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Fulton Bryant's Diamante

A diamante is a seven line poem, shaped like a diamond. It is a poem of oppositions which works toward the middle. In Biblical prose a similar structure is called chiastic.  




Diamante
Start Fast, Fresh Running, Driving, Racing Alpha, Stamina, Sweat, Omega Coming, Tiring, Cramping Slow, Breathless Finish


                                                       -- Fulton Bryant, grade 6


See another diamante here.

The Sunset Crowns the Day

When all the world is turned to gold,

More glorious than all that of kings of old,

When the sun dons its colors royal,

And demands that the earth be loyal,

So that all may turn to dark.

she sleeps with clouds as mattress soft,

in the heavenly, dark, deep loft.

The sunset rules anew each day,

Crowning all else in a marvelous way.

I sing the song of the sunset!

The Lord gave man the jewels of earth,

To beautify the soil that gives it worth.

But the lady in the heavens needs no stones,

She has no body, breath or bones.

Her thoughts are not like earth’s.

Only the wind, that brushes the cheek;

Tears of rain touching mountain peak.

Yet her raiment surpasses ours,

It becomes different through change of hours.

She crowns the day and begins the night.

In the morning she is pale,

With gentle breaths of wind that sail.

In the noon she turns to white,

Hot and harmful to our sight.

The Lord has given her a crown.

But in the evening, she turns into a queen,

With purple raiment, like none we have seen.

With gold as her crown…

A Pantoum: Masking My Face

The mask upon my face

I wear a mask upon my face I never cry nor smile I never show emotion It hurts too much
I never cry nor smile I wear an eternal facade It hurts so much I need to stop
I wear an eternal facade I bottle my emotions I need to stop I don’t know how
I bottle my emotions I want to ask for help but I don’t know how Weakness hurts me
I want to ask for help but I don’t want to look weak Weakness hurts me I don’t like pain
I don’t want to look weak So I push the pain inside I don’t like pain But I know no other way
So I push the pain inside I wear a mask upon my face I know no other way It hurts so much
I wear a mask upon my face Forever there it stays It hurts so much But I push aside the pain
And forever there it stays This mask upon my face And as I push aside the pain It loosens every day
This mask upon my face I don’t want it to remain It loosens every day And I cry
I don’t want it to remain It’s hurting so bad And so I cry I’m starting to change
It’s hurting so bad …