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Cameo Poem*


Twelve Red Roses


Her smile
A thing of beauty
It lights up her unblemished face
He returns with twelve red roses
To try his luck at winning
Her heart

*As used by contemporary poets in some on-line internet forums, the Cameo Poem is written in a strictly counted syllables per line; no rhymes are used.

line 1 = 2 syllables;
line 2 = 5;
line 3 = 8;
line 4 = 3;
line 5 = 8;
line 6 = 7;
line 7 = 2   (Writer's Cafe).

Historically, the visual art form of the cameo has inspired earlier writers;  the 19th-century Russian poet Lev Mei, composed a cycle of six poems entitled (Cameos, 1861), as reflections on each of the Roman rulers from Julius Caesar to Nero. In 1852 Théophile Gautier titled a collection of his highly polished, lapidary poems Emaux et Camées (Enamels and Cameos) (Cameo).

Originally, a Cameo is a method of carving an object such as an engraved gem, item of jewelry or vessel made in this manner. It nearly always features a raised (positive) relief image; contrast with intaglio, which has a negative image (Wikipedia).

Definition of cameo from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English within the topic LITERATURE: a short piece of writing that gives a clear idea of a person, place, or event (Longman).

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