

He feels asking for help is for the weak
Their voices make a grating sound.
In ignorance it is not help that he seeks.
Only that he needs to be found.
Before it's too late, he needs our aid
Somewhere a decision must be made
Before it's too late
Before it's too late
Its time our debts to him were paid.

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Divena Collins

Desirous Dreams

Come softly unto to me my lover
Gently hold me to thy chest
I know there shalt not be another
Thou beloved art my quest
I dream in awe since we first met
This feeling inside, my heart is set,
I dream in awe
I dream in awe
Thy tender love shalt ne-er forget.

Come softly unto me my lover,
Draw me close to thy heart.
And we two shalt soon discover,
We can never break apart
The way we are meant to be,
Both togetherjust you and me,
The way we are
The way we are,
Loving each other tenderly.

Come softly unto me my lover.
Barefoot thro` the sands
Our love shall ne`er be over
As we wade hand in hand
Within this destiny shall perceive
Spiritual guidance we both believe
Within this destiny,
Within this destiny
Thus desirous dreams receive.

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Destined Love

Our destiny hath now spoken
And is not meant to be ,
My heart hath now been broken
There is no thee and me,
It was our love whilst it lasted
Sweetened wine we hath tasted
It was our love
It was our love
How hast this love been wasted .

Our destiny hath now spoken
Why lovers have to part,
Our passion was a gifted token
Betwixt two loving hearts
It was to be counted upon
Feelings were hurt and forlorn
It was to be
It was to be
A broken love, that was gone .

Our destiny hath now spoken
The tears begin to flow,
For dreams have now awoken,
Only memories to show
The love shall live that we shared
No regrets for we both cared
The love shall live
The love shall live
For spirits art now prepared.

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Jesu Joy Of Mans Desiring

Angelic voices thro` meadows fair
Drifting softly unto my ear
I hear them, there is no one there ,
Yet I know they were here.
In my minds eye, had I sensed wrong
This beautiful Angelic choral song,
In my minds eye,
In my minds eye
Tranquil rural meadows they belong.

Angelic voices thro` meadows fair,
Images with music appears,
Dreaming within nature to share
Music that moves to tears.
The power of thought in our mind
Intensifies imagination defined
The power of thought
The power of thought
A more colourful outlook we find.

Angelic voices thro` meadows fair
A choral in praise of love
Enhancing beauty already there
Blessed by heaven above
Jesu joy of man desires let it be
Songs of the sky, land and the sea
Jesu Joy Of Man
Jesu Joy Of Man
Beauty of land let it all be free.

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Paradise Found

Paradise would just be a name
If I was without my love.
Your the one that lights the flame,
The moon and stars above,
I love you when you hold me near
Whisper sweet words in my ear.
I love you so
I love you so.
My love for you is held so dear.

Paradise would just be a name
If I wasnt in your arms
Nothing much would be the same
Without your loving charms,
You are the one, that I love as such
And when I yearn to feel your touch
You are the one
You are the one,
Oh man of my dreams, I love you much

Paradise would just be a name,
Without a you and me,
True lovers we both became
Oh darling cant you see,
This love of ours is paradise found
In perfect harmony we are bound
This love of ours
This love of ours
Echos of fantasies are so profound

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A Prayer

I pray dear Lord, please answer me,
My lover I shall keep,
We carved our names upon a tree
If I lose him I shall weep
He`s gone to march in foreign lands
Not by choice his quest commands.
He`s gone to march
He`s gone to march
As a soldier on the desert sand.

I pray dear Lord, please answer me
Guide him thro` his plight
Return to me come hear my plea
If thee exists this night ,
I prayed aloud as I wiped a tear
Had he ever experienced fear?
I prayed aloud
I prayed aloud
For I would hold his memory near.

I pray dear Lord, please answer me,
Is he up there with you
Does his spirit rise wild and free
Beyond the sky of blue
My memories clear I felt his love
His spirit beyond the sky above
My memories clear
My memories clear
I shalt cherish forever thereof.

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Quiet Please

It happens to me every time
I have to close my eyes,
For everytime I venture online
To me its no surprise,
I fall asleep, cant stay awake
At six p.m for goodness sake,
I fall asleep
I fall asleep.
Cannot stay awake to partake

It happens to me every time,
Always been the same
Its nobodys fault but mine
Only myself to blame,
In sweet repose I surrender
I`m my own worse contender
In sweet repose
In sweet repose
I snore so am no pretender.

