All Hallows’ Eve (seadna poem)

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All Hallows’ Eve

Dark shadows creep from far away
Beware of the falling night
Put on your armor, child, prepare
To fight, persevere in plight

 

This short poem is my attempt at seadna. It seemed fitting to try an Irish poetic form on Halloween that has its roots in Celtic culture.

Happy Halloween!

Here are the (somewhat complicated) guidelines for writing a seadna:

  • Quatrain (or four-line) stanzas
  • Eight syllables in lines one and three; seven syllables in lines two and four
  • Lines one and three end with a 2-syllable word; lines two and four end with a one-syllable word
  • Lines two and four end rhyme with each other
  • The final word of the first line alliterates with the first stressed word of the second line
  • The third line rhymes with the stressed word preceding the last word of the stanza…
  • …and all three of those words alliterate with each other

Give it a go.

Image by Jill Wellington from Pixabay

 

Would You? (poem)

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Would you let me kill you
because you’re small,
black,
white,
missing the right
genes,
because you fall
short of what I expect,
because I detect
no use in your existence,
because you’re young,
old,
frail,
show no resistance,
because you’re a child,
a woman,
a man?
Would you let me kill you
because I can?

 

“Promote the value of all life, regardless of stage of development, race, age, gender, or ability.” 

 

Image by debowscyfoto from Pixabay

Happy October

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Holy is this fall
with its sparkling leaves
coming down on us
from the maple trees.
With its dazzling smile
midst the clouds of gray
holy is this sun…
Blessed is this day.

Carpe diem, friend,
for they come and fleet—
yester days and leaves—
dust beneath our feet.
While today is here
let us simply be.
Carpe diem, come,
catch this day with me.

 

© 2013 Sasha A. Palmer

Image: © 2018 Nino Chakvetadze, reproduced with permission.