January 1, 2014

Redondilla...


Quietly Waits

Lines upon the brow take one from
a weary place of loneliness
eyes lost their glow and are now glum
for the one who is now homeless

Turn of events leave one alone
struggle to find their place of new
body sleeps in a place not known
prays dream now is not coming true

Empty and lost of wage and home
walking the streets cold and alone
dirty and crumbled one does roam
seeks a new found beautiful throne

Quietly waits - are his prayers heard?
Ones cold cries call to his Savior
longing to hear His promised word
please forgive sinful behavior

- Rhoda Galgiani

Redondilla Poetry Form -
• syllabic, usually written in 8 syllable lines
• stanzaic, written in any number of quatrains
• rhymed, most common rhyme scheme abba
• Redondilla Stanza is one of the most 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 - is a Spanish poetry form...rg 

7 comments:

Karen O'Leary said...

Dear Rhoda,

This is a timely poem with a good message. With the economy the way it is, people that never thought they would be homeless are. So many are getting laid off that are middle age and it's a challenge for them to get rehired. Thank you for sharing this wonderful poem. Keep up the good writing.

Love,
Karen

Rhoda Galgiani said...

Thank you Karen for taking a moment to read this poetry. Yes, the homeless suffer whether it is winter with the severe cold or the summer with the scorching heat. I feel very sad for all the homeless people...rg

Charlene McCutcheon said...

I am going to try again to post a comment as it didn't work the last time. There are far too many homeless people and your description of their circumstances are so right on. I only wish I could help all the homeless but alas all I can do is pray the Lord's will be done in all their lives. A wonderful heart touching poem well written . Thank you for sharing it. I love your sensitive nature.
Love, Charlene

Rhoda Galgiani said...

Thank you Charlene for trying again to leave a comment - looks like it took this time! Yes, the homeless is a sad situation - I thank God I can take care of myself - I just wonder how others do it especially with children. I see people on the street and I give when I can. Last week I was at the grocery store and a young mother put 2 boxes of baby wipes for her child at the end of her purchases. I then saw she was using Food Stamps. I asked her if she was going to buy the baby wipes and she said yes. I then asked if I could purchase them for her child. The look on her face was priceless and then she said yes! I felt such joy - each box was $1.78 - I handed her $4.00 and she paid for the items. I think so was so blown away by this gesture - she just didn't know what to say - but, she did say thank you. My heart was very full as I left the store that day...rg

Charlene McCutcheon said...

Rhoda, thank you for sharing that wonderful gesture. I have a good idea how much that young mother appreciated your kindness, because I have children on food stamps and I know how much they have appreciated any help they could get. I appreciated it so much too because when I couldn't help it seemed they received help from somewhere and I was more than glad. God bless you for your generosity. I know you are not floating in money and the "widow's mite" is just as important as the millionaires millions.

Rhoda Galgiani said...

Thanks for the response Charlene - I receive such a grand feeling when I do small gestures like the one I told you about. I think many people are doing for others - times are tough - a small token always helps someone...rg

Maurice Reynolds said...

I so love your creativity in poetry, Rhoda. That is an awesome gift and I am glad you don't mind sharing it with us. Thank you so much. Continued blessings!

-MJ