A decima for Ronovan's Challenge 42: Prompt word Care on the D rhyme line. Leisure In quietude we stand and wait like Davies hoped the time he dreamt that patient souls are not exempt from understanding; celebrate how looking out can penetrate such mysteries as doing nowt but breathing in and breathing out. So there is time to stand and stare, eschew a life that's full of care, bring quietude of self about. (Note: Nowt is a Northern English dialect word meaning nothing)
Ronovan's # Challenge 342 ROUGH and Season Rough pruned in Winter bountiful Summer budding rose for all seasons
The Penguin Book of English Verse: 1970 Edition
I hold here in my hands
a book of English verse
collected over years
from English speaking lands.
The centuries traverse
this plenitude of peers.
All speak of love or death,
those two commanding states,
urgency of desire,
the quickening of breath
to which desire relates;
the all consuming fire
which all pervades our living
with the knowledge of our fate,
compassion and forgiving,
the struggle against hate
are subjects they define.
In one small volume here
the power of poetry
enraptures and enrages.
Contained is sage and seer;
our frail humanity
is written in these pages.
All speak of love and death,
the aching void of parting,
that rapture of desire
which overtakes the breath;
and of love departing
to the waiting funeral pyre.
Scriptural She hardly could conceptualise without the evidence of her eyes, the touted, much praised, paradise that haunted all her childhood dreams, had taken up so many reams, so many books that burst their seams with images; an imagined place the faithful wanted to embrace before it vanished without trace. How could it vanish? Some might say, 'surely it is here to stay, our place assured, although the way's so potholed with each vice and sin you wonder how you can begin to recognise the door marked In.' So she decided to forget her wonderings of the Begetter; further musing might upset her. Respecting, though, the people who, through faith, believed it all was true, whose happiness was like a glue that bound together broken hearts, the sum much greater than the parts; unlike the knave who stole the tarts she left them basking in their bliss, feeling it would be remiss to share with them her deep abyss.
The Drop They'd lose the toss and invariably take the field, eleven in white on a Sunday afternoon, a midsummer day, the sun at it's hottest height, surrounding trees like ancient supporters applauding. The umpires signal for the match to begin, the fast bowlers on before they turn to spin, and progresses through the long bee-hummed day. He's fielding at mid-off, his gaze often drawn to the varied greens against the spectating sky. The batter plays to mid-wicket off his legs but mistimes the stroke, ball catching the leading edge, arcing steeply through the air, looping his way. He's taken so many catches like this before and cups his hands like a heart to receive the ball. He's set and steady, it's descending at speed, he hears it humming like bees as the seam rotates, catching the air like a comet crashing through a planet's atmosphere, till it slaps his palms, the centrifugal force twisting it away and down to the grass before he can react, a misjudgment later ridiculed in the bar. A dropped catch seems important at the time and the match is lost but not just through his mistake. The evening sun is lowering in the sky as the aging trees still sway indifferently.
A contribution to Ronovan’s Decima Challenge No.41: prompt word Shimmer on the C rhyme line. Linked to the previous Haiku Challenge: Frost and Glint. A technical variation to the Decima form, with the use of half rhyme throughout.
Seasonal Snowflakes like a perfect crystal fill the fields outside our backdoor. On the horizon, see the deer searching for food near this coastal town. We know Winter can cost all our neighbouring beasts a Summer of feeding, as hedgehogs slumber beneath the glinting shards of frost. Will they awaken, be the first to encounter Spring's fresh shimmer?
My Old Guitar The battered old guitar I've played for fifty years sits dustily in the corner, its harmonics muted, no doubt still awaiting the arrival of a player adept enough to release it from the monotony of the same old three chord trick to which it's been subjected, having drawn the short straw of being sold to me, a mediocre musician with a semi-discordant ear, who struggles to sound a note, often losing the key. It's longing for a Django or, classically, a Williams to release it from its torpor, condemned to the occasional strum; to feel some finger picking, to take off on a flight of rapacious arpeggios, an all consuming riff; to find, at last, its voice, to feel, at last, its potential, free from all constraint, to drift into its dream of Hendrix, Page, Santana, who all have passed it by, this Yamaha FG One Eighty, Red Label Nippon Gakki. Strangely, it's become a collectors item I'm told, sought after by the folk who think things can be owned. Yet, despite my ineptitude, I couldn't let it go, because it has become a symbol of something more than just an instrument longing to be tuned. It's something symbiotic I couldn't do without, nor, I think, could it do without my love of its mellow tone, the timbre of its veneer. I have recently had it re-fretted and restored, returned to the beauty of its former days. The action has been lowered, effortlessly it plays all those three chord tunes I struggle to recall. And I have been inspired to honour its stoicism by tending to its needs each ensuing day, forgoing that neglect which I previously offered, seeing it for itself; the core of my beating heart.
Winter mornings wake
to the sound of glinting frost,
a crackle of white.
A crackle of white,
Winter's symphonic poem,
a season composed.
A season composed,
notes a frozen harmony
To get across a life, it's bridges we build,
span the light of our waking days
with alliances, compromises,
negotiate our walking routes,
cut avenues through the undergrowth.
These hours are lush like vegetation,
alive and drinking the succulent rains
that swell the raging rapids of desire,
the swirl and boil of racing, constant hearts.
These bridges can be made of ancient stone,
a huge suspension wrought of iron and steel
or merely a plank placed across a stream.
All have two purposes; to set us free,
so we can feel the joy of coming home.
For the Ronovan decima challenge No.40: FLOAT is the prompt word on the B rhyme line.
Abridged At Cowes, upon the Isle of Wight, a floating bridge appears to float across the river like a boat. It's a quaint and curious sight, Medina crossed both day and night, a bridge that gets it's trousers soaked, it's elevation now revoked. Reduced to ploughing through the spray to carry cars along their way, how was Saint Benezet provoked?