The merit of the peacemaker.
|Sometimes human want finds it hard to resist,
when conflict arises and feelings are stirred,
too often solutions are served with a fist,
and then resolution is very much blurred.
The jackal within us will sometimes insist,
we extend a claw at the drop of a word.
So willing to act with intentional spite,
becoming so eager to see without light.
But like a solution in nature that shows,
a dove with silk wings sits where reason is led.
So rather than lunge and a punch in the nose,
she urges the spirit of treaty instead.
Lost is the clenching when gentleness flows,
and that gentle flow can prevent stains of red.
The makers of peace let a tender bud grow,
and urge all contention to pack up and go.
[Rhythm: 11] (Lines: 16)
Form: Ottava Rima
Lighthouse Contest: June 2012
Prompt: "Be a Peacemaker"
Ottava Rima is a form with Italian roots. The stanzas are 8 lines long.
For the Italian form, syllable scheme is 11.
Rhyme scheme is abababcc, dededeff.