The following scheme of poetry is ever changing.
Some of it was written here. Other pieces arose elsewhere.
Authors names are marked or linked.
Between the Lines,
Under the Verse.
night i was lost in a poem of desire in your eyes, fire
in your souL.
Oceans with waves azure, expanses of rolling golden sensuous
Vagrant tendrils of thought carried me along future spindles
in your armS.
Existence etched on a glass shard somewhere between love
in life is certain nor constant
The winds of change blow fickle and thickly
And strange and wanton chance demonstrant
Weaves its wend in paths most sickly
Rest not the
weary soles of your deep toil
Overly long on any one soil
For even whilst reposing gently
The world revolves and shifts aplenty
a dinner in the honour of Albert Einstein on his visit to
the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California.
And space, it has dimensions
Instead of only three.
The square of the hypotenuse
Ain't what it used to be.
It grieves me sore, the things you've done
to plane geometry.
You hold that time is badly
That even light is bent;
I think I get the idea there,
If this is what you meant;
The mail the postman brings today,
Tomorrow will be sent.
The shortest line,
is not the one that's straight,
It curves around upon itself,
Much like a figure eight.
And if you go too rapidly
You will arrive too late.
Way of the Tao
stretching a bow
You repent of the pull,
A whetted saw
Goes thin and dull,
Surrounded with treasure
You lie ill at ease,
Proud beyond measure
You come to your knees:
Do enough without vieing,
Be living, not dying.
murderously buffetted, isolated crag,
the salty bodies of decaying fish
lies a statue in a pose aghast.
head is embraced, gently encased in the
grasp of a sunken tree's toes.
frozen face, a rictus of emotion.
stony fingers claw at encroaching nomadic
scouts; infiltrating root modules
twists in its mossy bed, writhing in helpless disgust,
latissimus. A devestating fissure fractures
unity, bisecting orthogonally its eroding continuity.
wind ceases its soliloquy long enough to catch its breath,
at redoubled pace its attempt to
out a tirelessly crashing tidal tirade.
perches pertinently atop serrated ankles.
feet cling tenaciously to
pedestal with toes flexed, arches bowed.
brass, encrusted with lichen embellishments and
with words is sunken into the pedestal like eyes
in a wrinkle-wreathed face.
in this lonely place, the plaque proffers
braille encoded wisdom, to be
slowly by gentle insect feet.
all hope, ye
who cease to love, fail to live.
came, I saw, I conquered, I fell."
is a sonnet?
Few Sonnets by Red Mantis
I harp to thee of warm summer nights,
whose hair the brilliant stars do strobe?
fragrant arms and multicoloured robe
not, nor may not ever shine their lights
our twinned eyes to merrily behold,
yet our hour together has grown old?
Time in its malicious seeming play
chosen that our destinies entwine.
Fate sees fit to transport me away,
vast distances of ocean brine.
still I smile and eat this bitter pill,
swill it down with Cupid's amber wine,
know thee poor is Aphrodite's will,
touch thine heart and know thee more is mine.
not encroaching cold our bond inter,
let hoar's ragged teeth our love defile,
snap the icy nose of old Winter
melt his frigid gaze with your hot smiles.
jealous heart our bond would long to cleave,
forged in fall's crisp halls and leafy lanes
blaze a fiery trail on Autumn's sleeve.
passions echo like a song's refrain
cause the lonely season yet to grieve
soft snows mark the onset of his reign,
endures until Spring's first kiss reprieves
frozen tears on frosted window panes.
I bid we let our passions climb,
Summer's rose preserved throughout all time.
are a fixed verse poetry form of possible Italian
origin. They are composed of 14 lines of 5-foot
iambics ('da-dum'-type syllable pairs) with a highly
defined rhyme scheme.
'Shakespearean' variants consist of 4,4,4,2 rhyme
pattern with the first three groups of four lines
called "quatrains" and the last
two rhyming lines called a "rhyming couplet".
Shakespearean sonnet rhyme scheme might look like
each of the letters above represents a unique rhyming
sound. [for example: ABAB would mean
that the word at the ends of the respecitve lines
were Nights, Robe, Lights, Strobe] Rhyme
schemes are varied within the whole to generate
timing and effect in the poem.
the case of the Shakespearean style of sonnet the
rhyming couplet at the end has added impact due
to the contrast with the three preceding quatrains.
contrast, a classical 'Italian' sonnet is likely
to be composed of an octet and a sestet, thematically.
Challenge of Sonnets
of the challenge of writing a sonnet is to stay
within the rigorous rhyme scheme. One good way to
start writing a sonnet is to work backwards and
choose the words which are going to be the ends
of each line first and then to write the lines that
lead up to those words. This can lead you to think
'vertically' within the poem and adds another dimension
to the creative process of writing poetry.
Beauty of Poetry
large part of the beauty of poems is that they make
our minds vibrate at a different energy level than
they would otherwise have achieved without reading
those words. Part of the effect is in the perception,
and part of it is in the emotions that are subsequently
love to make you think.
ache to make you feel.
always challenges us to perceive differently.
some actual sonnets
Selection of Poetry By Red Mantis:
and the manipulation of words on paper for pleasure
is something to which I was exposed at an early
age. One of my early scholarly recollections was
of winning a provincial book prize in grade 3.Then,
subsequently undergoing the traumatic experience
of having to stand up in front of a large crowd
of adults, present the memorized poem and accept
a gift certificate for $50 worth of books. To
this day I still recall the poem as if it was
seared on my cerebellum. I had just finished reading
J.R.R. Tolkein's The Hobbit
and was asked to encapsulate the novel in a Haiku
[5 syllable, 7 syllable, 5 syllable, 3-lines]
style poem. This is what I came up with:
From darkness through light
forces of evil
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