2020 Poetry Form Challenge
#24 Rime Royal
This sonnet form is believed to be of Italian origin, and by removing the fifth line appears to be a modified Ottava Rima by reducing it to a seven line stanza of three rhymes, arranged with a rhyme scheme of; a. b. a. b. b. c. c.; the unison of the two stanza's will construct a lovely sonnet form.
It seems probable that the inventor of this stanza was Geoffrey Chaucer, who had many compositions using this form, of which the following is an example:
Rime Royal Sonnet Challenge
arms of love have reached and found
embracing through the ages
all hearts who've loved the sound
of mother voice like healing sages
writ upon memories lasting pages,
she that has always been there
thereupon the moon and suns glare
are dimmed under willow branches green
seen by Fae or in chipmunks stare,
eyes glint a knowing not lost in sheen
of dewy morning ferns gossamer fair
a fair dawn in misted bowers care,
the mother, maiden, and crone remains
through eons unchanged save for her names.
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Comforted only by this semi darkness
As hypnotic flickering candles shine
How could my life be such a mess
Now I sit here alone drinking my wine
Silently remembering an earlier time.
Reminiscing about those midnight kisses
That mountain of love now a deep abyss.
Is fantasy just another world of lies
Can we truly love in this crazy world?
What is laughter but the start of sighs
Sighs and tears as truth is unfurled.
Or is it lies dreary dancing past us whirled?
I tried to talk to you and make amends
But you won't talk, so how can we be friends?
Scarlet waves of clouds madly drifting by me
Forming a long sonorous threatening chain
Gravity rolling them on noisily to infinity.
A dingo howls on the nearby grassy plain
Before retiring to the shadows once again.
Then flashes of light crash down from the skies
I see it reflected in that scared creature's eyes.
Not stalking me, instead it's genuinely afraid
As fear's overcomes its desire for a prize.
I realise for comfort towards me it's made.
Lightning flashes again in its dazzled eyes
Its time man and beast came to a compromise
As nuzzle meets palm and friendship is made
Permanent under that heavenly cascade.
Cacophony of Time
Hear you this rhyme and its journey
The glorious colour confusion found.
Hear you about time and its cacophony
You cast a rich dark colourful sound
Through pain, and joy, darkness commands.
Aged eyes see colours now with lesser tint
Looking back wondering where time went.
Parsleys rage, Rosemary's lost time
Listening to sirens and burglar alarms
Regretting indiscretions and anti-social crime
Like speeding offences escaping by smarms
And flattering police and using your charms
Now sixty years old and no longer a beauty
You have to compromise with gentle acuity.
Days Will Come
The days will come the days will go
The hands of time move on and on
The years will pass not fast nor slow
Counting weeks as they pass anon
Eternity's silver torch has shone
And in due time our love will grow
The days will come the days will go
At the end of time when all is gone
The suns have died, there's only snow
Our souls will smile having lived on
Our love outlasted the world below
We'll sit on our star our Love will glow
Who knows with time what it's begun
At the end of time when all is gone?
Late flight, late night, the day is over
With a glass of wine I contemplate the day
A different scene my eyes now cover
As quickly I pack my clothes away
And go to feed at the hotel buffet
Soon good food and wine do their work
Sitting there my mood begins to perk.
One thing is lacking, that's good company
It was thought here I could stay two days
But in this strange town no-one knows me
Though so far I have nothing but praise
And the Indian restaurants my spirits raise.
I had a huge laugh as I drank my wine
Looking at the bottle, saw it was Australian.
Sleep reigns with dreams of us whilst I sleep
I know I'm dreaming, because you are here
As each night our loving meetings we keep
A world away, I close my eyes, you appear
In day too far to pull you close I fear
I spend each day wishing it were through
For now these dreams will have to do.
We shouldn't wish away our lives for dreams
Fate has a way too often of spoiling things.
When I think of you my imagination streams
With desires to see what the future brings
So much to see with a love so promising.
Would that our life together were more sure
But even so, in spite of all it will endure.
Feeling of Love
The feeling never leaves when you love someone
It's with you for eternity when your soul is shared
The parting of a lifetime when your love is gone.
