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Darkness of the moon

in the darkness of the moon

I saw the edge of
the double-sided sword.

It’s edge shinning and sharp

breathless, fright had taken hold
of my heart.

Blinding all compassion –
giving way to a
loud heartbeat.

Recoiled into the safety
of my deadbolt,
fear conquered love
last night.

Sunrise gifts a new day
a new way
allowing love to conquer fear.

☮TheMsLvh © 2012

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Lesson Relearned – sonnet

Blue china broken on the floor
its’ tiny pieces scattered cost
Symbolic price for all love lost
as I watch you walk out the door
and leave behind a shattered heart
of broken dreams of what you did
allowed your mother’s heart be shredded
just take your things and quickly part.
And for once again I shall heal
replace old bandage which came loose
deceit and lies brought me to kneel
the heartache of tears runs profuse
Away you run, your deeds concealed
spin your tales of secret misuse.
☮TheMsLvh © 2012
image source: Google images
submitted to Poets United

Black Gold – Italian Sonnet

 One of the items on my “Bucket List” is to go to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for New Years.  When I heard of this current oil spill, it struck me in the heart.
A strangled hold onto the rocks,
not far the blue Sargasso Sea.
White suited sea gulls fly in flocks,
lost riggers join the absentee.
Below off-shore unearthly docks –
engraved with a fire memory.
Eleven deep in waters sail
on grey Horizon’s ghostly tale.
A strangled hold into the sand,
metallic rainbows pooled with rain.
While gasping life strain just to breathe,
more waves of death awash the land.
Their greed exploded dark insane
mad currents of black ocean seethe.
A strangled hold grips the unplanned
across slick mass in devil’s stain.
Disrupting nature’s primal gland,
injecting to withdraw for gain.
Destruction of earth from man’s hand,
Spill after spill, still no refrain.
☮TheMsLvh © 2011
offered to United Poets , dVerse Poets
  • Chevron Corp oil spillRio de Janeiro, Brazil – November 7, 2011  to present 
  • Rena oil spill – New Zealand, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty – October 5, 2011 to present
  • Taylor Energy wells Platform 23051 – United States, Gulf of Mexico – September 16, 2004 to present (2624 days)
  • Chevron/Transocean Campos oil spill – Brazil, Campos Basin – November 10, 2011 – current
  • Esso/Shell North Sea oil spill –  United Kingdom, North Sea – August 10, 2011 – – current
  • Yellowstone River pipeline spill –  United States, Montana, Yellowstone River -July 1, 2011
  • Bohai Bay oil spill – China, Bohai Bay – June 4, 2011 – June 19, 2011
  • Peace River Rainbow pipeline spill – Canada, Alberta – April 29, 2011
  • Mumbai-Uran pipeline spill –  India, Mumbai, Arabian Sea – January 21, 2011
  • Fiume Santo power station –  Italy, Sardinia, Porto Torres – January 11, 2011
  • Mumbai oil spill – India, Mumbai, Arabian Sea – August 7, 2010 – August 9, 2010
  • Barataria Bay oil spill – United States, Barataria Bay, Gulf of Mexico – July 27 – August 1, 2010
  • Talmadge Creek oil spill –  United States, Kalamazoo River, Calhoun, Michigan – July 26, 2010
  • Xingang Port oil spill – China, Yellow Sea – July 16 – July 21, 2010
  • Jebel al-Zayt oil spill – Egypt, Red Sea – June 16 -June 23, 2010
  • Red Butte Creek oil spill – United States, Salt Lake City, Utah – June 11 – June 12, 2010
  • Trans-Alaska Pipeline spill – United States, Anchorage, Alaska – May 25, 2010
  • MT Bunga Kelana 3 –  Singapore, Singapore Strait – May 25, 2010
  • 2010 ExxonMobil oil spill – Nigeria, Niger Delta – May 1, 2010
  • Deepwater Horizon –  United States, Gulf of Mexico – April 20, 2010 – July 15, 2010
  • 2010 Great Barrier Reef oil spill – Australia Great Keppel Island -April 3, 2010
  • 2010 Port Arthur oil spill – United States, Port Arthur, Texas – January 23, 2010
  • Yellow River oil spill – China, Chishui River (Shaanxi) – August 21, 2009
  • Montara oil spill – Australia, Timor Sea – August 21, 2009
  • Full City oil spill – Norway, Rognsfjorden near Såstein south of Langesund – July 31, 2009
  • 2009 Lüderitz oil spill – Namibia, Southern coast – April 8, 2009
  • 2009 Queensland oil spill – Australia, Queensland – March 10, 2009
  • West Cork oil spill – United States, New Orleans, Louisiana – July 28, 2008
  • 2008 New Orleans oil spill – United States, New Orleans, Louisiana – July 28, 2008
  • 2007 Statfjord oil spill – Norway, Norwegian Sea – December 12, 2007
  • 2007 Korea oil spill –  South Korea, Yellow Sea – December 7, 2007
  • Kerch Strait oil spill – Ukraine Russia, Strait of Kerch – November 11, 2007
  •  Russia, Strait of Kerch
  • 2007 Statfjord oil spill – Norway, Norwegian Sea – December 12, 2007
  • Kerch Strait oil spill – Ukraine Russia, Strait of Kerch – November 11, 2007
  • COSCO Busan oil spill – United States, San Francisco, California – November 7, 2007
  • Kab 101 – Mexico, Bay of Campeche – October 23, 2007 – December 17, 2007
  • Guimaras oil spill – Philippines – August 11, 2006
  • Jiyeh power station oil spill – Lebanon — July 14, 2006 – July 15, 2006
  • Citgo refinery oil spill – United States, Lake Charles, Louisiana – June 19, 2006
  • Prudhoe Bay oil spill – United States, Alaska North Slope, Alaska – March 2, 2006
  • Bass Enterprises (Hurricane Katrina) –  United States, Cox Bay, Louisiana – August 30, 2005
  • Shell (Hurricane Katrina) – United States, Pilottown, Louisiana – August 30, 2005
  • Chevron (Hurricane Katrina) – United States, Meraux and Chalmette, Louisiana – August 30, 2005
  • Murphy Oil USA refinery spill (Hurricane Katrina) – United States, Meraux and Chalmette, Louisiana – August 30, 2005
  • Bass Enterprises (Hurricane Katrina) – United States, Pointe à la Hache, Louisiana – August 30, 2005
  • Chevron (Hurricane Katrina) – United States, Venice, Louisiana – August 30, 2005
  • Venice Energy Services Company (Hurricane Katrina) – United States, Nairn, Louisiana – August 30, 2005
  • Sundown Energy (Hurricane Katrina) – United States, West Potash, Louisiana – August 30, 2005
  • MV Selendang Ayu – United States, Unalaska Island, Alaska – December 8, 2004
  • Athos 1 – United States, Delaware River, Paulsboro, New Jersey – November 26, 2004
  • Gulf War oil spill – Iraq, Persian Gulf – June 8, 1990
  • Continued list of oil spills……

