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Brian Strand, UK
 

 

 

 

Poetry Re-Formed

 

Crystalline Sequence

 

Pain Barriers

 

Beads of sweat drip onto eyebrows,
tears of relief greet the baby's cry

Beads of sweat drip onto eyebrows,
tears of joy polish the medal gold

Beads of sweat drip onto eyebrows,
tears of pain filling His stripes again

 

 

Englyn*

 

Half-Hearted

 

Her love was like a rose, with no perfume.
Dressed in very fine clothes
passion she could not propose,
brought the romance to a close.

 

 

*Englyna quatrain from Welsh poetry of 30 syllables in four lines 10, 6, 7, 7. The sixth syllable of line one announces the rhyme, the last syllable of the succeeding three lines rhyme with it. (The final syllable of line one is without rhyme). The content has an enigmatic quality.

 

 

A Duet of Nagauta* (lyric form)

 

Erstwhile

 

Sitting here, I dream
Those Summer days of my youth,
Life was slower then

Holidays, so full of sun
Time, just drifted by,
Daylight lasting, oh so long

Days stretched into weeks
Carefree as we ventured forth
Growing up, was simpler then.

 

 

 

Lost in Wonder

 

Desolate, once more
Thinking of what could have been;
Where did I go wrong?
Was there more I should have done;
Three words left unsaid

The arrogance of male pride,
Shackled emotions, inside.

 

 

*"Nagauta", literally, "long song", is a kind of traditional Japanese music which accompanies the kabuki theater. The form appeared around 1740. Because it developed the most within the Kabuki theater in Edo, it is often called "Edo Nagauta." In its purest form, Nagauta is a lyrical form with texts that are poetic and allusive. Nagauta describe a character's feelings indirectly, through poetic images and mood. Melody and rhythm are also very important.

http://jtrad.columbia.jp/eng/u_nagauta.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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