Misty morning

Another Rhyme Royal for the dverse prompt, because I like this form.


On these golden mornings of October,

When dawn light fills the valley sleepy pearl,

When stars have set and leaves fall without number,

Into the dewy meadow where mists swirl,

I hear the shattered peace, the bright jays’ skirl,

And wonder will I cease to feel the pain,

Of clenched heart, when the guns spew mortal rain.


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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

23 thoughts on “Misty morning”

  1. I liked the contrast you make between the peacefulness of the first four lines and the attack in the last three with falling leaves and falling rain tying them together. I like this form as well. With seven lines there is a break from a more uniform pattern, which would have eight lines, built into the stanza.

  2. As other have said – this is a striking verse – particularly the last couplet – foreshadowed or pivoting on the ‘skirl’ of the jays – as if the terrible news had just come through. So good.

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