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** This form is called "The Binyon" and is a type of Envelope Verse. **


(The sad sea greets me, ebb and flow)

Why do I fancy heartache so?
It isn't pleasant, sweet or fun
It carries not, a buoyed charm
No sullied mirth to e'er disarm
Assigns no blessing when it's done
Still I contend to leave it go
(And feign aversion, lest it show)

Perhaps I've reached my own accord
Accepting as the status-quo
This melancholy gag reflex
To all that dimmer deeds can vex
And while the urge still pushes so
It's shadows that I'm pushing toward
(Salvation's scabbard, short a sword)

Perchance love's residue still stains
When love is lost, the breathing soul
Seeks refuge in a heavy heart
To savor grief with joy apart
Losing that which made it whole
Instills the worth of passion's pains
(Left to embracing what remains)

I doubt I'll come to understand
Why now-and-then a heart can break
Yet prove to flood you, bittersweet
With joy and sorrow mixed, replete
Such sad delight, this blessed ache
Left with what our hearts remand
True love sifting through our hand

(I scratch "I miss you" in the sand)

Copyright © | Year Posted 2017

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Date: 8/8/2017 2:19:00 PM
Salvation's scabbard short a sword... what? True love sifting through our hand. That is pure...unadulterated poetic genius my my, and enclosed rhyme, that is so difficult for most but you pulled it off with style. Wow and another fave!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/12/2017 10:33:00 PM
Thank you SO very much, John, what an awesome comment - you honor and humble me, my friend, and I am so thankful for your kindness ... I really enjoy these "different" rhyme schemes - so much fun, and so rewarding if they come out well! Thanks again, Brother! :-)
Date: 8/7/2017 12:41:00 AM
It's an enclosed rhyme. The only thing is that there's one line extra. I love writing in enclosed rhyme, often did in the past before I for some inexplicable reason started to write more Free Verse. The ebb and flow of our lives and moods leaves scars on our souls. This is so beautiful my friend. HUGS.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/7/2017 9:55:00 PM
Thanks, Darren, much appreciated, good friend! I searched the internet and came up with "The Binyon", (which is ABCCBAA), but I guess that's limited to one stanza only. Thanks as always for the kind words and the tutelage in poetic forms - I have a lot to learn there! :-)
Date: 8/6/2017 8:08:00 PM
the way you concluded this rare form of poetry is utterly amazing! I've not done one like this type. You write with true eloquence, Greg! I can tell your poetry is well thought out.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/6/2017 8:28:00 PM
I'm SO pleased you liked this one, my friend, as it was not only fun, but special in an introspection kind of way. Blessings! <3
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/6/2017 8:27:00 PM
Thank you so very much, Andrea - I hope you know how much I value your opinion, and how highly I respect you and your work ... you are one of a very few here who truly inspire me to be better, and whose poetry ALWAYS leaves me with some kind of treasure - something precious beyond words.
Date: 8/6/2017 8:27:00 AM
Gorgeous. Classic. Perfect. Fave :) xomo!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/6/2017 4:19:00 PM
That's very sweet of you, Maureen - thank you so much! :-)
Date: 8/6/2017 7:03:00 AM
Full of emotion--well done!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/6/2017 4:18:00 PM
Thanks so much, Vijay - blessings!