By the banyan tree in the courtyard
Freezing in the cold January night
Passion died under the onslaught of ego
At the altar of doubt, love felt forsook
Its last breath darkened the already dark night
Blossoming romance couldn’t survive till daylight.
By the time dawn removed the curtain of tenebrosity
Freezing earth had thawed, shedding rivulets of tears
Passion couldn’t remain moribund any longer
At the retreat of self-aggrandizement,
Its fire revived again, its flames stoking fervour
Blossoming again into all consuming ardour.
Written for dVerse MTB. Today’s host, Laura, has asked us to choose ONE of the following lines and write a stanza(s) taking each word as the start of each successive line i.e. the first word begins the first line, the second begins the second and so on.
Rules: You must keep the same sequence though you may reverse it
Your poem should preferably be at least 2 stanzas long
Rhyme is optional but try to stick to the meter of your chosen line.
- Since there’s no help, come let us kiss and part
- Shake hands for ever, cancel all our vows
- By freezing passion at its blossoming
- I guard her beauty clean from rust
- Quail from your downward darting kiss
I have selected Neil Carpathios’ line.