The End of a Line – A Décima Poem

The End of a Line

Enshrine their, her, and his story.

While they bathed the ages in lye.

one still in iron, one a tie,

one a boss, one inventory.

One has choice, one mandatory.

One in front, the other the back.

The line starts here and ends in black.

The future is rising, grab that ring.

Make lady justice’s scale swing.

No slowing down, stay the attack.

 

HERE is some of my recent poetry related to Black Lives Matter to scroll through.

 

My entry for this week’s Décima Poetry Challenge No. 11 STORY. (A New Challenge here on ronovanwrites.com)

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Ronovan Writes Décima Poetry Challenge Prompt No. 11 (STORY). This week, it’s the A or C rhyme line.

Welcome to the Décima Poetry Challenge. Each week we’ll be attempting a Décima, also known as an Espinela, poem.

To read poems so far entered this week, click HERE to go to the comment section.

If you don’t know how to write a Décima, click HERE to go to a post on how to write one.

Or…

Keep reading and find out, with an example included.


One last thing before we jump in the creativity pool, check out my weekly Haiku Challenge that often has prompts (Face&Change this week) that share a central theme, at least in my head, with the Décima Poetry Challenge prompt.


Back to our schedule Décima Poetry Challenge how to and whatnot.

If you can’t come up with a Décima using the given prompt, you can use a Synonym instead. I don’t want to stall your creativity, and with the possibility of a synonym, you will certainly write something amazing…or in my case, something that rhymes.

Sites to help:

RhymeZone.com
Thesaurus.com
HowManySyllables.com

Here is the quick description of a Décima:

There are 10 lines of poetry that rhyme. 8 syllables.
There is a set rhyming pattern we must stick to. abbaaccddc

The prompt word given (in the post heading) must appear at the end of one of the given rhyme lines, either A, B, C, or D.

Let’s look at the rhyme pattern once again and you will see what I mean.

The rhyming pattern is abbaaccddc.

For example, if I say, “(NAME) This week it’s the A rhyme line” in the post heading, my Décima might be:

You took time, with a deadeye aim,
because you saw me scratch an itch,
this wound to my head needs a stitch.
Feel so bad, don’t know my own name.
Not hiding, because there’s no shame.
Get ready for when I get healed,
for your ending will be revealed.
It’s too late when you hear the crack.
That’s when it’s time for some payback.
Then I’ll be carried far afield.

Notice the example prompt word ‘name’ is in the fourth line A spot, and its rhymes are in lines one and five, matching the rhyming pattern of abbaaccddc.

For today’s challenge, the word STORY must be one of the A or C line words. Then the other A or C line(s) word(s) must rhyme with STORY.

Sometimes you break the rhyme into two stanzas using the following rhyme pattern. abba/accddc.

Once you complete your poem and post it on your blog, copy the link and place it in the comments in this post. That way other people can visit your post and check out your poem. You can also put the link of this challenge in your post to let your followers know where to go if they want to participate. This is called a Pingback. This is not mandatory to join in or to put your post link in the comments. Click HERE to find out how to do a Pingback, if you don’t already know how.

Reblogging is great as well.

Some people like to copy and paste the challenge image into their posts. That’s okay with me.

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simple living…haiku

Hello to all my poetry-loving friends. Please visit this poets blog and love her poetry. She has been with my Haiku Challenge for years. A loyal person indeed. Show her talent some love.

To Wear A Rainbow

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nature’s wrath

changing the face of the earth

time to simplify living

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the earth burns – a haiku poem

winds of change begin

from east to west and beyond,

earth’s face turns and  burns
 
 

A Haiku for my challenge this week: Change & Face.

Tuesday Poetry. Standard Image.

 

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change facer – a haiku poem

to face the nation

each one of us must reflect

our reason to change

 
 

A Haiku for my challenge this week: Change & Face.

Standard Monday Poetry Image

 

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Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 311 Change&Face

Please come by on Wednesday for the new Décima Poetry Challenge (STORY) is the word this week. I sometimes have the prompt related to the Haiku words. It’s kind of fun to have the two work together in your own poetry.

Click those links to love…

some great Haiku. Click HERE to get to the comments below.

How to write Haiku in English. And how to do a Pingback.

