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Psalms And Sermons by DeaconStrucktor

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January 14, 2012
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I thought I saw each day flow by,
from final rest to birthing cry:
the total sum of deeds undone
are bleached beneath the blazing sun
and offered up to passers-by.

The crows will claw, the seagulls cry,
the terns will carry tidbits high,
the pterodactyls catch and run—
 I thought I saw.

But vivisect or vivify,
the price will never be as high
as back when I had purchased one
brand-new, and clearly underdone;
to Zeus in gratitude, I'll testify:
 "I thought I saw."
apotheosis n. 1) The act of deification. 2) The high point or climax. 3) The epitome or best example.

Originally inspired by a timed prompt in the #CRLiterature chatroom; reworked into something a bit larger in scope.

:bulletpurple: Yes, this is a rondeau. The extra foot in the penultimate line is deliberate: it's a modified alexandrine, and its inclusion has been my small contribution to the form.
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FuzzyHoser Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'm loving the rhythm in this. Gorgeous work! :)
HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Writer
8-) Thank you; this was fun to write.
FuzzyHoser Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
My pleasure!
Quelythe Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Poems like this make me wish I knew more about fixed form. I loved the rhythm, and the sense of going in reverse.
HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Professional Writer
:nod: It's said the best creativity is found in constraint, in the same way that a snowflake requires a mote of dust around which to form. Thank you.
Quelythe Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I like the analogy. Although I have to say that free verse can also have some dazzling displays of creativity -- although perhaps it forms around another type of dust mote. :)
HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Professional Writer
More than likely. It's the restriction that's important; not which specific kind.
cembree Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's such a pretty poem.
HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Professional Writer
:thanks: I'm glad you enjoyed it.
felineicecream Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Student Writer
I love this poem. :) It just... Flows really smoothly. I'm not always a big poetry fan, but this has such a nice rhythm.
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