Black notes (1)

February 23, 2013

one clinging onto another.
A deadly dance.
beyond the mind's fabrication.

Meant for the light to stumble,
it's overwhelming...
Blotto -
and too much to regret.


Chantey (Cinquain)

September 12, 2012


heart's alphabet
sailing, inspiring and
creating memorable scenes.

** Cinquain is a short, usually unrhymed poem consisting of twenty-two syllables distributed
as 2, 4, 6, 8, 2, in five lines.  It was developed by the Imagist poet, Adelaide Crapsey.

Another form, sometimes used by school teachers to teach grammar, is as follows:

Line 1: Noun
Line 2: Description of Noun
Line 3: Action
Line 4: Feeling or Effect
Line 5: Synonym of the initial noun.


Confession (Tetractys)

July 14, 2012


her thoughts
of following
autumns' phantom
distant reverie, never been roused from.

**Tetractys, a poetic form invented by Ray Stebbing, consists of at least 5 lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 10
syllables (total of 20).  Tetractys can be written with more than one verse, but must follow suit
with an inverted syllable count.  Tetractys can also bereversed and written 10, 4, 3, 2, 1. 
The tetractys could be Britain's answer to the haiku. Its challenge is to express a complete thought, profound or
comic, witty or wise, within the narrow compass of twenty syllables." - Ray Stebbing


A birth of a City

May 23, 2012

May 19th - 2012

Dulcet they were,
sounds of the minarets,
challenging skies,
once threatened...

Praying, glorifying,
greeting the martyrs.

From the cemeteries,
through the murk,
there it was,
stumbling, still approaching -

the dead gladly given.


Free Haiku

November 4, 2011

on the edge of life

watches me.

Art, Scenography of Dungeon
By Mohammad Bin Lamin


Tarnished Libyan Agenda

October 28, 2011

Tarnished Libyan Agenda

weaving rituals
of bourgeoisie,

Apathy,  unfit,
termed "conceit"
swinging upon
cacophonous truism.

Accused of myopia,
sometimes deafness.
a labyrinth,
misconstrued as coexistence.

unexchangeable benefits,
a bully, metamorphosed.

Lament is the ink;
fueling this language.
bitter melodies,
the nightingales never sing.


Perhaps hope...

December 7, 2010

Perhaps hope...

and still tales to be told
about this heroism,
thoughts distorted,
stolen wills,
a tenet held with pride.

Who knows?

Perhaps from within,

verses of salvation
would emit,
tracing silver thread
through the murk...


La vie en Rose... (Double Shadorma)

November 22, 2010

La vie en Rose...

such zephyr of the roses
once dissolved,

their whispers,  resonating,
through night's silvery hymns.

Only in these
petals, secrets of
the flame lay,

essence of idyllic notion,
from this blossom, forth...

**Spanish non-rhyming verse of six lines with a strict syllable count of 3,5,3,3,7,5...


Wolf's Tango

November 20, 2010

Wolf's Tango

Languorous, such steps of travesty.
Bitterness harbored in fascism,
and a will, hunted, barely breathes.

Coronation won't speed the tempo,
as the same cacophony lagging,
just to smother "another era".


Jealousy (Diamante)

October 22, 2010


unbearable, merciless
aching, flaming, torturing,
tense, pain, honesty, devotion
loving, sharing,caring
infinite, secure


Egoism (Double Diamante)

October 22, 2010

bellicose, narcissistic
debilitating,irritating, domineering
obsession, abhorrence, honor, pleasure
tranquillizing, attracting, impressing
blissful, lovable
tender, generous
caring, admiring, gladdening
gentleness, popularity, sickness,loneliness
provoking, repulsing, overbearing
injurious, deplorable

** A diamante is a seven line poem, shaped like a diamond.Line 1:one word
(subject/noun that is contrasting to line 7)
Line 2:two words
(adjectives) that describe line 1
Line 3:three words
(action verbs) that relate to line 1
Line 4:four words (nouns)
first 2 words relate to line 1
last 2 words relate to line 7
Line 5:three words
(action verbs) that relate to line 7
Line 6:two words
(adjectives) that describe line 7
Line 7:one word
( subject/noun that is contrasting to line 1)


Summer (Lune)

October 22, 2010


And memories sail,
another chapter for another season,
summer's nostalgic echo.

** a variant lune created by poet Jack Collom, a self-contained tercet, word-based (not syllable-based) and has the structure of 3 words in the first line, 5 words in the second line and 3 words in the final line.

A Sailor's Wish (Double Etheree)

October 2, 2010

A Sailor's Wish

she climbs,
Challenging whom?
with angelic face,
precious tail?... Senses swirl;
when her breaths seep through the air.
Perfuming boats of lonesome shores,
when her figure appears, unfolding
layers, seashells of fabled fantasies.