Useful Links.
Thesaurus: Change, Face
HowManySyllables.com
Thesaurus.com
Merriam-Webster Dictionary

The Guidelines:

  1. Take the two words and write a Haiku. I use Haiku in English as my style, which is 5 syllables for the first line, 7 for the second, and 5 for the third, but you can use what you like.
    • The link above has links on how to write Haibun and Tanka. You can also do the 3/5/3 form if you like instead of the 5/7/5 that I usually use. Write, share, and have fun. For syllable help, visit HowManySyllables.com. (You would be surprised at how many syllables some words actually have.)
    • Words have different definitions and you use the definitions that work for you Haiku. You can also use SYNONYMS. Go to Thesaurus.com for synonym help.
  1. Copy the link of your finished haiku URL and paste in a comment below so we can all go and visit your Haiku.
    • You can do a pingback. What’s a pingback? Place the URL from the address bar up top from this post as a link within your post. Your inclusion of the link encourages others to try the challenge, be creative, and join a community to find friends and more followers (hopefully). I honestly gain nothing with more people visiting the post. I don’t have ads running that generates revenue by your visit or by clicks on whatever WordPress has put up.
    • Click HERE for a detailed post on PINGBACKS.
  2. If you like, copy the image in this post and place it within their post, just to show the Haiku is part of this challenge.
    • I am not saying you need or even should, but if you would like to do so then go ahead.
  3. The Challenge currently BEGINS at 8 AM EST (New York City time) on Mondays. And a DEADLINE is Noon EST (New York City time) on the Sunday following the Challenge Post release.


The Challenge Words!

Change&Face

Not sure how to write a Haiku? Click HERE for a quick How to write Haiku Poem in English Form with links to posts for other forms of Haiku.

Much Respect-Much Love

Ronovan


 


 

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life’s cycle – a haiku poem

samhradh’s sweet first day,

is time of birth and searching,

yields to cloak and death

 

 


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My Silence to not be a Hypocrite Racist.

To Those Of You Who Visit,

(So far today, no one has clicked on the Juneteenth links to discover the history of the day. I am a bit disappointed.)

In the USA yesterday, which was June 19, 2020, there were celebrations, known as Juneteenth, across the country in honor of slavery being abolished in the US.

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.  Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. ” – Juneteenth.com

Do visit the site and learn interesting details. I studied Reconstruction history at university and was never made aware of the date or the delay in Texas. But, it was mostly focused on the political and social reconstruction in states the government of the time directed their attention to.

Some of my regular visitors to the blog may have noticed I did not post anything special in honor of this day. This might seem odd, considering my various poetry challenges’ prompt words for the past several weeks have been specifically geared toward the current protest and #BlackLivesMatter movement. My blog is pretty much my only way to physically support any kind of movement. Well, here and my Social Media, from which I do occasionally Tweet African American authors free kindle books I come across AND get myself. I’m not going to promote unless the book has good reviews, otherwise, I think I am, in some ways, being racist.

All of that to say the following. The reason I didn’t post yesterday was that I felt it somewhat hypocritical of me, as a White man, or a person of any skin color than black, to post my support when I have done nothing until recently in support of the cause of equality for all.  To post would, to me, feel as though I were being racist somehow. Almost taking advantage of something that was not mine to bring visitors to my blog.

None of the above paragraph would have been my intent. However, until I have been consistent and intentional in my support of equality for all, I have no right to jump on a wagon that I am not pulling.

Respectfully,

Ronovan – An Awakening White Man

 

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Amaze Me – A Poem

How you amaze me
Every day
I think of ways
You give me life and meaning

 

No one who
Could be like you
And not change me

 

How you amaze me
How you amaze me
How  you amaze me

 

I travel through
a black blue sea
until I can be
just one of your days

 

Finding words
Like pulling nerves
Too many and all painful
Just let me be pain free
Once in my life

 

How you amaze me
How you amaze me
How you amaze me

 

Just once in my life
Make me pain free.

 

 

I used to call these my lyrical poems. I suppose all poems are lyrical…with the right accompaniment. What you see is what came out as it came out.

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A Racist Confessed – A Décima Poem

A Racist Confessed

I confess that I’m a racist.

Looking away from bigotry.

Angry at one man’s bended knee.

Knowing that blue on black exists.

Hoping proof shows the black resists.

Loving the colors of all skin?

Bet on who I’ll blame the break-in.

Time all these lies become past tense.

Pray man comes to a common sense.

