blanket and shame (a dizain*)

Still wrapped in blanket of soft innocence,
like a butterfly fresh from its cocoon,
a young breath given too short existence
by evil desire of a maniac goon.
A lifeless, cold shell wimps a wordless croon.

An animal act, perhaps it is not,
for mammals, reptiles, these kingdoms just ought
to kill to survive. But humans, we have
become brainless, salivating, cracked nuts,
drowned by earth’s urges, a shame of Above.

My lines bleed for the one-year-old boy raped and murdered by a drunk man in my motherland, the Philippines. My heart breaks. My soul is burning with rage. Why. Why. Why. What have we become. What have we become.

©2019 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.
Photo by Henry & Co. on Unsplash
For dVerse Poetry Form: Dizain 
Brief History
The *dizain is a 10-line form which – like so many good ones – originated in France. It was popular there in the 15th and 16 Centuries, and has also been used by such famous English poets as John Keats and Philip Sidney.
Basic Structure
The basic rules for the dizain are that it has one stanza consisting of 10 lines, with 10 syllables per line, and the rhyme scheme is ababbccdcd. Do you see how the second half of the stanza sort of mirrors the rhyme scheme of the first? Not using the same rhymes,but reversing the sequence. It’s more obvious if I make a break between sections: ababb ccdcd – though the poem is not usually written with a break.

23 thoughts on “blanket and shame (a dizain*)”

  1. I knew this was coming the very moment you told me about it this morning. And how powerfully it came. Made me cry, made me angry, made me feel helpless, and made me question a lot of things. Yes, your words cannot give justice to that little boy, but it can make many feel the agony to its core, and urge people to look inside of them, asking, what have we made of ourselves. As they say, the pen is mightier than the sword. I hope your words can change the life of someone who might be sitting somewhere, planning to perform such a heinous act. Thank you for writing this. History has it that humans have always been brutal to an inhuman extent. I am not sure what triggers these actions. What causes their conscience to die? What causes their judgement to blur? I can only pray we hear less and less of these incidents with each passing day. Again, thank you for writing this my beloved. Tremendously well written.

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    1. I remember praying to God years ago for a partner in life who would love all the aspects of me — my mind, my heart, my soul, my body, and my poetry. And then He gave you to me. And here you are feeling my heartbeats, hearing the songs of my soul, reading and seeing the meaning between my rhyme and rhythm. I thank God for giving me you. I will thank him everyday. ❤


  2. “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for.”

    We’re truly living in horrific times and you’ve captured this well.

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  3. It’s hard to say “like,” when the subject is so awful. I like your skill and your throwing light on this abominable act. Your work has both aesthetic and power. Thank you, sister.

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