3 Huitain: Age without Poetry?

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A Poet

He flagilates himself with ambition
Promotes the world of poetry not himself
He’s great and he’s set himelf a mission
Yet he thinks that he’s just a slave to self
What then can this lowly old woman say
I wish I had all his books on my shelf
To read him on paper, see people pay
Sahm King, I see you young bard and high elf.

Poetry in Modern Times

My friends poetry is not for our day
We no longer seek immortality
We think that all we need to do is pay
To live a million years of insanity
We don’t see that our lives are somber grey
That our souls are arid and without life
That what we need is to be led astray
Away from this consumeristic strife

Young Poets – New Age

Youth so beautiful I’ve been told
Will consume itself in sadness
During this age that denies the bold
This age in love with its madness
We deny all things we can’t hold
Poetry – imagination
Denied our spirit and sold our soul
Here –  human mental castration.

Yesterday I said I’d try to write a Huitain…well I wrote three. They’re not the best bit of poetry as you can see…but  improvement comes with the writing.  These Huitain are dedicated to Sahm King and T.J. Therien  who have often inspired me with their enthusiam. But it is also dedicated  to all you young poets and young writers who slog along writing your poems and books which you think maybe nobody will read.  Someone said that being a writer is not something you do…but something you are.  You write because you need to write just like we all need air to breath.

Anyone want to try a Huitain?  The link will take you to the Poet’s Garret where I found these instructions and examples.

“This is a very old French verse form and as the name suggests consists of one eight (huit)-line stanza with 8 syllables in each line. This is the pure form (Huit et huit) but later 10 syllable poetry emerged and this appears to have been far more popular with the English speaking Iambic pentameter poets until the outbreak of the Napoleonic wars.
The form was written based on three rhymes, one of which appeared four times and the two typical rhyme schemes are:
a. b. a. b. b. c. b. c. and a. b. b. a. a. c. a. c., with the former being the most popular.”

Related Posts:

Blog it or Lose It: Maleficent (Huitain)

The Arcside of Thought: Man’s Rejection of Gaia and her Scornful Reply

Liars, Hypocrites & the Developement of Human Emotions: Do I Ever Cross Your Mind (Huitain)


12 thoughts on “3 Huitain: Age without Poetry?

  1. enjoyed your efforts Bastet … one person still seeks immortality in words… I’ve spent a lot of time trying to figure out what makes a poem stand the test of time… I will crack this code… I hope…


  2. I know I missed this, but in my defense, I’m a Gemini, and Geminis are notoriously aloof and inattentive. :/

    Bastet, you most definitely are something special. 🙂 Thank you for the reminder, eh. 😀


  3. Nice Huitain! And nice messages in them, too. :-). As for Sahm, Therien, and yourself; 3 of my most followed writers. Sometimes to keep you going all you need is to see someone else constantly creating. Keep it up!


  4. Pingback: Maleficent (Huitain) | Blog It or Lose It!

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