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Ekphrastic Poetry

Double Rondel

Karin Anderson, Au
 

During war people fall in love like lightening speed and passion because there may be no tomorrow. Loss is also more poignant as one thinks of the desperately painful knowledge that a sweetheart has been killed in action. In love, there can be terrifying cruelty and hellish depravity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photobucket by wyldbill1952

 

 

 

A Double Rondel Poem

 

If Came The Hour

 

When Goddess Aurora sprinkles your dew
I'll recall dreams of our peach clingstone day
as five petal blossoms flutter away
to return and ooze the peach pulp of you~~

We'll make love as dewfall moistens us through
as your ripe lips swoon us to lover's way
when Goddess Aurora sprinkles your dew
I'll recall dreams of our peach clingstone day~~

With delicate pink to squelched crimson hue
you'll feed me blushes of lush flesh and lay
cream dreams on my soft skin and lick away
to sip sweet mountain dew; that's what we'll do
when Goddess Aurora sprinkles your dew~~

If came the hour when frost snap cracks your dew
and spiky shards stab your peach pulp away
to scream and banish our peach clingstone day
as Goddess Aurora weeps to war's rue~~

We'll make war, not love, as hell whips us through
and blood lips smear red and drown lover's way
if came the hour when frost snap cracks your dew
and spiky shards stab your peach pulp away~~

Blossoms of frenzy squelch deep crimson spew
forces are calling to tear us away
gulls squabble on flesh as waves lick dismay
you sweetheart in war coat, me in nurse blue
if came the hour when frost snap cracks your dew~~

 

 
*Rondel: A French form containing 13 lines: two quatrains and a quintet following the rhyme scheme ABba abAB abbaA; capital letters are the refrains, or repeats.

 

Editor's Note

 

In correspondence with poet Karin Anderson she has indicated that this poem has been impacted with the synergy of three elements, the visual, melodic music, and the art of poetry.  Synergy is defined as two or more agents working together to produce a result not obtainable by any of the agents working idependently.  The term synergy comes from the ancient Greek word syn-ergos, συνεργός, meaning 'working together'. [1] .

In her e-mail discussing the poem, "If Came The Hour", Karin Andersons says, "I have music with 'If Came The Hour' which I suggest can be played after the poem has been read.   I was ironing one day having written the first half of the Rondel and listening to the Secret Garden CD. When 'If Came The Hour' played I thought I could use it for (inspiration to compose) a double Rondel, then forgot about listening to (that specific song) as I listened to a few more tracks. But guess what!  'If Came The Hour' came back and played again. I suggest the song can be played after the poem has been read.
 

 

[1] The Strategy Reader, Edited by Susan Segal-Horn, The Open University, 1998 Great Britain.

 

 

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