National Poetry Writing Month 2021, Day 7: Resignation

My Day 7 poem is my response to the prompt, which is to write either a fib (six lines, with the number of syllables on each line corresponding to the Fibonacci sequence, or 1/1/2/3/5/8) or a shadorma (six lines, with the syllable count by line being 3/5/3/3/7/5). I combined both forms, using the fib for the opening and closing stanzas, and the shadorma for the stanzas in the middle.

it’s time
to give up.
I know now that you
have turned away from me for good.

You couldn’t
know all the changes—
beating me down and around,
sending me to ground.

I lay low
and quieted down
waiting for
the next shoe.
It never disappointed
to disappoint me.

Now this place
far away from home
is my home,
and I must
learn how to get back into
Grace’s good graces.

It’s a slog.
Redemption is real,
but Grace is
a skeptic,
not given to forgiveness;
one has to earn it.

no blame,
carry no
anger, when I know
you can see only what you see.

(6 April 2021 – posted April 7th)

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  1. I absolutely love this. You combined the forms so well, and I like the repetition of parts of words within each stanza.

  2. No matter what form (or forms) this work takes, it’s friggin AWESOME. You make BOTH of these work perfectly to tell it it plainly. The Fib / 4 Shads / Fib structure is PERFECT for this moving tale.

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