Her spirit looking at you, knowing that you cared
That you'll never meet again is nothing to be feared
Sob gently over her, your tears constantly flowing
Helping you meet your fears, you feel her guiding
Her spirits touch, a spirits kiss, a spirits gentle tears
With each passing day as love will only grow
Keeps her by your side through the passing years
Knowing deeply in her heart that you love her so.
With each passing day love will only grow
If being together is part of the greater beings plan
Then you'll be united, your woman, with her man.
I was not meant to sit on a wall
But it was you who put me there
I did not wish to have this fall
I believed when you said you care
My shell is broke beyond repair.
There is no help in which to turn
Another lesson I have to learn.
Any knowledge that I can gather
Curious about life and love and all
Is so uncertain, like the weather.
I was not meant to sit on that wall
I did not wish to have any fall.
But fall I did and down I crashed
And all hopes of love ever dashed.
How strange it is to feel this way
My body half torn twixt the new world
And the old world stuck forever in clay.
My mind halfway, feeling unfurled
How can I rest when I feel so whorled
Its time clock, once ever so pliable
Once upon a time but now not reliable.
No sooner in learning to compromise
It is one again forced to change back
I have to learn all over I now realise.
Experience had given me the knack
On how to combat this bloody attack.
But could it be that I'm in a new league
And that I am suffering battle fatigue?
In another place, in some other time
Beyond our reach is a land of fantasy
A perfect place with a perfect clime.
Where all our hopes and wishes to be
Live their only in our dreams to see
And all we scheme and wish and dare
Every night is just waiting there.
A kaleidoscope of life's rich fare.
For us to see again refreshed and new
There we exist without a care
Our bodies perfect, strong and true
A land of love where all's true blue
So each night as on your beds you lie
Why not relax and let your cares go by?
Peel back the layers of me one by one, then
Reveal all my secrets, unleash my essence
Until I'm stripped bare, before you again.
I do not wish to hide from your presence
You know I worship your ambiance.
You constantly open my eyes to my dreams
And never consider them to be extremes.
Instead you are the inspiration to my plans
The foundation of my wishes and desires
The one who seems so amenable in my hands.
The one who satiates all that my heart requires
And in doing so lights so many other fires,
Yet your presence brings me so much peace
I realise why my love could never cease.
Language of Souls
My love, I want to grow old with you,
For a long life can never be my destiny
But we both know this can't be true.
And when you die I pray it will it be me
Waiting there, to guide you to eternity
Our two souls will kiss and again unite
As spirits, in love again we will ignite
My love, my body, my soul are yours
The flame of love once more together
My very soul I now offer up and more.
I only know I love you and will forever
Forever bound, forever, loving ever
Please do not deny this simple plea
And spend eternity forever with me.
No more is it the time of magic, it is now of men
Merlin and all his kin have left the stage and sleep
Slumbering in their caves awaiting until when
Once more they must emerge from sleep so deep
To defend what's good is a promise they will keep.
Fighting evil power will be their main concern
Working spells, until once again magic will govern
And once again in battle we will see the way
The strength of arm with sword, or axe and shield,
Again the mighty kings must field and fight the fey
With blow for blow, or spell for spell, or yield.
The enemy is evil and who knows what he'll field
The good must be strong fighting for what is right
In the end the weaker magic will lose that fight.
All know their place and their fate
Should one species become too strong
living out of harmony within their state
Nature levels it out before too long.
Man does things knowing they're wrong
Natures balance is without deceit
Then along comes man in all his conceit.
Not just like every other creature born
Ignoring that he's only an alternate form.
Ask the ancients what the tribe believes
Because all we hear are corporate lies
Science and technology only deceives.
Oil and coal companies argue, compromise
Because of man, every day a species dies.
Out of a void
Out of a void my love has grown
A cosmic speck, a minute grain
Out of nothing a seed was sown
Finitely created this heavenly domain.
No roof of tile but it will still remain
Not of wood, nor steel, nor brick or stone
But a pulsing heart, inside flesh and bone.
From timeless space you've won my heart
A celestial being that has won my soul
That time or distance could never part
Two separate beings who've made a whole
Singing forever loves barcarole.
My life and love I dedicate to thee
Wishing to be with you for all eternity.
