'Beyond a sestina'

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Being inspired and motivated, I wanted to expand my writing experiences and, so, I learned to write a sestina poem! A sestina is a poem with six stanzas of six lines and a final triplet. At the end of each stanzas is the same six words, written in six different sequences that follow a fixed pattern. It was definitely a challenge to write a sestina, but I enjoyed it and loved the experience of learning something new!

I finally polished a new one about the notion of "time" which explores the ideal that contradicts the concept: immortality.



Beyond 

As the hand turns, the precious
chime of time murmurs 
with the wings of birds as they
fly around the cage only
opened by a key which would turn 
by someone with an unfathomable yearn,


And when they yearn
for something more precious
than the chime, the birds will likely turn
towards the right path where only
the valiant can hear the murmur
and cry of lonely musings by they,


the Gods, and their lonely lullabies for they,
like the trees, yearn
for something only
attained by those with the precious
gift of listening to the murmur
of silent birds as they cry; but when they turn


the key, they turn
the key to a future where they,
the birds, are free to dance and murmur 
silently around those with the yearn
for something more precious
than an imprisoning idea, which only


the courageous can conquer, where only
freedom is at their door for which they can turn
the key to and sacrifice their precious
memories of love, for they 
desire the thing they yearn
for, which is to hear birds flying and hear the bird's murmur,


and the sound of the bird's murmur
would be like the sound of freedom. We are only
humans with the longing yearn
for something beyond our ambitions but are too rigid to turn
to the path towards they,
the Gods, with the ideal that's unattainable and too precious.

For the silent cry and murmur
of the flying birds may only
be the fiction that we, humans, falsely yearn.


- n


I'm hoping its concept is understandable - let me know what you think!

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