“Every night, when I go to sleep, I die. Every morning, when I wake up, I am reborn”

Every night when I go to sleep I die

Morning when I wake up, I am reborn

My status change, please don’t ask me why

Just show me what is life’s appointed bourne

I disappear then release in the morn

This awakening gives me all the hope

On a bright day ahead I could have sworn

The switch makes it possible so I cope

For that I need to firmly gratify

And I won’t even try to mystify*

(c) ladyleemanila 2023

*The Decuain (pronounced deck•won), created by Shelley A. Cephas, is a short poem made up of 10 lines, which can be written on any subject. There are 10 syllables per line and the poem is written in iambic pentameter.

There are 3 set choices of rhyme scheme:

ababbcbcaaababbcbcbb, or ababbcbccc

The Easter Flower by Claude McKay

Far from this foreign Easter damp and chilly
My soul steals to a pear-shaped plot of ground,
Where gleamed the lilac-tinted Easter lily
Soft-scented in the air for yards around;

Alone, without a hint of guardian leaf!
Just like a fragile bell of silver rime,
It burst the tomb for freedom sweet and brief
In the young pregnant year at Eastertime;

And many thought it was a sacred sign,
And some called it the resurrection flower;
And I, a pagan, worshiped at its shrine,
Yielding my heart unto its perfumed power.

Easter Sunday on empty church
We still celebrate it at home
We find peace and hope if we search
Easter Sunday on empty church
High up in the tree the bird perched
It is best for us not to roam
Easter Sunday on empty church
We still celebrate it at home**

(c) ladyleemanila 2020

** A Triolet

For: https://sundaywhirl.wordpress.com/2023/02/05/wordle-591/, https://secondwindleisure.com/2023/04/02/sunday-stills-and-the-world-awakens/, http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/2023/04/d-is-for-durability.html, https://www.napowrimo.net/day-four-11/, https://alwayswrite.blog/2023/04/05/wq-14/

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