170×170 day 78 17.7.15

78 17.7.15 decima kwansaba shardoma etheree 170x170

Life can be such a sweet pleasure

Walking through its meadows and hills

Love or hate things she can offer

Abiding to all her wills.

 

 

But then think life’s ways matter!

Emptying or piling the platter

Starving us or giving surplus,

The things she is doing with us,

Why won’t we have a single say?

It’s her way or the highway?

No we should fight her teasers!

 

Rules of Decima-

A decima is an early 10-line Spanish poetic form, with a distinct break after the first 4. It uses an 8-syllable line and has an unusual but characteristic rhyme scheme.

 

The decima must follow this rhyme pattern: A/B/B/A (pause) A/C/C/D/D/C and consists of ten lines of 8 syllables.

 

From mouth to ears they once passed

Stories and fables from elders or teacher

Then along came paper things changed style

Books elbowed the story tellers to side

Naughty fate smiled from behind the curtain

Soon came down cyber age on earth

Will chips replace the books one wonders!

 

 

The Kwansaba is a non-rhyming form that consists of seven lines of seven words per line and each word cannot include more than seven letters unless it’s a proper noun. It’s based on Kwanzaa, the African American holiday that celebrates seven principles

 

A

story

to tell so

easy to say!

So hard to be done,

first word is easiest.

With every addition it

gets tougher and tougher believe

it or not! Ask any story teller!

 

Etheree rules

The first line is a monosyllabic word; the second line has two syllables, and so on, until the tenth line with, ultimately, ten syllables. The most important elements of this format are the etheree structure, coherence (pulling ideas together to create a complete thought) and focusing on imagery.

Trust and love

Walk hand in hand, if you do

Not agree

Go ahead

And test it and then tell me.

 

shardoma

3-7-3-3-7-5

 

 

 

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