2017 Poetry Form Challenge

#25 Italian Octave

This octave consists of two italian quatrains and was well used by Petrarch in his poetry. It had no set form or line length then and was used as a vehicle for his poems including his sonnets. Later Spenser formalised it to Iambic Pentameter, although modern poets prefer to just stick to pentameter. The original suggested pattern is:
a. b. b. a. a. b. b. a.
Nature #1

Knowing that soon its time will come
Each plant lives and dies, and so, and so,
Its own nourishment helps it grow.
The next generation will then become
A viable life and then in turn succumb.
Bound tight together for support
Flourishing with life on high and low
The life before, setting the epitome.

Ryter Roethicle
The problem with this form is that unlike Italian, English is not a naturally rhyming language and over the centuries, as the language patterns changed poets laboured over the rhyme pattern, to not make it look forced, or too birthday cardish when the modern expedient is simply to add two Italian Quatrains and come up with:
a. b. b. a. c. d. d. c.
Nature #2

Given any chance at all new life begins
Growing, forming, shaping adapting to strife
This is the challenge Nature puts on life.
It thrives and shapes and lives and fits within
Each plant mutates and has adapted so
And every year with the start of Natures round
On looking close a new shoot is found
Having laid for months asleep in snow.

Ryter Roethicle


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Terry Clitheroe

Awareness
Because of You
Fireside Dreaming
Give all to Love
Love Lingers
Nuovo Viaggia
Photograph
Question
Reality
Somewhere
Truthfuness
Xtremes
Yesterday
Zenith

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Terry Clitheroe

Awareness

I know I watched the sea a long time today,
Watching patterns in the swells constantly change
In doing so see the patterns in the sand rearrange
Matching each wave movement like a child at play.
Each seventh wave more powerful than the rest
Dashing then crashing down onto the dark sand
Like a conquering warrior trying to gain land
Then the white foamy retreat having tried her best.

It goes on in sunlight and all night by moonlight
This constant attack and retreat, high tide, low tide
Where the sea and the land constantly collide.
A mating ritual where two lovers must ever unite.
Sometimes with the waning moon a gentle swive
And gentle winds caress the waves onto the land.
Sometimes see the white foam crashing on the sand
As if proving to her lover, she's well and truly alive.



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Because of You

My nights have brightened because of you
Still boring days of a more mundane task
Showing a happy-go-lucky carefree mask
With heart thumping till you come into view.
Then all is well and settled with the world
And my heart becomes light, I smile again
From the madness of doubt I emerge sane
As once again our lives become unfurled.



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Fireside Dreaming.

Would'st thou nestle by my fireside,
Needs that I be your beacon in the night
Your lighthouse or just a shining light
Or would thou prefer in the dark to hide?
I offer you warmth staying by my side
Instead of that cold harsh white sight
A warmth of which will your soul ignite
As in your lovers arms you chose abide.

As we sit here let me feed thee sweetmeats,
But not sweets or food of the fattening kind.
Not of sugar nor a flour by man refined,
Nay my love I would offer you better treats.
A kiss or more from thy lips most surely beats
All that, and after one sweet kiss we'll find
Some more, and after find our love redefined
And to build love depends on what one eats.



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Give all to Love

There's no secret, there's nought bizarre
Give all yourself, and love's returned.
Do not hold back, do not be concerned
Just place your desire into life's jar.
There's no challenge, no call from afar
For true love sets its mark to all
And all lovers hearken to its call.
Give all to love and follow your star.

Tonight our love reached out so far.
Yet I am reminded there is nothing,
Nothing we cannot do with loving
For each time we love, we raise the bar.
Each time we give it's returned as par
Or better, proving loving is giving.
Love is the best of all adventuring,
Give all to love, and follow your star.



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Love Lingers

The piper plays, and then each part allots
He lingers awhile, but not reluctantly so
It is free to you and I, to come and go
In staying back we're tied in tender knots.
Feeling trembles when we kiss this way
Music has stirred the feeling in our breast
And those tender touches do all the rest
Matched with looks that bid each other to stay.



