Count to Ten

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Count to Ten

To every zephyr comes a bold quest
and every squall can whisper regret.
Those who will take the deeper breath
are those who gain a discerning spirit. 
The eye of a storm loves the calm
while the vortex lives for the clash.

When two people sense a coming clash
because they’re on a divergent quest.
One may keep peace, remaining calm
while the other has no regret
for baring an onery spirit -
hell-bent, ranting with “baited” breath.

The pacifist, holding his breath,
prefers to downscale any clash
disowning the negative spirit.
The personality of quest
depends on one’s view of regret.
Cold is how the gutsy perceive calm.

Some get uptight when life is too calm;
conflict leaves another gasping for breath.
Satisfaction versus regret -
can both be balanced without clash?
Is there a more productive quest 
for passive and proactive spirits?

With open mind, the hostile spirit
can work at finding a sense of calm.
When threatened with a thorny request,
count to ten and take a deep breath.
At the invitation to clash,
do not attend; send your regrets.

If you are one who shrinks from regret
confronting an in-your-face spirit,
do not forgo the challenging clash.
Count to ten; dismantle your normal calm
and debate ‘til you’re out-of-breath.
Learn the thrill of making the conquest. 


The question of regret counts off death's calm.
Trying unchecked spirits with waiting breath
welcome both the clash and the quieter quest. 


Copyright © | Year Posted 2014

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Date: 6/28/2014 9:24:00 AM
Very interesting write with perfect sestina, Reason. congrats on the win
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Date: 6/28/2014 12:37:00 AM
You managed to keep your poem going forward despite the mandated repetition. Great job. Congratulations on your win. Love, Joyce
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Date: 6/27/2014 9:10:00 AM
congrats Reason .......Seren
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Date: 6/27/2014 7:53:00 PM
thanks, Seren, enjoyed the contest.
Date: 6/27/2014 8:41:00 AM
Congratulations, Reason, on nice win in this difficult challenge. Mohan
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Date: 6/9/2014 8:56:00 AM
I'm not familiar with the form, but I appreciate the intricacy of this piece.
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Date: 6/10/2014 10:53:00 PM
thank you, Richard. It's not a form I am comfortable with as yet...I am too used to rhyme.
Date: 6/8/2014 10:50:00 PM
Reason, anyone that can accurately pull off a Sestina has my deepest respect.. You do so with flying colors.. I bow in admiration!
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Date: 6/8/2014 4:59:00 AM
A perfect sestina, good luck in the contest, Reason
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Date: 6/27/2014 7:52:00 PM
Thank you, Dr. Ram. I welcome the placement of 4th in the contest. I have written maybe a couple of other sestinas.