This week, Matt Quinn (aka @poemblaze) is manning the bar at the pub, and bringing us the poetry form of Sestina. Found this one to be surprisingly difficult. The form consists of 39 lines in total, and each ending word has a particular place to land in the flow of the piece. It’s really quite an undertaking! For an awesome lesson, visit with Matt over at dVerse. His article is excellent, and will convince you, almost, that you can do this! I’m putting mine up, though this I think, is one of my weakest attempts to date. Be gentle! I’m learning!
Piper’s Glenn Salvation
Upon this hill in Piper’s Glenn
I met with my demise
Upon a lake that danced with sin
A mirage of golden lies
And never would I swim again
For I was not baptized
because I hadnever been baptized
I could not dance within the Glenn
Nor could I be born again
Surley this would be my demise
Born of lust and born of lies
The result of ungodly sin.
And out of darkness, out of sin
The longing to be baptized
I fell for the preacher’s lies
Upon the hill of Piper’s Glenn
The setting for my ultimate demise
Where the house of God would fall again.
Should I qualify to be born again
And washed clean of all this sin
Could I reverse untimely demise
And wash clean to be baptized?
In the waters of dear old Piper’s Glenn
Purified of all my lies?
And who is he to tell such lies
To tempt me time and time again
Upon the waters at the Glenn
That were supposed to purge me of this sin
Who knew that when I was baptized
T’would be the beginning of my demise
From heaven angels fall, their demise
From hell, the devil spouts his lies
Are we to believe that being baptized
Will help us to rise and live again
Free from judgement, free from sin
With this preacher from Piper’s Glenn?
The man who stole our trust again
And who fell prey to lust and sin
Upon the lake at Piper’s Glenn?