Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Write in the POETRY genre (05/17/07)
- TITLE: I'm Not Afraid
By Patricia Casey
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I’m not afraid of anything
No circumstance will fear doth bring
Not death nor life nor wind nor rain
My heart’s protected from the pain
A pedophile did taint this child
And introduced me to the wild
It’s no big deal a hardened heart
Without a soul it does depart
This body trained perhaps I’ll sell
There’s nothing else I do that well
The feelings came I was surprised
I even cried the day he died
My life to blame when I would sin
Could always figure how to win
With self improvement I was good
Did better than my neighbors could
I found the speck in sister’s eye
The plank in mine unnoticed. Why?
Her skills as mother I did judge
Abortion chosen was my smudge
But I was good I told myself
Good deeds I framed upon the shelf
The clothes I wore, the cars I drove
Did feed the fairy tale I wove
With all my hate His Word broke through
And pierced my heart with dart He threw
I did not know I was afraid
Till hardened heart was time to trade
I was afraid of many things
Of feeling, caring, pain it brings
He showed His love, exposed my fears
New heart, no hiding from my tears
With every lesson He did teach
New freedom found within my reach
I’m still afraid but now I try
With God I’m not afraid I'll die
X-rayed is a new poetry format I created. The first stanza begins with things you can see on the surface. The second and subsequent stanzas reveal more hidden meanings or revelations that pertain to the first stanza but were unseen until closer scrutiny emerged with the hidden secrets.
Rhyming scheme: aa/bb/cc/dd, etc.
Each line must use Iambic tetrameter - eight syllables with alternating short/long syllable emphasis as follows:
da DUM da DUM da DUM da DUM
Poems must have at least four stanzas, each four lines long. No maximum stanza limit.
The first stanza shows what's seen on the surface.
The following stanzas reveal hidden things.
The final stanza reveals the discovered truth.
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