Obsidian: An Ode

You owned me
like a volcano
owning his magma.

And when you erupted
and excreted
all of me,
alone I cooled
and become
a new being.

An obsidian
with a frozen heart,
bold and braver,
fierce and better.

Thanks to you,
my former lover.

©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.

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Word Inspiration: Sarah Doughty of Heartstring Eulogies (Thank you, Sarah!)


The Ode (from Greek – aeidein “to sing or chant”) is a genre of poetry in which the subject is praised, exalted or favorably contemplated.. The term “ode” is concerned more with its exalted theme than the structure of the poem, although there are variations that do incorporate specific structure or frame in their delivery.

The ode displays three qualities, focus on one subject or object, an extended and elaborated description of the subject and last, a celebratory or praising tone. Edmund Gosse defined the ode as “enthusiastic and exalted lyrical verse, directed to fix purpose and dealing progressively with one dignified theme.” The ode is normally formal and often lengthy, however there are some beautiful odes that are neither lofty nor lengthy. The structure or frame varies depending on the type of ode written. The earliest odes can be traced back to Ancient Greece.


28 thoughts on “Obsidian”

  1. I love this. The word obsidian is so beautiful, the rock itself is gorgeous. It’s one of my favourite words I think. Love how you built your poem around it.

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