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Jacaranda Rain–Free Verse
the sun that slips
through blinds, half-closed.
Painting saffron stripes
on adobe walls.
a bolt of fire
lighting up the skies,
singeing trees on mountain tops,
the sheltered branches of Mulberry tree.
Broad leaf umbrella
shading you at noontime.
the dance of light upon the moon,
hiding my passion behind
kissing night in unseen places.
the empty flute
the flautist left behind.
I await the breath of God
to fill the void.
Though I must leave,
I’ll come to you again—
a shower of purple petals
upon dew-covered sod.
Jacaranda Rain–Sonnet, Iambic Pentameter
I am the Sun that slips through blinds half-closed,
imprinting saffron stripes on textured walls.
I am a ball of fire that slashes clouds,
that singes trees on rugged mountain tops.
I am the spreading branch of Piñon Pine,
or Mullbr’y broad umbrella, leafy green.
I offer shade in sweltering summer time,
and home for mockingbirds’ delight in spring.
I am the dance of light upon the moon,
behind the palm tree fronds my passion plays
a tempting game—I kiss the darkest gloom
who yields to me at last, in hues of gray.
I am the flute the flautist left behind,
awaiting God’s own breath to fill the void.
I’m music whipped to life by restless wind
as nature’s sound, an echoing of joy.
May I return in showers of purple blooms—
a Jacaranda rain on grassy dew?
Thanks to Gay at dVerse Form for All for a comprehensive explanation of meter. She suggests taking a free verse poem you’ve already written and putting it into one of a number of meters that she describes.
This poem is the title poem of my soon-to-be published collection of poetry on Kindle. I also hope to have it available through Create Space. I would love your feedback–do you prefer the Sonnet or the Free Verse?
By the way, my article, “Beating the Odds–Support for Persons with Early Stage Dementia,” is available for free on Kindle through August 9th–that’s tomorrow, or perhaps today for many of you.