THE LONG AND SHORT OF SHADOWS

Life’s shadows cast long into time.
Deeds of Love steep in memory.
Foul acts – viscid haze of man’s grime.

Unconditional Love sublime,
The Father’s path of destiny.
Life’s shadows cast long into time.

Barren mountains shield hatred’s crime.
Long shadows mask the mystery.
Foul acts – viscid haze of man’s grime.

Gardens planted in rows of Thyme,
Season journeys vague harmony.
Life’s shadows cast long into time.

Terror without reason or rhyme,
Journal violent history.
Foul acts – viscid haze of man’s grime.

Moments of kind deeds – Love sublime.
Hidden ‘neath tales of agony.
Yes, Life’s shadows cast long into time.
Foul acts – viscid haze of man’s grime.

Source of Inspiration for The Long and Short of Shadows
The Villanelle form of poetry is fitting for writing about life and world events, for these subjects tend to be quite repetitive.  There is always war in some or most parts of the world at any given time.  And hatred and prejudice, though conquered by some, are definitely repetitive in nature.  That is why I use the Villanelle to express strong feelings of the world’s malcontent.  This form of poetry is also challenging with short lines and the strict rhyming scheledule.  I have been honored by the publishing of my “word games”.
The Long and Short of Shadows was published in The International Who’s Who in Poetry, 2007.

Villanelle of War

War’s the norm in the world today.
Ancient lands mourn under the veil.
History repeats another day.

Terror and grief are here to stay.
Disease and death may come by mail.
War’s the norm in the world today.

Beware! the Jew, the Black, the Gay,
The holy fiend your worlds assail.
History repeats another day.

Naive children in streets at play,
Now die for Allah’s immortal tale.
War’s the norm in the world today.

Ancient powers with laws of clay.
Fanatics rise, then falter, then fall.
History repeats another day.

The fabrics of life change and fray,
But good over evil, we pray, prevail.
Still, war’s the norm in the world today.
History repeats another day.

 

Source of Inspiration for Villanelle of War
This poem, Villanelle of War, brought me unbelievable recognition from the international poetry community.  It was published in The International Who’s Who in Poetry, 2005.  In this book they chose 4 international poets, one from Mexico, one from Denmark, St. Lucia, and I was the only American!  I was completely blown away by this honor.  In the introduction of the four featured poets, this is what they wrote:  FEATURED POETS.…..We begin this directory with a diverse sampling of poets and poetry from around the world.  While varying greatly in subject and style, all of these featured poets honor the passionate art of poetry by gracefully and courageously exploring their most intimate thoughts and emotions.  It is our hope that all those who read these selections will be inspired and encouraged to pursue their own creative form of self-expression.  

The Clock of Life

Tick tock, tick tock, life’s ardent beat,
Each face, each clock, the same, but not.
Keen hands mark time’s juncture complete.

The sun and moon once again meet,
Yesterday, in the logbook slot.
Tick tock, tick tock, life’s ardent beat.

Minutes, hours, a day’s gay fete,
Ignored seconds, drops in a pot.
Keen hands mark time’s juncture complete.

Wrinkles simulate rows and pleats,
And petals open, fall and rot.
Tick tock, tick tock, life’s ardent beat.

Tragedy befalls; feigns defeat.
Time delivers the healing shot.
Keen hands mark time’s juncture complete.

Earth spins, revolutions replete.
Father Time continues his trot.
The clock heeds not the tether and cleat,
For keen hands mark time’s juncture complete.

Source of Inspiration
Yet another Villanelle!  But I thoroughly enjoy writing Villanelles, made popular in France in the 1700’s.  The challenge is the form and rhyming expectations.  But that is what makes it fun!  It affords me the opportunity to play word games trying to come up with a list of words that rhyme is the first step.  For years now, I have saved a file with napkins or deposit skips or whatever, with phrases scribbled in any empty space, inspirations for a poem.  This one was written around an old unfinished crossword puzzle.  Funny!
The Clock of Life was published in Best Poets of 2014.

Words, Like Chambered Bullets…. Villanelle of Hope

Earnest words of love, hope, and peace
Quell a world of malice.  Beware!
Words, like chambered bullets release.

Envoys post proverbs to appease
Cloaked zealots in their mountain lair.
Earnest words of love, hope, and peace.

Angry banter daftly unleash
Consequentially uncaring
Words, like chambered bullets release.

Hope for help for guiltless deceased,
Reluctant martyrs unaware.
Earnest words of love, hope, and peace.

Hatred for the unknown must cease,
Stifle fanatic tongues that flare.
Words, like chambered bullets release.

Love All!  Pray vile hatred to cease.
Tolerance and patience take care
With earnest words of love, hope, and peace.
For words, like chambered bullets release.

Source of Inspiration
This poem was broiling in my head for, well, maybe years.  As a writer, I love to use and play of words.  But I am continually amazed that words spoken in anger, or prejudice, or hate, are words that should either never been spoken or spoken in a different manner, with less anger and a dash of kindness.  Even words spoken through emotion can be phrased in a manner to get the point across without losing ones “cool”, and showing ones “arse” as the English say.  Just because someone else is behaving in an asinine way, doesn’t mean one should reflect the attitude.  And there you have the soap box version!
Words, Like Chambered Bullets was published in Who’s Who in American Poetry, 2013.