Confess we’ve held down our own kin

 

This Décima was inspired by this week’s Décima by Vocabularical (Is that not the best name for a wordsmith?)-  Décima Challenge: Sense. That’s the name of his entry post. Click it and you will not be disappointed. I reblogged it here on my blog, but he deserves to have it read where it lives. Please do go and read it. It will hit some of you right between the eyes.

 

HERE is some of my recent poetry related to Black Lives Matter to scroll through.

 

My entry for this week’s Décima Poetry Challenge No. 10 SENSE. (A New Challenge here on ronovanwrites.com)

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A Poem of Challenges…

a voice from on high

raining down over blind hearts

 the shared truth triumphs

 

The mind plus the heart makes for change.

A whisper of placation will do,

as will just praying from your pew.

Groupthink who buys that…will derange.

Those aware are bound to outrange.

Fools who hate, fear, and deny,

why degenerate, prove your why?

He’s in his fortress, while you fight?

Him or the blood, you know which’s right.

For him, no grace, a nation’s cry.

pensitivity three things challenge logo

for my Haiku Challenge this week: Share & Voice, and my Décima Poetry Challenge No. 10 SENSE. and Pensitivity’s Three Things Challeng #270 Grace, Fortress, and Whisper.

 

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Décima Challenge: Sense

Read this second. It’s the second part of the haiku-decima offering by Vocabularical.

vocabularical

How can you now acknowledge me?
We meet, we laugh, we chat, we work,
Oddly–your attention does irk:
Past treatment: I, the absentee…
Amaze me, protest attendee!
Raise sign and megaphone for prize!
Flaunt flashy badge: “we are allies!”
Part of me does take great offense.
Progress is pain makes poignant sense;
Past yet present: action belies…

Ronovanwrites Décima Poetry Challenge Prompt No. 10 (Sense)

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Ronovan Writes Décima Poetry Challenge Prompt No. 10 (SENSE). This week, it’s the D rhyme spot.

Welcome to the Décima Poetry Challenge. Each week we’ll be attempting a Décima, also known as an Espinela, poem. If you don’t know how to write a Décima, click HERE to go to a post on how to write one.

This week I decided to link the Haiku Challenge Prompt words with the Décima prompt. You don’t have to do so, but if you want to try, all you do is write one of them, and then stay along the same theme when writing the other. Just make sure to put the appropriate link in the appropriate challenge comments. Click HERE to go to the Haiku Challenge for this week.

 

You can now use the

Synonym

of the Prompt Word. This will make for variety and a bit more freedom to fully get your message across.

I’m not doing this just because this week’s Prompt word is a bit difficult. I intend to use it for my Décima. However, this freedom in the Haiku Challenges over the years has produced some great poetry.

 

Here is the quick description of a Décima:

There are 10 lines (stanza) of poetry that rhyme but in this case, there is a set rhyming pattern we must stick to.
In addition, each line must only have 8 syllables.
The rhyme pattern is;
a
b
b
a
a
c
c
d
d
c

For this particular challenge, the word SENSE must be one of the D position words. Then the other D position(s) word(s) must rhyme with SENSE.

Sometimes you break the rhyme into two stanzas using the following rhyme pattern. abba/accddc.

This week is the 

D rhyme spot.

This week’s inspiration is to use

SENSE

as one of your “D” words, and meaning you use SENSE in one spot, and its rhyme in the other.

If you are having a bit of trouble with this prompt, just write whatever you are inspired to do as long as it is a Décima.

Tools you might need to write the poem are:
RhymeZone.com,
Thesaurus.com
HowManySyllables.com.

Once you complete your poem and post it on your blog, copy the link and place it in the comments in this post. That way other people can visit your post and check out your poem. You can also put a link, Pingback, of this challenge in your post, to let your followers know where to go if they want to participate., but this is not a must to join in.

If you choose to put the link in your post, this is a Ping Back. Click HERE to find out how to do a Pingback, if you have never done one before. Basically, any time you click on a link in an article or post, that’s a Ping Back.

Please share this post on your Social Media, such as Twitter or FB. As with the pingback, this is not a requirement. Reblogging is great as well.

Some people also like to copy the challenge image into their posts. That’s okay with me.

Ronovan Writes Decima Challenge Image

unrequited voice

Read this one first, it’s a connected to the Decima challenge poem.

vocabularical

sudden selfish share:
unsolicited feelings–
unrequited voice

Ronovanwrites Weekly Haiku Challenge

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a whispered symphony – a haiku poem

in the garden a voice
leads a whispered symphony
to share with the world
 
 

A Haiku for my challenge this week: Share & Voice.

