November 9, 2013

Serventesio...

Dedicated to the People of the Philippines

Nature on Her Prowl

Whistling of the violence storm
Threatened the habitats ashore
Beats the earth is the Typhoons norm
Washing away every man’s floor

Warnings can’t help the native’s soul
Nature brutally makes her point
Destruction again takes its toll
Breaks human knees at their thin joint

Knees on the ground cry’in to Him
As the wild winds rips and tears
People pray forgiveness of sin
Floods raid broke houses and life’s wares

Typhoon’s power brings fear today
Hiding can’t save them from the howl
All they can do again - is pray
Nature destructs while on her prowl

- Rhoda Galgiani

Serventesio Poetry Form - syllabic, usually written in 8 syllable lines
Stanzaic written in any number of quatrains - Serventesio rhyme abab is used
Popular Castillian stanzas since the 16th century - Apparently experimentation
with the form by Ezra Pound brought about a resurgence in popularity in the
20th century - Spanish Poetry form...rg

6 comments:

Rhoda Galgiani said...

Praying for the people in the Philippines...

Karen O'Leary said...

Dear Rhoda,

What a wonderful dedication! You are such a caring voice in the writing community. Keep on doing what your doing! My thoughts and prayers go with the people of the Philippines.

Love,
Karen

peter Dome said...

Those poor people, out hearts and thoughts go out to them. The Devil is at work here, causing mire havoc, knowing he has only a short time left. Great write. best wishes. Pete..

Rhoda Galgiani said...

Thank you Karen and Pete for the read and comment. The area over there is devastated from the Typhoon. I know they will receive help from other countries, including the USA...rg

Charlene McCutcheon said...

My heart is with yours Rhoda, A very perceptive piece of writing. A great reminder to pray for those poor souls in the midst of that terrible destruction.
It also makes me very grateful for my so far little safe haven in my corner of the world. So true Peter that the Devil is working overtime because he knows he has such a short time. Thank you Rhoda for a great read! I do love reading your poetry.

Rhoda Galgiani said...

Thank you Charlene for the wonderful visit. Yes, all are in support of the people who suffered so. We all care that is the main thing. I read you at Whispers...I am so happy you are a part of that wonderful community...rg