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Rhyming Poems. Sunday's Inspiration 24, to My Esteemed Brother John Hansen

Manatita is an esteemed author living in London, UK. He writes spiritual books, flash fiction and esoteric poetry, his favourite genre.

Wisdom from the Master

"God will never give anything untimely.

That would be like plucking an unripe fruit from a tree,

Thinking that it will be most delicious." - Sri Chinmoy

"Just one smile

Immensely increases

The beauty of the Universe." - Sri Chinmoy


A glimpse into rhyming poems

Rhyming poems vary tremendously in style. Some are incredibly simple, charming, childlike, like nursery rhymes, some are packed with wise content, yet others are sublime, deep, meaningful and engaging, like a Petrachan or Shakespearean Sonnet.

The Sonnets mostly rhyme at the end of the first and third line, second and fourth. They come as three quatrains (Stanzas) with an extra rhyming couplet, as in my second poem. Yet rhyming is so much more! Some poems rhyme in every line, others in the first and fourth and yet others seemingly at random but adding embellishment or beauty to the piece.

This may happen only in the final couplet, summing up the entire story of the poem.

In my first poem, I have included four quartrains in the first and the more typical three in the second. Rhyming poems involve much more, however. They tend to have a specific scheme, a beat, a metre ... a cadence flowing through them, like a vibrant river; lyrics that talk to you like a John Denver or Bob Dilllon and yet can still be a 'stand-out' in their own unique way.

Too tired and unprepared to give worthy examples today, but I can think of many! Suffice it to say, that a great rhyming poem, is always a joy to read:

"O young Lochinvar is come out of the West,

Through all the wide border his steed was the best." - a famous poem on the internet

"Come list to me and you shall hear,

A tale of what befell.

A famous man of Switzerland,

His name was William Tell." - Another famous school poem. Full poem on the net.

The first one has eleven syllables; the second eight and six. Lots of rhyming poems has the eight and six patterns and one or two of Shakespeare's Sonnets has eleven. Most Sonnets are ten syllables though, while a lot of rhyming poems can vary. What is significant is that they maintain the rhythm ... the flow or momentum, all the way through. 'Nuff for now.

Gain and loss


The Peace That never Sleeps.

Where is the good I seek in loss and gain?

Why not enjoy whatever comes to me?

Death of my worth; an enemy in pain,

Life’s journey’s short and time goes fleetingly.

A dagger in my heart, ambition’s flight,

More thorns than fragrant roses in my soul.

The best wine pales before my Lovers Light –

Sweetness within, my long-term cherished goal.

Song and dance, will not check my desire,

For self-respect, esteem and things mundane.

Sorrow lies beyond the heights of pleasure,

Blue skies will pass and some will feel disdain.

There are no winners; losers in this game,

But preparations for the Bliss to come.

Woe me, O world, I feel so very lame,

Even the rainbow’s glint, feels cumbersome.

Seems all is vain and now my shadow weeps,

Teach me to seek the Peace that never sleeps.

- Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 11th August, 2020.


You Dance Within the Floodlights of my Soul. A Regular Sonnet

Here upon the sacred hours of the morn,

You cast asunder all my ‘treasured fools.’

The troubles of a forlorn Heart are gone,

Your flame of bliss now dissipates my ghouls.

Thy winds a strong tornado had become,

Wreaked havoc in my mind and restless soul.

Tsunami waves did make my Spirit numb;

Delayed the visions of my treasured goal.

Sprouted within, green shoots of hope now shine,

No more the floods or torrents in my core.

I bathe in Light and at Your banquet dine,

The wine of sweetness bountiful in flow.

Your peerless Love, my only cherished goal,

You dance within the floodlights of my soul.

- Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 11th August, 2020.

A dance flowing to the rhythmic sounds of Rumi's poetry

Rhymtical poetry

© 2020 manatita44

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