Poetry 14, 2014


Upon the nighttime lost among the reeds
there sits a lady crying silently
and to the gods above she simply pleads

“The midnight tears I’ve cried so piously
have hardly from the heavens pulled thy gaze;
my people are still fighting violently!

“Please save us from our enemies’ malaise;
deliver us unto thy holy mount
and we shall ever render you our praise.”

From always present day the gods look down
and gently lift her words into their arms.
“We’ve heard your sad and desperate account

“and we must give into your simple charms.
We raise you up to kings victorious,
so brace your royal court against alarm.”

The lady warrior, now glorious,
stands tall among the reeds where she did cry
and gives her foes her sword notorious.

As moonlit glint of blade draws darkness nigh
she yells, “Here! Tooth for tooth and eye for eye!”

Prompt: Terza rima was created by Italian poet Dante in the late 13th century for his epic poem The Divine Comedy. It’s composed of “tercets woven into a rhyme scheme that requires the end-word of the second line in one tercet to supply the rhyme for the first and third lines in the following tercet.” It’s sometimes considered too difficult to use this structure in English, but do it anyway! Write a poem in terza rima. NaPoWriMo

Viannah E. Duncan

Viannah E. Duncan is a writer and activist hailing originally from Los Angeles. She lives outside of Baltimore, Maryland, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University. She has a cat, Cleo.

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