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Moonlight

Moonlight is the bringer of your dreams
Pouring fantasies through the window
With the wind whispering soft and low
Enhancing with its sighs all the schemes
You shall plan in order to win your love.
Seducing him with more simple ways
Oft times in the end much better pays
Ending with promises through all above.



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Nuovo Viaggio

Soft winds blow o'er moonlit sheets of green
Highlighting darker paths of what was brown,
Leading from what was a familiar town,
To an unknown future, and places yet unseen.
Clouds silently manoeuvre and reset the scene
And doubt enters the mind and on the face a frown
Replaces carefree smile as rain suddenly beats down.
Swiftly removing pictures of what could have been.

What was promise now seems lost in all the rain
A feeling that hopes and dreams have washed away
All chances to start anew at the start to this day,
Creating more fear to walk on this new path again.
But come the morn, a new sight will be seen,
With once dull pastures shiny, refreshed withal
Once drought starved trees again standing tall
As strong winds blow o'er sunlit sheets of green.



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Photograph

I sit here and look at your photo again
I'm reminded of how my life has been
Until recent merely a poor love scene
But now its strong there is no strain
Out of madness you've made me sane
My previous life has been so mean
A brighter side through you I've seen
You have proved our love's not in vain.



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Question

Would'st thou nestle by my fireside,
Needs that I be your beacon in the night
Your lighthouse or just a shining light
Or would thou prefer in the dark to hide?
I offer you warmth staying by my side
Instead of that cold harsh white sight
A warmth of which will your soul ignite
As in your lovers arms you chose abide.



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Reality

There is a silent song, soft as tear drops
Slow as the rain poised at my fingertips
Ready to be played in soft wordily snips
In words of beauty, that my muse just pops
Such as morality and sexuality
Written out in verse under the same light
Whose touches only come in visions at night
And speaks one word to me, "Reality"



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Somewhere

Somewhere between not there and halfway
My life was like a parade and carried on.
Somewhere between half full and gone
There was a grey zone where I lived each day.
Somewhere we met and then I went astray
Planning a future we could live upon.
Somewhere between then and now we saw the dawn
Leaving the moon, seeing the sun leading our way.

Somewhere between not there and halfway
After the parade was stood down, I was nowhere
I had no-one for whom I should care
You left, but came back. I had to find a way
I had to find a way that would make you stay
Fate had set her challenge, I knew I had to dare
Somewhere between then and now you learned to care
Now I have you, and you’ll never go away.



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Truthfulness

There is a silent song, soft as tear drops
Slow as the rain poised at my fingertips
Ready to be played in soft wordily snips
In words of beauty, that my muse just pops
Such as morality and sexuality
Written out in verse under the same light
Whose touches only come in visions at night
And speaks one word to me, "Truthfulness"



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Xtremes

Oh Love, doest thou know thy brother Hate?
Nay! Please realise that he remembers thee;
For no matter how ignorant thou dost be,
His knowledge of thee could never dissipate.
And shouldst thou seek, perchance, to expiate,
Or wish to make amends for past inclemency
Whilst thou art modest, forgiving in thy decency
He was never ever known to mitigate.



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Yesterday

Yesterday I was the sun that saw you swim nude,
Then smile at my warmth as I dried your skin.
Yesterday I teased your hair, I was a wind.
And lifted your skirts high, and your mood
Yesterday as a river I held your breasts in reflection,
You whispered secrets to the woman behind.
Yesterday I was a branch your thighs entwined
My leaves are richer having known your perfection.



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Zenith

A perfume splash on ivory mounds,
Or between, or there, where blush wine
And colours melt swirling shapes divine,
Creating heartbeats and throbbing pounds.
Thighs brush, whispers, a deeper voice
Stockings discard, and scented winds drift
Across shimmering pools, in passioned shift
Moon glow colours become the loving choice.

Lips shining in candle light gloss
Promising eyes, soft with capture,
Wish a lovers hand tiptoeing there,
Making goose bumps rise on ribs emboss,
Tickle belly sides, and soft spoke tips
Feather breath warmth, voiceless words
Spoken by those eyes with shining chords
Until final mews of pleasure from those lips.



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