I drift in peace as time yields up its last control. (Form: Inverted Refrain)
Softly, wisps of sound pierce the veil
that holds me captive for my crime.
My failing body is my jail;
my sole offense - I've past my prime.
There's no escape. I won't prevail
against the ravages of time.
For solace I seek days long past:
remembered romance, summer days
when all tomorrows stretched out vast
far beyond my temporal gaze.
Sweet memories, recalled at last;
the end of time is lost in haze.
Rolled up white sleeves on tight tee-shirts
holding Camels – a badge of youth.
Be-bop music and poodle skirts -
a time when people spoke the truth.
A lover's kisses soothed all hurts;
friends could be counted on for ruth.
Warm memories speed through my mind
like fast cars racing toward a goal.
A final breath – I leave behind
my shackles as I free my soul.
I drift in peace, no more confined,
as time yields up its last control.
An entry for "Stormy's poetry newsletter & contest" [ASR]
Word Bank: summer romance poodle skirts white tee-shirts fast cars
ruth - compassion or pity for another.
Form: The Inverted Refrain consists of four 6-line stanzas, for a total of 24 lines. The first four lines of a stanza create a statement from which the last 2 lines extract the meaning, and invert the way it was said. The last two lines of each stanza, which are the 'inverted refrain', are indented as a couplet.
The Inverted Refrain is a rhyming poem with a set meter and rhyme scheme as follows:
Rhyme scheme per stanza: Lines #1-4 are abab; Lines #5 and #6, the two inverted refrain lines, can be ab or ba. Meter: 8 syllables in every line.
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