Would you delight woebegone heart of mine?
Soulful, old spirit, longs for comfort...
will your light flood in, forever?
Oh, pretty water fairy,
spells of aquatic tales;
cast  in harmony...
Whisper in ears,
pearly dreams,

** Etheree, created about twenty years ago by an Arkansas poet named Etheree Taylor Armstrong, this titled form, the Etheree, consists of ten lines of unmetered and unrhymed verse, the first line having one syllable, each succeeding line adding a syllable, with the total syllable count being fifty-five.This concise form is meant to focus on one idea or subject.

The Coffins' Ball

September 15, 2010

The Coffins' Ball

Descended unlike others,
tangled with silk
of bloody patches.
swirling around,
bones below heels,
white oblivion
and moon illusory in origin,
bought by cents.

Sneaking in,  through
the coquettish laughter.
Their whisper
intoxicated  the ears,
tempting conscience
born dead,
echoed few sins, 
uncommitted yet.

Awaken the distinctive minds,
time to strum;
their coffins' symphony.


Once a Reverie Softly Spoke... (Acrostic)

September 15, 2010

Once a Reverie Softly Spoke...

Obscure, these terms of light,
nocturne, unopposed, dulcet,
endlessly possessing,

a balm, to comprehend?

Radiance, all seen,
eternity wished upon whispers,
void of reason,
eloquence, formed in life,
regretfully, unapproachable,
intimately curing,
eeriness, abolishing...

Stripping laws of the mind,
on bases of a trance,
from there, blindly igniting,
toward vestibules of the soul,
yet, solo, barely heard.

Still, visions to emerge,
peace to be uttered... Not
on sorrow's remains, on
kindling in every sense,

** An acrostic (Greek: a'kros "top"; sti'chos "verse") is a poem or other form of writing in which the first letter, syllable or word of each line, paragraph or other recurring feature in the text spells out a word or a message. As a form of constrained writing, an acrostic can be used as a mnemonic device to aid memory retrieval.


The Lover Of The Wind (Double Septolet)

September 8, 2010

The Lover Of The Wind

dulcet rituals of
scarlet sun.

scented with rosemary,
carried upon
longing feathers.

Hazel eyes,
The wind softly calling.

catching breeze,
dreamy waltz
and butterflies.

** The modern Septolet is a poem consisting of seven lines containing fourteen words with a break in between the two parts. Both parts deal with the same thought and create a picture.

Verses Of Light (Sedoka)

September 6, 2010

Verses Of Light

Ethereal cadence,
the one his might, drifting to,
tyrannically pleasurable,

and stranger, the heart,
was not, in this vagueness,
bursting verses unto light.

** Sedoka is a Japanese verse form that evolved from ancient songs. They can be mood poems, similar to tanka, or they can tell stories in the manner of a song. Sedoka consist of 6 lines of 5-7-7-5-7-7 syllables respectively. Each 5-7-7 unit is called a katauta. Traditionally, the second katauta says the same thing as the first katauta, although in a different way.

One Sweet Morn (Triple Lanturne)

September 6, 2010

One Sweet Morn

woes melt on
cheerful meadows,
to bloom,
spirits waft
blood born jasmine,
tryst witnessed
by darling breeze,

** The Lanturne is a five-line verse shaped like a Japanese lantern (so the writer must center the poem) with a syllabic pattern of one, two, three, four, one.

La Frileuse (Ekphrasis)

August 22, 2010

La Frileuse

Tilted, staring at destiny, the frame can not endure. In need
 just to paralyze the hands of time, for what women want 
more than being cherished by such passion.

The pallor faked a smile, muting words on the lips,  and
the fur failed, declaring surrender at the gates of woe,
trapping the skin in frozen inferno...

Fortunately the creeping demise still unable to defeat
fingertips,  used to summarize days and nights in features,
stirring seasons of my life,warming what remains through
 the heart.

I see you shifting your gaze away from reality formed in
 stolen breaths, coughs and pain-laden handkerchief; I beg
 your pardon dear one, meant for the colours to fade away.

Mourn the bereavement, but before, let the phantom muse
give utterance, the portrait would never cease to treasure
the history we both lived.

 ** Ekphrastic poetry is the conversation between two pieces of art.  The writer interprets a work of visual art and then creates a narrative in verse form that represents his or her reaction to that painting, photograph, sculpture or other artistic creation.

The title 'La Frileuse'x - a woman shivering - refers to the fact that she felt constantly cold.This is probably Tissot's portrait of Kathleen Newton.Dedicated to her during the period of her illness...

Envy (Naani)

August 20, 2010


Murderous intent,
savagely devours
innocent buds of virtue,
aching from within.


Logic? (Double Naani)

August 20, 2010


Lurking, in the shadows
of modernity,
notion, unreliable,

sorrowfully tangled with
silky fabric
of logic lacking logic.
How meretricious!

