Monday, January 21, 2008

A SALUTE TO THE KING - A Poem of Thanks

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A SALUTE TO THE KING

Thank you Dr. King
for the prior and the latter Freedom you bring
Thank you Sir, earnestly, for everything

Thank you for walking fully into your purpose
Relinquishing all your earthly gems
Advocating for us, the good and the bad
past the understanding of mere men
Proving that despite the tremble of carnal flesh
the spirit within was fearless, tried and true
Proving with your actions that you loved us
even more than we’ve grown to adore you

Sir, I can only control me, same as my brethren,
So by example, I will not let your path paved for me be in vain
I’m making the most of your dream, your blood, your sweat, your tears
for your vision of me was much more than a mammy maid
Though the fight for equality has remained consistent and at times - inhumane
Were making strides towards U.S. presidency
business conglomeracy, and listed with other top millionaire names

You are a King past the surname
You are a courageous symbol to the oppressed soul
I am eternally grateful to you
your family, and your staff
for collectively raising us all to the next plateau

Thank you Dr. King
for the prior and the latter Freedom you bring;
Thank you Sir, earnestly, for everything!


QUOTES BY DR. KING:
Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent.

If we are to go forward, we must go back and rediscover those precious values - that all reality hinges on moral foundations and that all reality has spiritual control.

Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.

A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan.

A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.

If physical death is the price that I must pay to free my white brothers and sisters from a permanent death of the spirit, then nothing can be more redemptive.

A man who won't die for something is not fit to live.

Whatever your life's work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.


Tara S. Gause aka Poetic Goddess Tara Shenéa
© 2008. All Rights Reserved.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

HEADLINE NEWS...LOL! - A Clerihew

Clerihew

A Clerihew is a comic verse consisting of two couplets and a specific rhyming scheme, aabb invented by Edmund Clerihew Bentley (1875-1956) at the age of 16. The poem is about/deals with a person/character within the first rhyme. In most cases, the first line names a person, and the second line ends with something that rhymes with the name of the person.

Here are a few of mine:

HEADLINE NEWS…LOL!









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President Barack Hussein Obama!
Shaded children abroad believe “I can do it Mama!”
He loves all people, just like King
And that virtue is a powerful thing


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Cute-challenged Flavor Flav
will be ugly past the grave
Selling his greedy soul
by pimpin’ D-List hoes

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President Hillary Rodham Clinton!
Will be what they’ll be printing
Women will roar all across the land
and Bill will become the First Man


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Orenthel James Simpson
is yet again back in prison
For calling the “friend”
Who put him in


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Stewart Gilligan Griffin
Just don’t know what he is missing
Plotting his Mother’s death all the while
I’d whoop his little ass, if he were my child



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The Phenomenon that is Oprah Winfrey
has once again made history
in buying her own Network on TV
I just hope she’ll show, “You told Harpo to beat me!?”











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Tara S. Gause aka Poetic Goddess Tara Shenéa
© 2008. All Rights Reserved.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

HEAVEN - A Palindrome


PALINDROME

Also Known as Mirrored Poetry

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...


HEAVEN

There Is
Life Eternal
Many Mansions
Ancestors Smiling
Angels Singing
Golden Streets
Forever Peace
Jesus Lives Where
HEAVEN
Where Lives Jesus
Peace Forever
Streets Golden
Singing Angels
Smiling Ancestors
Mansions Many
Eternal Life
Is There

NEVAEH

reflection








Tara S. Gause aka Poetic Goddess Tara Shenéa
© 2008. All Rights Reserved.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

POETRÉ: The Love of My Life



Hello Blog visitors:
I've chosen to begin this year with poetic creativity in exploring various poetry forms. To begin my creative exploration, I'll begin with a
"PANTOUM" poem. The pantoum poem is of Malaysian origin circa 15th century. Please review and let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment. Or better yet, try one yourself; the instructions are listed below. Thank you and Happy New Year! It’s time to elevate in 2008!

~Poetic Goddess Tara Shenéa


The pantoum consists of a series of quatrains rhyming ABAB in which the second and fourth
lines of a quatrain recur as the first and third lines in the succeeding quatrain; each quatrain
introduces a new second rhyme as BCBC, CDCD. The first line of the series recurs as the
last line of the closing quatrain, and third line of the poem recurs as the second line of the
closing quatrain, rhyming ZAZA.

The design is simple:

Line 1
Line 2
Line 3
Line 4

Line 5 (repeat of line 2)
Line 6
Line 7 (repeat of line 4)
Line 8

Continue with as many stanzas as you wish, but the ending stanza then repeats the second
and fourth lines of the previous stanza (as its first and third lines), and also repeats the
third line of the first stanza, as its second line, and the first line of the first stanza as its
fourth. So the first line of the poem is also the last.

Here is my rendition:



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I’ve fallen in love with poetry more than a thousand times
With its freedom disguised in prose and rhyme
The imagination, the flows and sundry messages so innate
The love of my life is poetry, my textual soul mate

With its freedom disguised in prose and rhyme
The beautiful art form of poetry is simply divine
The love of my life is poetry, my textual soul mate
Poetry is more than my lover but a means to communicate

The beautiful art form of poetry is simply divine
Poetic forms are Acrostic all the way to ZaniLa Rhyme
Poetry is more than my lover but a means to communicate
The wonder of poetry is birthed in a writer’s soul and manifests in the world poetry creates

Poetic forms are Acrostic all the way to ZaniLa Rhyme
The imagination, the flows and sundry messages so innate
The wonder of poetry is birthed in a writer’s soul and manifests in the world poetry creates
I’ve fallen in love with poetry more than a thousand times

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Tara S. Gause aka Poetic Goddess Tara Shenéa
© 2008. All Rights Reserved.

Friday, January 04, 2008

Q. T. L. Syllabic Wordplay


Quinzaine

The English word quinzaine come from the French word qunize, meaning fifteen. A quinzaine is an unrhymed verse of fifteen syllables. These syllables are distributed among three lines so that there are seven syllables in the first line, five in the second line and three in the third line (7/5/3). The first line makes a statement. The next two lines ask a question relating to that statement.

PURPOSE

I am the chosen of God
Are you the chosen?
Were you called?


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Tetractys

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 be reversed and written 10, 4, 3, 2, 1.

Double Tetractys: 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 10, 4, 3, 2, 1

Triple Tetractys: 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 10, 4, 3, 2, 1, 1, 2, 3, 4, 10

and so on.

"Euclid, the mathematician of classical times, considered the number series 1, 2, 3, 4 to have mystical significance because its sum is 10, so he dignified it with a name of its own - Tetractys. 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

I LOVE YOU

I
love you.
Your passion
emanates smoke
Every time your lips speak those words, I float.

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Lanturne

The Lanturne is a five-line verse shaped like a Japanese lantern with a syllabic pattern of one, two, three, four, one.

TRUE LOVE

Love
making
in its most
purest state lacks
Lust








Tara S. Gause aka Poetic Goddess Tara Shenéa
© 2008. All Rights Reserved.
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