Transience–dVerse Poetry Form: Sestina

Photo: Victoria Slotto

A Sestina—Iambic Tetrameter

How nature’s wonders haunt my daytime dreams,
ensnare my thoughts in utter timelessness.
They weave a web that captivates my soul,
a harsh reminder of life’s transience.
Our days are few, earth’s beauty delicate.
Creation holds the promise of demise.

A hawk swoops in, ensuring swift demise,
awakens morning from her sultry dreams.
soon feathers fly, then cries so delicate,
the world stands still, enwrapped in timelessness.
A fledgling dies—once more its transience,
a piecing wound emerging in my soul.

I look to nature to caress my soul,
to find an answer in the bird’s demise,
to understand this brutal transience,
her need to shatter hopes born of my dreams.
A full moon whispers silent timelessness,
like breezes sifting sand-thoughts, delicate.

A meadow boasting colors, delicate;
her flowers wave their greetings to my soul.
Year after year they speak of timelessness,
return to face, once more, a quick demise.
Within earth’s womb, do seedlings dare to dream,
accept their fate, their fragile transience?

All life is brief, a cruel transience,
the thread that holds me here, so delicate
almost as though I am, myself, a dream,
a mere illusion that contains a soul.
I can’t ignore my soon-to-be demise,
would I could float in blissful timelessness.

The truth imparts ecstatic timelessness,
enduring words that trump mere transience
and thus outweigh the harshness of demise,
imparting strength to spirits delicate.
Though understanding little of the soul,
I dare to touch eternity, to dream.

My nighttime dreams give way to timelessness,
delivering my soul from transience.
This beauty, delicate, knows no demise.

I am sharing an older poem for the Sestina Challenge at dVerse Poetry Forms. I hope to write one using homophones sometime this week. I will be away for a few days and will catch up reading your sestina next week.

10 thoughts on “Transience–dVerse Poetry Form: Sestina

  1. I read this again and was blown away by the natural images and how short our time is here on this earth.


  2. calmkate says:

    absolutely love your weaving of words, hopes, dreams and transience … this really moves me


  3. Very moving about our transient time and the beauty of nature. Yes, flows so well and fits the form.


  4. msjadeli says:

    Victoria, I love your sestina and your conclusion. These lines give sustenance:
    “almost as though I am, myself, a dream,
    a mere illusion that contains a soul.”
    Your lines flow so smoothly!


  5. Grace says:

    I love how you incorporated nature’s lessons on our brief life. I specially admire that 4th part, with the timelessness of the seasons. A fine example Victoria.


  6. robtkistner says:

    Well done with your 3rd sestina Victoria. You seem to have this form down.


  7. I love how you let your thoughts follow the movements of nature… there are always lessons to get from the nature.

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  8. Glenn A. Buttkus says:

    You helped me with this form by suggesting homonyms. This sestina is straight up, and for many of us too topical for comfort. We had a modest turn out this time. The form is a bear to bear; pure bare data.

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  9. Your words brought forth a deep appreciation for life and nature. Timelessness was a great reminder of eternal beauty.


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