Champion (Italian Sonnet)

For Deanna

The dust runs trembling, escaping the horde:
Horizon-hiding, all-defying foes.
The drumbeat––marching feet––felt in my toes,
My heart long since migrated to the north.
My guts now water, my throat dry and sore:
Breath gasping, voice rasping, my blood runs cold.
What strength I had replaced by fear that grows,
Waiting for their champion to come forth.
Then, breaking ranks, my own hero appears:
Neither armed nor armored nor skilled in war
Instead armed and armored and skilled in love.
No keening war-cry cuts the air, but near,
Whispering courage in my ear before
The fear brings me to the dust, given up.

7-9-2019

What is an Italian Sonnet?

Government (Terzanelle)

How do you feel when you hear there’s a king?
One who conquers the nations and who reigns
On high with happiness unwavering?

Do you clap your hands? Does your heart feel pangs
At the thought of a Sovereign like this?
One who conquers the nations and who reigns

Lives in eternal, unchanging bliss
And blesses His people with His love.
At the thought of a Sovereign like this

What melody gushes out, when hearing of
Authority with kindness, power that serves
And blesses His people with His love?

What response would such a king deserve?
We should behold in laughing wonder
Authority with kindness, power that serves,

Glory that eagerly soothes and thunders.
How do you feel when you hear there’s a king?

We should behold in laughing wonder
On high with happiness unwavering.

4-18-2019

What is a Terzanelle?

Catch His Eye (Spenserian Stanza)

Poem-a-Day Challenge #16 (Two for Tuesday): Catch Poem or Release Poem

You don’t have to wonder if you’ll catch his eye;
Forget makeup; forget the fancy clothes.
There’s no need to fuss; there’s no need to try
To get or keep his attention; he knows
Precisely who you are, and even though
He bears no obligation to notice you
He sets his affection on you and throws
Off hindrances to believing he’s true
And destroys your fears that his love will ever cool.

4-17-2019

Prompt

What is a Spenserian Stanza?