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cabcool
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Jamaica
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Poetry Contest

Create an octet on any theme.

The octet is simply a diminishing octave, a form introduced by Dr Laura Andersson.  It is:
○ an octastich, an 8-line poem.
○ a syllabic arrangement with a diminishing count of 8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 syllables per line.
○ unrhymed (try rhyming, if you so desire, but this is optional).
○ a variable structure, which allows it to be written as a mirror having 15 or 16 lines (depending on whether you pivot on line 8).
○ reversible, with an ascending syllabic count of 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8 (which may also be mirrored).

2 entries TOTAL per poet
1 trophy for a simple octet
1 trophy for a mirrored octet

2 weeks

HAVE FUN!

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AspergerPoet56
Dangerous Mind
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cabcool
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Thanks for your entry, AspergerPoet56.  Hopefully it is the forerunner of many to come in this forum.
Let me PM you about some important details.

Sincerely

cab

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David_Macleod
David Macleod
Tyrant of Words
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Mirrored Dream

I also had a dream last night
not comparing to Rev King
but I saw a world where
The disabled were not
stared at like freaks
ostracized
retards
Lame

ducks
cripples
in exile
I had a dream
disability
unseen instead normal
we crave for normality
love, compassion, I had a dream
Written by David_Macleod (David Macleod)
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cabcool
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Wow, David:   great entry!
Thanks for your contribution.

May good prospects attend you in this competition.

cab

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Ely
E.A.Rothwell
Dangerous Mind
Mexico
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Musings...Octet

While I lounge here in my fat chair
looking at a beachy scene...
with table and two chairs.
Day is sunny...surf
sighs gently...sands
sing softly
swaying
palms
time
moves on
outside my  
door. Always, they
are in a hurry...
they've no idea what for.
Life should be for living now,
too often there just is no more.  
Written by Ely (E.A.Rothwell)
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cabcool
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This is a smooth one, Ely!

Thanks for your entry.  All the best for the winnings.

cab

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cabcool
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feed the hungry

an octet

Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least
of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
Matt. 25:40 (KJV)

b u t
s e e i n g,
they see  not,
f o r  the  hungry
scramble for the crumbs
that fall from their t a b l e s,
while fat mongrels lick their sores.
flatulence   a n d   belches seize  them;
a l l  their riches  cannot  please  them:
tho’ they have, they envy more.
still,  they  are  not  a b l e,
when the conflict comes,
themselves  to  free
from the knots
o f   mean
g u t s.

© Copyright 2019 June 29
by Clyve A. Bowen♫
Written by cabcool
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Ely
E.A.Rothwell
Dangerous Mind
Mexico
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Octet... But, don't take it to court...

I  
believe,  
is a weak  
disputation  
yet belief wants no  
proving, it won't work... the
ob-vi-ous fu-ti-li-ty  
yields naught but wasted energy.
Written by Ely (E.A.Rothwell)
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cabcool
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Thanks for your 2nd piece, Ely.
I can see you have your eyes of 2 trophies!  What's there to stop you?

Best wishes.

cab

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cabcool
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harvest hymn

an octet

Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days. Eccl. 11:1 (KJV)

i would serve a better purpose
if i lived my life on earth
seeking the lowly and
feeding the hungry
not expecting
recompense
for my
deeds
seeds
of nigh
prevalence
not excepting
that which is worthy
shall make the barren land
blossom with amazing worth
when the Master yields the surplus

© Copyright 2019 June 10
by Clyve A. Bowen
Written by cabcool
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mel44
Fire of Insight
United Kingdom
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Polluted Past

Some histories can often mar
this chronicle, my memoir
woefully playing star
a past not so far
nor up to par
leaves a scar
branded
marked
stranded
ever more
aged premature
shame I cannot cure
of this I will assure
a woman now insecure
my innocence no longer pure
Written by mel44
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cabcool
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Bravo, mel44!

Content, form, poise, message, impact -- all jostle for supremacy in this mirrored, rhymed octet.

Thank you for your entry.  May the best octets (simple and mirrored) occupy optimal office in the order of opinion.

cab

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berea440oh
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While We Were Both Posing Nude For Art Class

  It was while we were both posing
      nude for art class that I had
           suddenly felt her hand
               going down my leg
                   and to this one
                     certain stiff
                         rod of
                         mine.
Written by berea440oh
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Josh
Dangerous Mind
Portugal
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Splendid Timing

New
grand-child
yesterday
fourth of July
born on the same day
sixty-three years ago
as myself - how cool is that?
Splendid timing, Noah Joseph.
Written by Josh
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