Resurrection: A Rispetto*

I am a dried weightless leaf flying.
I am a hole with no signs of life.
I am a stone no one’s noticing.
I am a deep sea no man can dive.

You are the twig that rescues dead leaf.
You are the air that fills holes too swift.
You are the ocean that hugs cold stones.
You are the brave man who saved my bones.

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

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


*Rispetto is a 15th century Italian verse form still popular today. It is usually a love poem, hence the name “respect” for a loved one. It is thought to be a descendant of the Tuscan Strombotto.

The Rispetto is:

  • a poem in 8 lines, an octave, made up of 2 quatrains.
  • in English most often written in iambic tetrameter or it can be syllabic with lines between 8 and 12 syllables from its Italian roots.
  • rhymed ababccdd or abababcc or abab cddc.

19 thoughts on “Resurrection”

  1. Sister, you craft strong and engaging imagery here. “I am a stone no one’s noticing.” How often might we feel this way? It’s amazing to have someone to complement and fill our needs.

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