The poems I’ve posted to date fall into one of the four following categories. I was asked to include a description of different poetic forms, so I thought I’d start with these.
blank verse – written in iambic pentameter that doesn’t rhyme; if you want a great explanation of iambic pentameter, check http://iambicpentameter.net
cinquain – five lines, the first with two syllables, the second with four, the third with six, the fourth with eight, and the fifth with two (I wrote a reverse cinquain a few days ago – Wings Spread.)
free verse – doesn’t rhyme or have a regular meter
haiku – three lines, the first with five syllables, the second with seven, and the third with five
If you want to explore different poetic forms, check out
My thanks again to my friend Heather for today’s post…
From the embryo, man
The seed, flowers
Each genus, life
All brought forth
By His hand.
Elements may hinder
But stunt not development
His brilliance oversees
To purpose unfolds
His perfect plan.
Through him (Jesus) all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made (John 1:3 NIV).
Above the earth
Wings spread to their full width
To catch the uplifting currents
And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us…(Hebrews 12:1 NIV).
(The above poem is a cinquain, a form I will be exploring a lot in the next little while.)
To succeed in life
I must continue to go
’til I reach the end.
Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them…(1 Timothy 4:16 NIV).
My dear friend Heather forwarded the following poem to me this morning. I just love it. I hope you enjoy it too.
Lost in a melody
For a beautiful moment,
Soothing strings bathe
The collective consciousness
In a peaceful reverie,
Revealing what love
My heart, O God, is steadfast, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music (Psalm 57:7 NIV).
Endless, fantastic glory
Joy kindly, lovingly manifest
I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer. Show me the wonders of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes. Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings (Psalm 17:6-8 NIV)
Friends from long ago
Bearing forgotten mem’ries
Cross my path again.
…Go in peace, for we have sworn friendship with each other in the name of the LORD, saying, “The LORD is witness between you and me” (1 Samuel 20:42 NIV).
I am thankful to be renewing friendships from many years ago.