In Stead Of…

A birth unheralded, shameful, undisclosed
Single parent, if barely that, and poor
Her life already stretched—too much imposed
Her own childhood was bleak with slamming doors
What is there for me, her newborn implores
A spark is lit:  I must be strong and love!
Stand tall, fight against all that I abhor!
Allow gracious good to reign, in stead of…

Looked back in the archives and decided to try another huitain for our dVerse Open Link Night.  Grace is our hostess:  http://dversepoets.com/2013/03/19/openlinknight-week-88/

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Snow Leopard

Bing free photos:  Snow Leopard

Bing free photos: Snow Leopard

 

Hidden, rare, you escape our questing eyes
Dizzying altitudes are where you lay
Tibetan mountains offer sly disguise
Shadows darkened blend with your spotted gray
While romping blue sheep are your choicest prey
Slate-stone, thick, heavy coat, wide, padding paws
Keep you fixed and warm as you slink away
Naps on the cliffs, yawning jaws, stretching claws
 
Cunningly clever, don’t allow a glimpse
Seen, if you allow, but only a peek
Blending, perfectly still…as if a sphinx
Himalayan, craggy, mountainous peaks
Elusive, secretive, you raise our pique
Gone as we seek, our eyes are playing tricks
Ghostly legends tell of your tale unique
By monks, lamas and those who light joss sticks

Photo:  Google Images; Bharal or Blue Sheep

Gay Reiser Cannon instructs us on the Huitain form on dVerse Poets Form-For-All:  http://dversepoets.com/2012/08/16/formforall-huitain-gemma-wiseman/

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