Endless Rails – Sonnet

Conductor please, I’ll buy a ticket sir,
one with a window and reclining seat
of leather, ashen white, to rest my eyes.
Caress cut crystal bronzed with fine liqueur –
accentuates heart’s rhythm of repeat;
across split rails of iron laden tracks.
Bequeath my soul to wander boundless skies,
eternity unburdened I prefer;
and leave behind cruel visions of defeat.
These fleeting images across sunrise –
through railway tunnels never looking back;
on restful rails of vast suspended time.
Discover hidden truth for which I lack.
Upon this train, towards endless, I shall climb.
☮TheMsLvh © 2011
Amazing photo by dorinnovac

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I Must Surrender- rondeau redoublé

I must surrender the mind’s hold,
let go the blaze trapped in my head.
Times have changed. Leaving misty old
perceptions of what is, now dead.
Raised independent – so inbred,
to never swallow what was told.
To always question – not be led,
I must surrender the mind’s hold.
Events have changed my journey’s road;
the day I flew but fell instead.
All my dreams dying – turning cold –
let go the blaze trapped in my head.
I never feared what lay ahead,
those days of youth brought suns of gold;
so quick to alter by moon’s end,
Times have changed. Leaving misty old
faint memories pulled from the void.
Of better days where I transcend –
to grasp a breath and long behold
perceptions of what is, now dead.
Succumb to pain, I hide in bed;
heal mind and body, feel controlled.
New dreams will come a doctor said  –
relax and breath and let unfold.
I must surrender.
☮TheMsLvh © 2011
Image Courtesy of DiegoUnspire

*Technically speaking a rondeau redoublé is made of six quatrains ended by a hemistich (of exactly the same type as the one in the rondeau form, and built on the first verse as well). The 24 verses, 4 of which are found twice (in the first stanza and as endings of stanzas 2-5) all belong to only two rhyme groups, the tricky scheme of this form is:


