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An Empat Empat written for a poetry contest
Won first place in a weekly contest at "Invalid Item. See author's notes at bottom for further information.

And thus does the wind cry,
The sweet refrain of lover's call,
To verdant grasses dancing by
The joyous lily's dancing hall.

Another season, come and gone,
And thus does the wind cry,
Of summer's beauty now undone
And autumn's entrance brisk and dry.

In stillness then does the earth lie,
Beneath the frozen tundra white.
And thus does the wind cry,
Bemoaning cold and bitter plight.

Yet as if by spell, blooms burst free.
With them, brings winter's time to die.
Another ring upon each tree,
And thus does the wind cry.


Author's Notes, 7/15/2013:

The form for this particular contest was an Empat Empat. This form requires the first line of the first stanza to be repeated verbatim as the second line of the second stanza, the third line of the third stanza, and the fourth line of the fourth stanza. The prompt for the contest additionally included the following rhyme scheme and syllabic requirements, which are not native to the form:

Rhyme scheme:
A - b - a - b
c - A - c - a
a - d - A - d
e - a - e - A

Syllabic pattern:
6 - 8 - 6 - 8
8 - 6 - 8 - 6
6 - 8 - 6 - 8
8 - 6 - 8 - 6

Also, it has been pointed out to me that lines 1 and 3 of the second stanza do not, strictly speaking, rhyme. They instead form an example of "slant" rhyme, which I included intentionally because dang it, I hate exact rhymes. They irritate me. *Smile*
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