Duet (a sestina)

Duet (a sestina)

A two-toned melody will sing tonight;
listen to the layered song
keep her company ‘til morning
join in the chorus of chiming rain
give her the time…
or else you may forget

her voice. Don’t forget
to etch her words tonight
in your notebook of time,
the lyrics of Joy and Pain, her song
of  bittersweet praise, even if all night the rain
hems you ’til morning.

Isn’t the yellow morning
when we forget
the pouring spills of rain?
See the sylvan glade? Night-
fall dissipates into dawn, a song
of pearls, dripped one at a time.

Words whisper through time,
through each sunrise. Each morning
heralds a golden, hopeful song.
It’s not luck, a clover-leafed four! Get
the old tunes playing tonight
and let’s get out of the drenching rain.

Very soon, love will rein
in all who’ve sorrowed through time;
all who’ve laughed too. Night
will be gone; joy will replace mourning,
all pains will soon forget
they once were lyrics in a bleeding song.

Each life, a vibrant melodious song,
pulses louder than pressing rain.
You will remember, not forget
Joy and Pain; glorious days of summer-time
past, and embrace future days of morning
sun, after moon serenades the stars tonight.

Love does not forget its heart-etched song;
Joy bursts through night and quenches the rain,
evaporates sorrowed time into exquisite golden morning.

***

This poetry form is called a Sestina, in which six words are repeated in an ordered sequence at the end of each line in each stanza, in the following format:
1 2 3 4 5 6         – End words of lines in first sestet.
6 1 5 2 4 3         – End words of lines in second sestet.
3 6 4 1 2 5         – End words of lines in third sestet.
5 3 2 6 1 4         – End words of lines in fourth sestet.
4 5 1 3 6 2         – End words of lines in fifth sestet.
2 4 6 5 3 1         – End words of lines in sixth sestet.
(6 2) (1 4) (5 3)   – Middle and end words of lines in tercet.

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22 Responses to Duet (a sestina)

  1. brian says:

    lovely…singing with therain is a nice early touch…also like etched in the motebook of time…keep a notebook with me always so i relate…really enjoyed your song….joy and pain tend to follow each other around eh?

  2. Claudia says:

    the sestina is a form i have big respect for and never tried one myself…yours is beautiful anna and the song carries through the rain to sunshine and joy again…keep on singing..

  3. “evaporates sorrowed time into exquisite golden morning.” Love that, so zen like!

  4. Beautiful. I’ve never tried the sestina form myself, but you’ve done a wonderful job here. Some of my favorite lines: “It’s not luck, a clover-leafed four! Get / the old tunes playing tonight / and let’s get out of the drenching rain.” and “joy will replace mourning,
    all pains will soon forget / they once were lyrics in a bleeding song.”

  5. C Rose says:

    Beautiful sestina, I admire those that can really nail down this form and you have done so well with this piece. Loved the imagery of renewal I felt as it came to close. Wonderfully done ~ Rose

  6. The fact that you even attempted this form, which absolutely makes my head spin, is a woop in itself! Ladies, I admire you for writing such a beautiful piece, without making it seem like a repetitive struggle. Bravo

  7. Wonderful. I’ve never heard of a sestina and they sound difficult to do, too. I love the follow through of light to dark, then back to light again. As life is a cycle, too.
    Lovely.

  8. Mama Zen says:

    “all pains will soon forget
    they once were lyrics in a bleeding song.”

    That’s gorgeous.

  9. Kelvin S. M. says:

    ..this is really interesting and fascinating… your words jived in very luscious tone.. perfect for a duet!

  10. Beautiful lines…in such a difficult form too…very ‘zen’ like & much enjoyed.

  11. I have so little knowledge of form, but this was enchanting, carried me through, loved this line: Love does not forget its heart-etched song

  12. Heaven says:

    Beautiful form and message too… you did this effortlessly.

    Like these lines:
    “Words whisper through time,
    through each sunrise. Each morning
    heralds a golden, hopeful song.”

  13. wolfsrosebud says:

    I enjoyed this line, “Love does not forget its heart-etched song;” which seemed to capture the poem.

  14. ayala says:

    I love this, I love the notebook of time…..”love does not forget its heart-etched song.”

  15. Steve E says:

    Timeless time. Timeless song of love–and memories!
    Glad you visited today. Thank you!
    PEACE!

    (OMG! I just cannot wrap my hed around poetic formulas!)

  16. Love the form, great job with it and super word choices and line structure. I like the power of FORGET you used in so many ways. Excellent.

    http://henryclemmonspoet.blogspot.com/2011/08/look-away-please.html

  17. Anna @ waysidewordgarden says:

    Thank you all so very much; I appreciate your kind comments!!

  18. Laurie Kolp says:

    Beautiful sestina, Anna… I especially like the last sestet.

  19. leslie says:

    i know so little about poetry and poetry forms, but i so appreciate the refrain in your poem, of joy that follows pain as morning follows night and sun follows rain. it encourages me…

  20. Kim Nelson says:

    This is a song, Anna; and the sestina form followed perfectly adds the back-beat that makes it soar. Lovely.

  21. Oh, this is lovely! It never occurred to me to do a sestina which is otherwise free verse (I mean except for the rhyme scheme). It works so beautifully, I can’t wait to try.

  22. you are such a gem poet.
    smiles.
    keep it up.

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