Death’s Calling Card


A Verse in Spenserian Stanza:

In a Spenserian Stanza each verse contains nine lines in total: eight lines in iambic pentameter followed by a single ‘alexandrine’ line in iambic hexameter. The rhyme scheme of these lines is “ababbcbcc.”  Somewhat morbid, but my own composition in this form is offered below . . . 

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Burne-Jones – ‘Merlin & Nimue’ – detail

Death’s Calling Card

In summer time when light is long to last
And evening stretches far into the night,
Then I am wont to think of times gone past
When life was dear and death was out of sight;
But autumn has arrived and dimmed the light,
That short time left to me now presses hard;
Have I done all the planning that I might,
Allowed myself my faults to disregard,
Updated my résumé, my next life’s calling card?

 

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15 thoughts on “Death’s Calling Card

  1. I love this, Roland. I’m big fan of “The Faerie Queene”, although I think it will take me a lifetime to fully unpack it. Britomart served as inspiration for my own fantasy heroine.

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  2. Yes, it’s morbid–but also brutally honest, yet somehow beautiful, too. I love this, Roland. I’m 57 and already feeling similarly.

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  3. My first introduction to this form Roland and thank you for your excellent poem. I was at a family funeral yesterday and this sums up thoughts you experience on such occasions. You certainly ask yourself some of these questions.

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  4. Thanks for introducing another format of poetry, have never tried…..
    As to the content of your poem it is very strong. I would say though; now you know a bit more about life, just enjoy every day and forget the planning.
    Best laid plans by mice and man…..etc.😊 .
    miriam

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