We seem like passing strangers now
Just like ships that pass in mid seas
On their journey to some other morrow
Their cargo of hopes driven by breeze
And from your look I would now freeze.
Those eyes that used to light me up
Broke me when you and I brokeup.
In the garden that was our destinies
We have seen both spring and fall
We took our love to extremities
Now you have built a brick wall
What's the reason you don't care at all.
I know things could be good between us
What did I do to create such a fuss?
Question of the Morn
And how must we greet the morn
I saw the sun lay out her golden beams.
Will my dreams now fit the dawn?
Are you part of my fates schemes?
I came to you because of dreams
Or just that our lives have crossed?
Two boats met on life's ocean tossed
Join together and share our load
Knowing this life is a day in time
You now walk with me on my road
Towards Nirvana together we climb
Do we really have a love so sublime
Is it really worthwhile this time to try
Or do we part at dark, and wave goodbye.
Rain descending from sombre cloud
From the grey morning as we arise
Hearing rain drip from silent to loud
Carried to us the new dawn cries,
Not in horror but a pleasant surprise.
Clouds moving slowly from the West
Nature is happy finding how blessed.
The birds sitting quietly in their nests
For once listening to nature's sound
A gentle breeze adds to it with its caress
Opening them up bringing them around
Morning light shows new green abounds
Also with the morn light new life is born
Spring is here and all of winter is torn.
A Time Of Life..........Summers
This period in life is all of natures own
The journey starts with the arrival of sound
A time of life for all and all that is grown
Where creatures of all types are heard to abound
And flora awakes and spring from the ground
Fresh fruit is lush beginning to fill and ripen
The swelling leaves colour and widely open.
All around life is thriving, growing with zest
Scents seduce senses as savoury breezes blow
When every plant and every beast is at its best.
Natures way, that they all must surely follow
To ensure that every year their kind will grow
A time of life for all and all that is grown
They can wear a while this summer's crown.
A Time Of Rest.........Winters
The journey is over its time for it all to end
All plants are stripped not at all like their best
Just now there is no more energy to expend
And so this period become the time of rest
With silence coming from most avian's nest.
Beneath the earth all are asleep and still
Bulbs lay dormant and seeds await natures will.
The earth's energy also needs time to refill
The kernels of trees lie protected in the ground
The fields lie fallow, gladly paying their bill
All lies there dormant, with nary a sound
Waiting the time they can at last be unbound.
For three months nought will disturb Natures rest
Proving once again the ancient farmer knew best.
Why did you
Why did you pick this time and place
Where did we meet so many lives ago.
So many times past, I have kissed your face
But yet each time I have let you go.
Each time we live of our love we know
In this time we have to live so far apart
Yet we know we share each others heart.
It was not my wish, it was not my deed.
That life should treat us in this way
It was simply time, it was natures need
That leaves us in pain and in dismay.
Cognisant that together we cannot stay
Yet I know each life our love's sublime
And knowing that soulmates conquer time.
Tourists and hopefuls toss pennies into pools
Always hoping and wishing for too much.
People make money from exploiting these fools
Dreams always excelling in the pecuniary clutch
Never realised love affairs, an imperfect touch
Wishes, desires, often just a thoughtful dash
Often pocketed money really not serious cash.
My dreams have been dashed too many times,
So why should I waste a silly coin on idle dreams?
Then I realise that was the past and it's only dimes
Hardly the place for my really serious schemes
Desire and the fact are really two different streams
One always wishes too much, if granted will rue
Realising that only heartfelt wishes come true.
The dark abyss of a soul is not empty
Just undiscovered waiting through eons
For the hidden secrets waiting aplenty
Secrets that play with our emotions
Causing problems created by assumptions
And yet our mind is responsible for both
Used correctly and we plant our troth.
The truths are found by a searching mind
Listening with ears that hear in the silence
Looking with eyes that see even when blind
Using senses that know everything is balance
As though we stood at the edge of the oceans
Questioning whether to wade into the water
But also afraid that there may be sharks.
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Hadst thy not birthed this child out of love
For love thou hath felt since his birth began
A love that flourished from the spirits above
Cast seeds t`wards the passions of woman
What else shalt be derived from such a plan
When their passionate feelings were involved
And new life betwixt love shalt be revolved
Had not the tale of Adam and Eve been so
Of how human instincts changed their view
And how in this world the populations grow
For what they thought was something new
Invented by love it was all they once knew
But a poisonous apple they ate from a tree
Became their grave warning for you and me.