It happens to me every time.
Resistance is very low
I can`t stay awake to rhyme
So to sleep I have to go.
So please be quiet I have to rest
I want to awaken full of zest
So please be quiet
So please be quiet
Require to be more refreshed.

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The Test Of Time

How when you say that you love me
Do I know it is true
That you and I will always be
I know that I love you,
As time goes by shall we feel
This love we have is for real...
As time goes by
As time goes by
Deep in our eyes shall reveal.

How when you say that you love me,
Do you know for sure
When once you were fancy free
And I was then pure,
I did know then I would agree,
To combine both our destiny...
I did know then .
I did know then
You and I were meant to be.

How when you say that you love me,
With all of your heart,
When you whispered to me gently
We shall never depart.
This love shall grow time will tell
The way we are, can only excel...
This love shall grow
This love shall grow
Within two hearts forever dwell

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Unforgettable Love

There has never been a day gone by,
I havent thought of you
When you laughed then so did I ,
You cried then I did too,
We were both young and carefree then,
I never dreamed we would meet again,
We were both young
We were both young,
Never serious just a little insane.

There has never been a day gone by
I hadn`t wished you here
Thought of you and breathed a sigh,
Just needed you to be near.
I cared for you then, as I do this day
My love for you did not fade away
I cared for you
I cared for you
What more could I do then but pray.

There has never been a day gone by
You were adorably mine,
I remember when both you and I
Had moments of love divine,
I loved you then, like I did all along
Again we may sing the same old song
I loved you then
I loved you then.
Where my love, did we both go wrong.

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Jem Farmer

The Dance of Life

From winter’s death comes spring’s new life,
when day equals the night.
The Lord returns to seek His wife,
our Goddess of light.
And breezes stir as life renews
across the land in vibrant hues,
and breezes stir,
and breezes stir,
the blossoming springtime views.

The dance of life, of stems and stalks
emerging from the land.
So life returns where Nature walks
and leaves Her loving hand.
Her Mother’s touch upon the Earth,
a spiritual rebirth,
Her Mother’s touch,
Her Mother’s touch,
we celebrate with joyous mirth.

As buds, begin to burst open
and leaves on trees unfurl,
in shallow lands and mountain glen
the feast is in full swirl.
The Goddess brings Her love today
Ostara blessings as we pray,
The Goddess brings,
The Goddess brings,
Her precious love to light our way.

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Ryter Roethical

Everything

Everything you hear becomes a memory
You hear your lover speak
Her words create such festivities
That is when love first peaks.
A sonata of loving sounds
Listen as your lovers call rebounds
A sonata
A sonata
Realising that love knows no bounds.

Everything you hear becomes a memory
Hearing your baby’s first cry
At first you think it’s a melody
Then it demands, you supply.
And on it goes, forever it seems
Night filled with your broken dreams
And on it goes
And on it goes
You find there are other regimes.

Everything you hear becomes a memory
“We want to get married”
Those words shatter your revelry
And start feeling harried.
You have found peace it’s all gone quiet
The absence of noise an end of riot
You have found peace
You have found peace
Your sound memories become a diet.

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Khia Taylor

Porcelain and Paint

My face is all you want to see
just porcelain and paint,
with lips that never disagree
nor breathe the least complaint.
I wear this mask and hide inside
authentic things that you deride-
I wear this mask
I wear this mask
and sigh- for now, I will abide.

My face is all you want to see
two eyes that never blink,
you gaze at me expectantly
to shine but not to think.
I seethe inside when I conform
and squeeze to fit into the norm-
I seethe inside
I seethe inside
a banshee, I, a raging storm.

My face is all you want to see
beyond you take no note,
the curtain drawn, your devotee
but how long will you dote?
This golden child will one day wake
her prison mask will dull and break-
this golden child
this golden child
rejecting all that made her ache.

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Noreen Whittaker

Armoured Love

A Lady fair in past times of old
In Ancient days of Knights,
Deep in love in a bards rose bed
In the castle grounds yon night
A bold brave knight was her fellow
Quiet spoken he'd never bellow
A bold brave knight
A bold brave knight
Who made her feel oh so mellow.

Romance lay deep amidst the roses,
With nobody else around,
Where he did court her so avidly
True love was to be found.
She was promised to him one night
A gentleman doing all that was right
She was promised
She was promised
'Twas he had won her hand alright

In days of old when knights were bold
And Ladies were in favour
Was much the same as is today told
But all the pains were labour.
To bear no ills of grace this night.
He promised his all as well he might
To bear no ills
To bear no ills
Soon they'll be together as is right.

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