Dried sunflowers athwart the man

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– Denise Kwong

THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “This Is No Case of Petty Right or Wrong” by Edward Thomas: petty, hate, patriot, athwart, cauldrons, clear, yesterday, miss, broods, dust, live, endure

Dried sunflowers athwart the man
A patriot that’s clear
He had to endure what he can
Hates the dust, that’s his fear
A petty life he has to live
Missing fresh air that’s admissive
A petty life
A petty life
He broods, hope he’s more assertive

Dried sunflowers athwart the man
It happened yesterday
Stirring the cauldron as he can
Adding some herbs and whey
Such a tough life he has to lead
And all the world is full of greed
Such a tough life
Such a tough life
Time for a change we have agreed

Dried sunflowers athwart the man
So toxic he can’t breathe
Doesn’t think he will have his clan
To pass what he bequeath
What has just happened to the world?
Transformation to be unfurled
What has happened?
What has happened?
It’s best to live in our dream world*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* The Trijan Refrain, created by Jan Turner, consists of three 9-line stanzas, for a total of 27 lines. Line 1 is the same in all three stanzas, although a variation of the form is not to repeat the same line at the beginning of each stanza. In other words, the beginning line of each stanza can be different. 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:

Rhyme scheme: a/b/a/b/c/c/d,d refrain of first 4 words of line five /c

Meter: 8/6/8/6/8/8/4,4 refrain/8

For: Photo Challenge #184, Whirligig 132

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Pedestrian – Photo Challenge

For: Pedestrian

Other “pedestrian” posts:
https://thetwodoctors.wordpress.com/2017/10/05/wordpress-photo-challenge-pedestrian/
https://thereluctantphotographer2014.wordpress.com/2017/10/05/pedestrian/
https://the15thday.com/2017/10/05/tuesday-evening-late-little-tipsy-maybe/
https://wordandimagecollages.wordpress.com/2017/10/05/pedestrians-and-global-tourism/
https://joeowensblog.wordpress.com/2017/10/04/pedestrian-weekly-photo-challenge-10417/

Someone is walking over my grave

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Someone is walking over my grave
I could see a reflection of an imp
Cacophony of clandestine crave
I hate the subterfuge, being wimp

I could see a reflection of an imp
Fluttering over the crimson pyre
I hate the subterfuge, being wimp
Why could we be, as we were?

Fluttering over the crimson pyre
A favissa that the arkwright made
Why could we be, as we were?
Just have to forget all the charade

A favissa that the arkwright made
Cacophony of clandestine crave
Just have to forget all the charade
Someone is walking over my grave*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

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* The pantoum consists of a series of quatrains rhyming ABAB in which the second and fourth lines of a quatrain recur as the first and third lines in the succeeding quatrain; each quatrain introduces a new second rhyme as BCBC, CDCD. The first line of the series recurs as the last line of the closing quatrain, and third line of the poem recurs as the second line of the closing quatrain, rhyming ZAZA.

The design is simple:

Line 1
Line 2
Line 3
Line 4

Line 5 (repeat of line 2)
Line 6
Line 7 (repeat of line 4)
Line 8

Continue with as many stanzas as you wish, but the ending stanzathen repeats the second and fourth lines of the previous stanza (as its first and third lines), and also repeats the third line of the first stanza, as its second line, and the first line of the first stanza as its fourth. So the first line of the poem is also the last.

Last stanza:

Line 2 of previous stanza
Line 3 of first stanza
Line 4 of previous stanza
Line 1 of first stanza

For: Photo Challenge #183, Bonus Wordle

Tickle me pink for I am free

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– Brooke shaden

tickle me pink for I am free
dramatic art at its brilliance
seraphic movement that is me
ecru petticoat to balance

don’t be alarm I don’t squander
I don’t use disastrous fragrance
And my skirt with such neutral shirr
ecru petticoat to balance

as a supplicant I’m polish
I can twist and bend no hindrance
free as the birds as my dress swish
ecru petticoat to balance

tickle me pink for I am free
ecru petticoat to balance*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

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* A Kyrielle Sonnet consists of 14 lines (three rhyming quatrain stanzas and a non-rhyming couplet). Just like the traditional Kyrielle poem, the Kyrielle Sonnet also has a repeating line or phrase as a refrain (usually appearing as the last line of each stanza). Each line within the Kyrielle Sonnet consists of only eight syllables. French poetry forms have a tendency to link back to the beginning of the poem, so common practice is to use the first and last line of the first quatrain as the ending couplet. This would also re-enforce the refrain within the poem. Therefore, a good rhyming scheme for a Kyrielle Sonnet would be:

AabB, ccbB, ddbB, AB -or- AbaB, cbcB, dbdB, AB.

For: Photo Challenge #182, Wordle #173