Hounds Of Hell
Call off thy hounds that gnarl my bones
Thou starving fiends of viscious breed
Thy beasts of the devils hybrid clones
That when in hell did fester with greed
To tear out my flesh for a bloody feed
Howling canines that reaks of death
Render their prey with ne`er a breath.
Without recognition to perish unknown
Nobody heard my last prayers of need
Cast off carcass that was left all alone
No one had heeded my final death moan
Laid betwixt earth, fire, and brimstone
Gone from slethering jaws of misdeed
Unto earthly mounds of devils weed.
Love of Chaucer
I durst not dout sweet wordes of desire
Thy wondrous charms bestow`n thou so
Not fondness of love that shalt e`er retyre
That maketh true love more evenlie flow
Tho` tymeless years doth cometh and goe
Wordes soe spoken shalt ne`er be gone
Hence softlie thy whispers bestow`n upon
When Cupids bows long arrow shalt fire
That pierce thy heart where love doth grow
For true love then nurtur`d shalt never tyre
The pleasures deep within forever bestow
Divinity of tenderness with heavenly glow
Soft were the touches bestow`n thereon
Precious the moment that love was borne.
The creaking floorboards around midnight
Coupled with the howling winds outside
No wonder she was terrorized with fright
The phantom within her mind shall not hide
A victimised terror of frankensteins bride
How imagination can haunt a fearful mind
Stricken by nightmares of a horrific kind.
Hiding beneath her bed covers out of sight
Listens intent for screams demons cried
Something in her room was not quite right
She never dared peep and she never tried
Come the dawning she awakens sleepy eyed
Evidence of nightmares are but hard to find
Lost within fantasy dreams then left behind.
Summer to Autumn
Harken to the whisper of summers breeze
As pretty maidens dance amidst the heath
'Neath the boughs of ripened chestnut trees
Swaying to perfect rhythmic songs beneath
When corns nod their heads within the sheath
Haunting strings of a cello lends his voice
Singing mellow refrains of autumns choice.
Harken to the birdsong upon the boughs
As summer ends in autumn they shall fly
Echo's of the harvest thro` the plough
Yielding to the ripples of waters lullaby
Cries of wild hungry seagull swooping by
Soaring thro` serenades of the seasons
To carry forth mother nature`s reasons
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Her body lies devoid of living breath,
Her face bereft neath skin of shallow white,
But how did a maiden fair meet with death,
Did someone kill her or was it her fright
While walking between tombs on All Soul's night.
To young and fair was she for such an end,
So vampire's heart set its magic to wend.
First, a kiss upon her lips until red,
And icy breath o'er her unmoving breast,
Such beauty could not dwell among the dead,
I held her against my unbeating chest,
Until her eyes looked at me to attest
That love shall last beyond the realms of time
And not just in this dark vampyric rhyme!
A Spooky Sonnet
From the dark abyss comes the girl each night,
I see her move in shadows of the room,
I feel her presence like a shaft of light
And a chasm of despair meets with gloom,
As a dreadful fear fills my heart with doom,
Before I first feel her, icy fingers touch,
In the misty smoke of incense and smutch.
She speaks of all her unfilled hopes and dreams,
This nocturnal girl, deprived of her life,
Now exists only in the midnight streams,
As her whispered sadness cuts air as a knife,
So young she was yet knew the worst of strife,
And I do not scream but hold her cold hand
Until she returns to the spirit land
A simple pen I have to write my soul,
In ink upon an empty vellum page,
Viscous India spiralled thoughts extol,
And words become the voice of love and rage
Also gentle wisdoms as words come of age,
As thoughts and ink combine in poet's verse,
A sonnet where love's dreams so oft rehearse.
For love alone makes a heart find its beat,
A flowing rhythm spirals within ink,
As nib pirouettes o'er another sheet,
The heart and mind unite the soul in sync
An old-style sonnet becomes a poet's wink,
A lover's letter only for her eyes,
A heart's impassioned plea with no disguise.
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