Hats – Terza Rima

   In my discovery of the different forms of poetry,  I came across the Terza Rima.  This is my first attempt using this form.  Hope it reads well.  I have included its description of the form below. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did writing it. A  bit singy-songy I fear.
I have worn several hats throughout the years;
reflecting different roles I played each day.
Subjective meanings – kept as souvenirs.
A feathered birthday hat inviting play;
adorned year after year with no delay –
another wish on candles if I may?
A mournful hat weeps sadness of betray –
A smoke-stained cap that kissed a Reggae song –
A lover’s chapeau which will never stray.
There was a hat I dared not keep for long;
’cause it belonged to the quick stepping cop –
who chased me for the mischief I did wrong.
My favorite hat sold never in a shop,
uniting words on paper to be sung:
A Poet’s hat worn ’till the last ink drop.
Such memories in hats when I was young,
show steps of life upon each ladder’s rung.


☮TheMsLvh © 2011
Image: Hats on Ladder image by DecoDanny courtesy Google Images

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Terza rima is a three-line stanza using chain rhyme in the pattern A-B-A, B-C-B, C-D-C, D-E-D. There is no limit to the number of lines, but poems or sections of poems written in terza rima end with either a single line or couplet repeating the rhyme of the middle line of the final tercet. The two possible endings for the example above are d-e-d, e or d-e-d, e-e. There is no set rhythm for terza rima, but in English, iambic pentameter is generally preferred.


The first known use of terza rima is in Dante’s Divina Commedia. In creating the form, Dante may have been influenced by the lyric form used by the Provençal troubadours. The three-line pattern may have been intended to suggest the Holy Trinity. Inspired by Dante, other Italian poets, including Petrarch and Boccaccio, began using the form.

The first English poet to write in terza rima was Geoffrey Chaucer, who used it for his Complaint to His Lady. Although a difficult form to use in English because of the relative paucity of rhyme words available in a language which has, in comparison with Italian, a more complex phonology, terza rima has been used by Milton, Byron (in his Prophecy of Dante) and Shelley (in his Ode to the West Wind and The Triumph of Life). Thomas Hardy also used the form of meter in ‘Friends Beyond’ to interlink the characters and continue the flow of the poem. A number of 20th-century poets also employed the form. These include Archibald MacLeish, W. H. Auden, Andrew Cannon, William Carlos Williams, T. S. Eliot, Derek Walcott, Clark Ashton Smith, James Merrill, Robert Frost and Richard Wilbur. [Information source :Wikipedia]

Amphitrite – Sailor’s Sonnet

*Amphitrite– Ἀμφιτρίτη – [am-fi-trahy-tee]
The goddess queen of the sea, wife of Lord Poseidon. Amphitrite was the goddess who spawned the sea’s rich bounty–fish and shellfish–as well as dolphins, seals and whales.
The sailor’s story told from long ago –
a Maiden bravely swims through winds of force;
her essence glided free where trade winds blow.
Inside her ocean currents, set a course –
to spread abundance within water’s flow,
exploding life to spread true nature’s source.
Exquisite sunset hues in cloudless skies,
above her depths of cold – a sailor flies.
Beneath secluded shores of distant lore,
soft melodies entwine the ocean’s tide –
white frosted tips on swells of lapis blue.
Grey whales surrender waters – breaching soar;
to kiss the moon – igniting stars collide.
Amazing glory – sailor’s brilliant view.
Sweet Goddess, Amphitrite, we implore;
allow the Shepard’s moon hold safe our ride.
Deliver us upon your distant shore –
take not into your arms where you reside.
For you have charmed so many men before –
within your ink of darkness – sailors hide.
☮TheMsLvh © 2011
Image provided by and submitted to Imaginary Garden with Read Toads also Poets United – dVerse – The Poetry Palace 
The sonetto rispetto is a specialized form of poetry related to the more well-known sonnet. It was created and popularized in Italy during the historical period known as the Renaissance (14th to 17th centuries C.E.)
 A sonetto rispetto has 8 lines of iambic pentameter in the first stanzas, in a rhyme scheme of  a b a b a b c c. The following two stanzas have 6 lines with a slightly different rhyming scheme.
This form was used for composing improvised folk music using popular tunes, and the subject matter was usually an address of love from a gentleman to a lady.
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