Song of Songs–a Sestina for dVerse


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Song of Songs
a Sestina

All the world’s a stage set to music.
You stroke my life like strings of Your guitar.
We’re born to fly so Your touch of gentleness
sounds a chord in my core that thrills.
Round and round You lead me in a dance—
the whirling rhythm swirls in my heart.

Rejoice, oh world; you hold grief in your heart.
Defy those who claim silence lacks all music.
Refute the clowns who refuse to dance—
Who, though called to joy, strum a dirge on their guitars.
Avoid the fool who rejects life’s thrill,
who sinks into the void with gentleness.

At dawn, mockingbird chants a song of gentleness
awakens the earth, enlivens her heart.
You stir in my Spirit-womb, Your Presence thrills.
Your promised love resounds of music,
Your hands play me as You would play Your guitar.
Our beings entwine and we enter the dance.

The earth and stars conspire to join the dance.
Ocean waves lick the sands with gentleness,
winds pluck the strings of willow tree guitars
while rain plants seeds in Earth—the Mother’s heart.
By day, the sun sings bliss—at night moon-music
plays arpeggios You designed to thrill.

I hear the door You open with a thrill,
arise to greet Your entry with a dance,
breath in the air You fill with sounds of music,
surrender to the call of gentleness,
responding to the rhythm of Your heart—
the wild beat of a classical guitar.

Submit my soul to music, the stroke of Your guitar,
Your voice, Your gentleness, never fail to thrill.
I yield to the tempo of your dance, lay down my heart.

Thanks to Gay (Hollyheir) and Matt Quinn who posted this challenging prompt over at dVerse’s Form for All.  http://dversepoets.com  I hope to see many joining us at the Pub.

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24 thoughts on “Song of Songs–a Sestina for dVerse

  1. christine says:

    The earth and stars conspire to join the dance…love this, thanks for your comments, I found this very challenging to write.

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  2. DW says:

    submit my soul to music…such beauty in your words…

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  3. christi moon says:

    Nice Sestina Victoria! my favorite line:

    winds pluck the strings of willow tree guitars

    beautiful! xC.

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  4. This one has a swagger. You not only followed form, but employed form as a vehicle to speak something worthy. Great job.

    http://henryclemmons.wordpress.com/2011/08/27/poets-reach/#comments

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  5. Baishali says:

    fantastic – the theme, the form … kudos

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  6. Lyrical poetry about music. Ironic, yet not really…

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  7. fantastic – so well conceived and delivered with finesse – a joy to read

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  8. leah says:

    This was delightful and endearing post this prompt. #Refreshing

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  9. I love this: “Refute the clowns who refuse to dance—
    Who, though called to joy, strum a dirge on their guitars.”

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  10. tigerbrite says:

    These are real brain teasers aren’t they? But once completed are so dreamy, it must be the repetition. This is quite lovely.

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  11. Window Lad says:

    Miss Victoria, your Sestina is very passionate and fascinating. It gives me more ways to read it again and again until i’m fully satisfied. It has this uplifting feeling to me which makes this Sestina a comfort to read. I am really amazed at how many great people done their Sestina in different, adorable ways and your was not an exception. Adorable!(:

    Good day!

    ~Kelvin

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  12. mbwilliams says:

    A melodic, entrancing poem – I loved it

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  13. David King says:

    Superb. Ticks all the boxes for me.

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  14. vivinfrance says:

    Victoria, this has to be the best sestina I’ve ever read. I love the love in it, the music, and above all, the poetry.

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  15. The earth and stars conspire to join the dance.
    Ocean waves lick the sands with gentleness,
    winds pluck the strings of willow tree guitars
    while rain plants seeds in Earth—the Mother’s heart.
    By day, the sun sings bliss—at night moon-music
    plays arpeggios You designed to thrill.

    Dance on, this was lovely!

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  16. Sestina is the most difficult form ever…… Your “Song of Songs” is so smooth that if I had not known it was a sestina I would not have noticed the repetitious words at all. That is so hard to pull off and requires immense talent to engross a reader that deeply. Well done, Victoria…….. 🙂

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  17. I love the soft flow of this and the references to music and dance. You’ve taken a very difficult form and made it into a beautiful, gentle song of praise. Lovely, Victoria.

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  18. Laurie Kolp says:

    Victoria- I love the lilting sway within this very difficult form. The tercet rocks!

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  19. rmpWritings says:

    a beautiful poem. i have always found amazing peace in music; i often look to it to soothe my troubled soul. and kudos on forming a lovely sestina; it is quite a challenging form. (on a side note, i really want that pink guitar…i can’t play a lick, but still…)

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  20. edpilolla says:

    the strong love comes through here and is inspiring.

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  21. Bodhirose says:

    This just made my soul soar! If only all of the world could sing this song…

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  22. brian says:

    nice…love how the natural world leads the way in the dance…as that is often where i find my rhythm….some great touches through out victoria…nice title as well which brings out the spiritual aspect…

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  23. hollyheir says:

    Victoria, this is gorgeous. It is indeed a psalm – glory sung and danced on earth between the sun and stars and the spirit. It is a celebration of life because life is where the core of everything lies and in its pulse we are allowed to know all that the spirit can tell (or should I have capitalized that?) Wonderful use of the form!

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  24. poemblaze says:

    Thanks for posting your Sestina. You did a fine job with a difficult form!

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