**  Naani is one of India’s' most popular Telugu poems.Naani means an expression of one and all.It consists of 4 lines, the total lines consists of 20 to 25 syllables.The poem is not bounded to a particular subject.Generally it depends upon human relations and current statements.



August 20, 2010


In his own language,
a new definition of fury
has been set.

Words charred,
deeds spoken aloud.

Complexity of elements,
poisoned the core.

Within springs
-of unknown depth-
grudge was crusting,
in many forms.

-melt bones-
interpreted in docile temper.


-ache saturated zephyr-
from the nostrils.


Sorrow ahead,
-guilty and terrifyingly tearful-
corrosive memories,
overcast the atmosphere.

To erupt in such volatility:
"it was a surprise"

for his intentions,
lay dormant for ages.


The Sum Of Misperception

August 18, 2010

The Sum Of Misperception

Sarcastically apocalyptic,
though broke out,
within the senses,
debilitating what remained.

For the will, fooled.
Gone astray
in avenues of intellect,


Unto guillotines
belligerently serving
ambivalence's gates,

Raise the flag
upon utterance, ungiven.
Remission would never emit,
below the blade.


Nostalgia (Butterfly Oddquain)

August 16, 2010


the garden
of thoughts kept moaning,
those breaths no longer warmed the
Thus, awake the mind's remains.
Barren, tracing steps,
rose with the,

** oddquain butterflies - a “merged mirror oddquain” where the two stanzas of a mirror oddquain are merged together, one of the middle 1 syllable lines is dropped, resulting in one nine line stanza of the form 1-3-5-7-1-7-5-3-1.  Please note that a oddquain butterfly is not a “oddquain” because it doesn’t have five lines, but it is “butterfly” made
up of two oddquains that were merged together into one poem.


Swan Lake (Perspective)

August 12, 2010

Swan Lake

Between snowy shadows,
a grace reflected,
upon the moonlight,

Who dares
to say,
"curse from heaven"?

Therein, the aquatic arabesque
of benevolence,
Unto surrender, leading,

for the prisoner's seemingly
poor Siegfried,
not the celestial spirit of yours.

amidst ages,
melodies mythologized,
behind sinful bars of sorcery.

Strive on, delicate one,
a transformation approaching
through the eyes of choreography.


True Friendship (Palindrome)

August 5, 2010

True Friendship

Giving boundlessly
Caring tenderly
Hearts joined pleasantly
Growing together
Intimate relations
Relations intimate
Together growing
Pleasantly joined hearts
Tenderly caring
Boundlessly giving

** A palindrome, by definition, is a word, phrase, verse, sentence, or even poem that reads the same forward or backward. It stems from the Greek word palindromos: palin, meaning again, and dromos, meaning a running. Combining the two together, the Greek meaning gives us, running back again...



July 9, 2010


Upon reality,
flashback defying senses,
and supposedly,
sentimental legacy,

Longing,  for
phrases uttering phrases,
a mess of heart's pages,
torn not,
in the mind's back.

the rosy thoughts
tried to adhere,
as no space
in a language,
the colors run away from,

and for such man,
geography of the logic
ought to metamorphose,
seeking out

a possible culture.


Solace in Silence (Fibonacci)

July 8, 2010

Solace in Silence

"mirage, never be"
in meadows, graced with your visage.

** ** Fib is an experimental Western form, bearing similarities to haiku, but based on the Fibonacci sequence. That is, the typical fib and one version of the contemporary Western haiku both follow a strict structure. The typical fib is a six line, 20 syllable poem with a syllable count by line of 1/1/2/3/5/8.


Twirling in the Wind

July 7, 2010

Twirling in the Wind

In another nebula,
showered by crystal cascades,
steps were elegantly
touching the ground,
in a cadence of painful sighs,
twirling in the wind,
seeking for oblivion.
The lady there cared not
for frost-laden breeze;
jealously cooled her wrinkles,
nor for shadows of curiosity
caste on watchful eyes,
to heal her abrasions
calm the weary soul;
she proceeded with the ball
embracing every fallen hope,
set an essence of beauty
enlivened by her own art.

**  Prose, inspired by the great novel which tells about the old lady, one who seeks for nothing but relieving her phobia by practicing ice skating,  during coldest times of winter...


Execution Tableau (Double Verse)

July 6, 2010

Execution Tableau

Devouring dreams of
rare genuineness,
mere patriotism;
unfamiliar with
bows of excellence,
notions in disguise.

Dragged barefoot, into

spot nested with gloat...
Prayers embraced the sky;
as their pistols roared,
disrupting silence
of another dawn.

**The Tableau, a poetry form created by Emily Romano in October of 2008, 
consists of one or more verses, each having six lines. Each line should
have five beats. There is no set rhyme scheme,although rhyme may be present.
The title should contain the word tableau.

Since the dictionary states the word tableau means picture or representation,
the poem should reflect this. A picture should come to mind as the poem is read.

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