My second experiment with the poetic form – The CHERITA . . .
‘Cherita’ is the Malay word for story or tale. A cherita consists of a single stanza of a one-line verse, followed by a two-line verse, and then finishing with a three-line verse. It can be written solo or with up to three partners. (See the website at: https://www.thecherita.com for further information).
The wind rustled the branches.
The bird held tight, Swaying with its motion,
Another bird landed beside her She flew off To find her own branch.
A poem written to keep in my memory the thoughts engendered by the music played at my wife’s funeral eight weeks ago today. Composed by Vaughan Williams, ‘The Lark Ascending’ was very much her favourite piece of classical music. The version used was played on the violin by the Scottish violinist, Nicola Benedetti, and can be heard on YouTube at: ‘The Lark Ascending’
My heart has danced has trembled to the music of time has rejoiced in the moment throbbed in both joy and pain
I’ve moved to the music done all that travelled where no one has been before listened to the wind whispered to the trees sighed with the sea in its motion-hungry fervour and trembled with the waves as they shuddered towards the shore
I have given my time to the poetry of life sung its stanzas rhymed with its lusting lilt in tune with its echoing cadences
Now in the fullness of my seasons I recline and muse over time passed by
Is it to be experienced again does renewal with the Spring follow perhaps in another life whilst this one fades
The gaps which are left the shreds in the curtain of my hopes tear through the seams of my mind crossing the border into the parallel worlds in which my existence lives on matching my movements mirroring the moments since birth in the old to death in the now thus bringing on the new
And my heart now murmurs to itself in mockery and mime bridging the chasm that separates this world from the next