Updated date:

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


manatita44 (author) from london on November 22, 2020:

Amen ... and by so doing help ourselves. We take humanity with us and we also receive. A bit like the maestro and the audience or the Gardener and the flower garden. The spiritual Heart grows though giving. Bill is probably a very good example. Peace.

manatita44 (author) from london on November 22, 2020:

Great! No need to change. We will all walk according to our past Samskaras (Impressions and habits of present and past lives ... the accumulated karma) So, for example, it is right for one to be a monk, but harmful for another. One's an awesome gardener, but the other has no feel for it. One of the greatest verses in the Gita, admonishes the human to do his Dharma (Duty, calling, righteousness), offering the results to the Absolute. Long talk. Haha. You're awesome at what you do! Thanks for gracing my page. - Manatita

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on November 22, 2020:

Thank you for honouring me with this article, manatita. That is most kind of you and greatly appreciated. Both sonnets are excellent, and thank you for your brief description of rhyming poetry. Poetry is a beautiful form of writing and there is a place for all types. Rhyme however will always be my favourite. Take care,

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on November 22, 2020:


Yes! We write to reach out to the souls of others. Much gratitude.

manatita44 (author) from london on November 22, 2020:

Yes, Linda C,

The second is a regular Sonnet. Thank you so much!!

manatita44 (author) from london on November 22, 2020:

Great Eric.

No mind is sometimes awesome! Have a nice family evening! Peace!

manatita44 (author) from london on November 22, 2020:

Hi Linda, How are you? Stay blessed and well ... much gratitude and I'm sure John will appreciate this sweet sentiment. Have a great Sunday.

manatita44 (author) from london on November 22, 2020:

You show a great understanding, Brenda. I did the piece about Identity today, another popular poem within poetry circles. As usual, people think I'm experiencing these things, but I'm actually expressing the moods of the soul. All mystic poets do.

Sure, they may talk about past experiences sometimes, but even if it is/was their own, they see souls as a spark of the Divine and as such very similar. So we are actually reaching out to receptive Hearts. Gratitude.

Eric, Great. No mind is sometimes a great thing, Bro. have a great family evening!

Hi Alicia,

The second is a regular Sonnet. Thank you so much!!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on November 22, 2020:

I love rhythm in poetry. Thank you for sharing the interesting information and poems, Manatita. I particularly like your second poem. The rhythm there is beautiful!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 22, 2020:

Great poems, always to remember. I often do not notice the type of poetry much. I like so many styles. Seems I do not judge of styles much. Bring me content any day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on November 22, 2020:


John Denver and Bob Dillion...I love both, but especially John Denver. Give me his melody and lyrics anytime.

I enjoyed reading about rhyming poems.

The good ones are not easy to accomplish.

You seem to do it quite well.

The first one is so heartfelt, how depressing his life feels. Gloom and doom wishing to find peacefulness instead of embracing sadness and heartache. He wants to learn how to find this peace.

I love this part in the second one for we often become distracted:

Tsunami waves did make my Spirit numb;

Delayed the visions of my treasured goal.

But in the end this is his treasure. I love it!

I enjoy both of them but free verse gives one more ability to be descriptive or just be.

Thanks for sharing another great write.

Take care.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on November 22, 2020:

Thank you for honoring John in this way. He is a treasure. Both you and he amaze me with how beautifully you use words to paint, to make music, to broaden our imaginations and touch our souls. You do all of those things, and more.

manatita44 (author) from london on November 22, 2020:

Sweet and charming Pamela.

Kudos to your variety in taste. Have a great Sunday!!

Hi Bill,

Thank you for your precious Sunday visit. You, Bev and loved ones, stay well and blessed!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 22, 2020:

Oh you poets! Constantly bringing beauty into the world with your words and images. I say BRAVO to you all, and thank you for making this world a better place to live in.

Blessings to you both

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on November 22, 2020:

I enjoy reading poems that rhyme, but I think there is a place for all types of poetry. I enjoyed reading your poetry, and I like the video. Honoring John is a nice thing to do, particularly on this type of article.

manatita44 (author) from london on November 22, 2020:

Thank you, Peggy. You too and stay safe and blessed. Gratitude.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 22, 2020:

I like the idea of "Peace that never sleeps." Rhyming poems can be fun to read. Enjoy the balance of your Sunday!

manatita44 (author) from london on November 22, 2020:

Ann, chuckle here about your teacher

We tend to have talents that come out later in life, like Peggy says of some of her work. I was always a writer, but chose the way of nursing. Now I write much more -- to NGO's, Councils, local organisations, Governments and so on.

So perhaps you're a late bloomer, like Bill, but your background is strong. Thank you so much!!

Yes Dee, many of the romantics wrote in rhymes. But like Shakespeare, their words were so elevated! Like what I see in Indian or Chinese movies, addressed to Paramours, but equally deserving for God. They can be that sublime! Gratitude, my Dear. Have a great Sunday!

Ann Carr from SW England on November 22, 2020:

I like the melancholy of 'The Peace that never sleeps'.

As for your poll, I like all poetry; each has its worth and seems to fit particular subjects better than the others. Free verse is fun to follows one's thoughts, or rhymes keep us in check for more focussed emphasis. I just love poetry! Strange, because at school I hated it, couldn't understand it - maybe the teacher's fault and not mine, that's my excuse!

Great stuff!


Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on November 22, 2020:

I still love a rhyming poem although I've read that some people think that they're childish. Some of the best of the Romantics wrote rhyming lines, and as you have aptly demonstrated, one can state serious truths in rhymes.. Here, as always, I appreciate your excellent work.

Related Articles