Can you find Blue Bells four little friends?

whispered symphony image impressionist

Tuesday Poetry. Standard Image.

 

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a good time – a haiku poem

voice frustrations while

picking up good pulsations

shares stimulations
 
 

Name that inspiration in the comments below.

 

A Haiku for my challenge this week: Share & Voice.

Tuesday Poetry. Standard Image.

 

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Hello

Visit this blog and do a little introduction. Oh, and the Haiku is cool too.

ToldbyHarris

Written in response to:
Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt#Challenge 310 Share&Voice

If you read this Haiku let me know in the comments what the last movie is you watched or the last book you read so I can get to know you a little better 🙂

For me The King of Staten Island was the last movie I watched and I am currently reading Dare to Lead by Brené Brown selected for a book club at work!

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Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 310 Share&Voice

We already have some FUN Haiku this week. Visit the comments and check them all. Just click HERE to jump to THERE.

Please come by on Wednesday for the new Décima Poetry Challenge. I sometimes have the prompt related to the Haiku words. It’s kind of fun to have the two work together in your own poetry.

How to write Haiku in English. And how to do a Pingback.

Remember to come back and visit the comments section during the week for your fellow poets’ entries!

Useful Links.
Thesaurus: Share, Voice
HowManySyllables.com
Thesaurus.com
Merriam-Webster Dictionary

The Guidelines:

  1. Take the two words and write a Haiku. I use Haiku in English as my style, which is 5 syllables for the first line, 7 for the second, and 5 for the third, but you can use what you like.
    • The link above has links on how to write Haibun and Tanka. You can also do the 3/5/3 form if you like instead of the 5/7/5 that I usually use. Write, share, and have fun. For syllable help, visit HowManySyllables.com. (You would be surprised at how many syllables some words actually have.)
    • Words have different definitions and you use the definitions that work for you Haiku. You can also use SYNONYMS. Go to Thesaurus.com for synonym help.
  1. Copy the link of your finished haiku URL and paste in a comment below so we can all go and visit your Haiku.
    • You can do a pingback. What’s a pingback? Place the URL from the address bar up top from this post as a link within your post. Your inclusion of the link encourages others to try the challenge, be creative, and join a community to find friends and more followers (hopefully). I honestly gain nothing with more people visiting the post. I don’t have ads running that generates revenue by your visit or by clicks on whatever WordPress has put up.
    • Click HERE for a detailed post on PINGBACKS.
  2. If you like, copy the image in this post and place it within their post, just to show the Haiku is part of this challenge.
    • I am not saying you need or even should, but if you would like to do so then go ahead.
  3. The Challenge currently BEGINS at 8 AM EST (New York City time) on Mondays. And a DEADLINE is Noon EST (New York City time) on the Sunday following the Challenge Post release.


The Challenge Words!

Share&Voice

Not sure how to write a Haiku? Click HERE for a quick How to write Haiku Poem in English Form with links to posts for other forms of Haiku.

Much Respect-Much Love

Ronovan


 


 

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THE DC MEN- A Décima Poem

The DC Men

‘The powers that be’ say stay calm,

and wait till a little later.

But now’s the time that is greater.

Keep 119:60 a just Psalm,

carried out in your righteous palm.

Look at that divinely sent ten.

Are they kept bye those DC men?

If only they’d done as they should

we would be saying ‘all is good’,

But now….off to the lion’s den.

 

 

I used LATER as a Synonym for NEXT. I didn’t like the first poem I put out.

HERE is some of my recent poetry related to Black Lives Matter to scroll through.

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My entry for this week’s Décima Poetry Challenge No. 9 NEXT. (A New Challenge here on ronovanwrites.com)

 

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Forensic Goof- A Décima Poem

Forensic Goof

You thought your term was bulletproof.

Then there’re rumors of your sext text.

So what’re you going to do next.

You’re now a political goof,

turned into an SNL spoof.

But with a  big enough check.

you’ll save this runaway trainwreck.

The New York Times puts it in print,

On no, here comes the New Your Post.

Now you’re thinking of that almost.

That check you wrote… has your thumbprint.

 

My entry for this week’s Décima Poetry Challenge No. 9 NEXT. (A New Challenge here on ronovanwrites.com)

I did around four other poems but they were too serious. I wanted something light and maybe a bit funny this week. So after two hours, a night of sleep, and another 30 minutes, you get that.

 

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