General Poetry posted November 5, 2019

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Affirmation of a mother's heart

Empty but Not

by Y. M. Roger

Ottava Rima Contest Winner 

    Days of hectic life now fade to routine chores
    And ‘finding time’ is no longer a concern.
    The driveway’s empty as are most bedroom drawers,
    There’s no class, no library books to return.
    Yet, they are here, in the halls and behind doors,
    Mem’ries that make you smile and your heart affirm:
    Through all of their laughter and many a tear,
    Yes! Yes indeed… a family loved here!


Writing Prompt
A Ottava Rima is a poem written in 8-line octives. Each line is of a 10 or 11 syllable count in the following rhyme:

one octive poem. abababcc

The example is a two octive poem, but for this contest, the limit is just one.

He is There

When sorrow lies entrenched within your heart
And doubts, like ocean waves, around you churn,
When chaos reigns o?er life and won?t depart
And for the peace of yesterday you yearn,
When evil thoughts are tearing you apart
And there is nowhere left for you to turn,
When dark of night persists throughout your day,
It?s time to fall upon your knees and pray.

For God is there, He?s always by your side,
He is your life?s companion and your friend,
He?s with you through each bitter storm you ride,
From morn?s first light to sunset at day?s end.
You must give up your bitterness and pride
And to your Lord extend your hand again.
He only wants for you to ask Him in
And you will be forgiven for your sin.

Copyright © 2003 Linda Newman

Ottava Rima
Contest Winner


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