Memory Banks (Rondel Grande)

Memory Banks (Rondel Grande)

we no longer build palaces
we don’t know the epics by heart
names and faces are challenges
Plato blamed writing for its start
but we don’t remember

mere parlor tricks or prodigies—
certainly not regular folks—
not commonplace, but oddities
to recall what was once well known
but we don’t remember

4-18-2020

What is a rondel grande?

NaPoWriMo #17

Never Be The Same (Triolet)

Never Be The Same (Triolet)

I know things can never be the same
I just want to believe they’ll be good
will there be a scar? lifelong pain?
I know things can never be the same
will I limp, hobbled by memory’s blame?
will I ever taste sweetness again, or just this wormwood?
I know things can never be the same
I just want to believe they’ll be good

4-12-2020

What is a triolet?

NaPoWriMo #12

Hugin and Munin (decima Italiana)

Ache beats and batters like Mjöllnir,
Returning to its master’s hand
To hammer again while Loki sneers
As each thunderous blow lands.
The spear-gashes curtain the eyes
And slick the sword-grip, slip the stance.
Will the bear-shirts ever wear out?
Will the memory-maddened trance
Yield to oblivion and fade out?
When will the bruises dim more than rise?

5-8-2019

Prompt

What is a decima Italiana?

To Lefty (Ottava Rima)

Poem-a-Day Challenge #11: Dedication Poem

Living in a chilly Cleveland hotel––
With its quiet echoes of memories––
Has to be its own special kind of hell:
Singing the blues all night can’t set you free.
The old grays’ stories of kindness retell
Their own sad, dusty, difficult stories.
The wind as cold as Pancho makes you face
The one thing you need most: forgiving grace.

4-11-2019

Prompt

What is an Ottava Rima?