Kaleidoscope dreams (Sestina)







unwind the evening shades of sapphire moon
behind cool painted shadows morning kissed
imprinted rhapsody of phthalo tune
as haunting themes take shape here out of mist
for all along this way Light’s image stream
to lead reflections home held in a dream

agape wanderlust of midnight’s dream
bare reverie beneath love’s fetching moon
swift flowing in a wanton hurried stream
like whispering to waving shorelines kissed
to spray the air with salty azure mist
as crashing waves bring mother nature’s tune

lift universal tongues to sing in tune
endeavor to unite seraphic dream
soon color blind to racial biased mist
legato stillness of the nimbus moon
embracing all the prisms heaven kissed
aware our conscious ripples in the stream

behold our youth is scattered in this stream
a legacy of music out of tune
content to dance in wicked rhythm, kissed
consumed by greed our sacred selfish dream
dark ebb and flow soon beckoned by the moon
becoming just guerrillas in the mist

as stolen forests fall in twilight mist
endangered life goes floating down the stream
a cove runs red by dolphin’s bloody moon
man silenced innate wisdom’s sweetest tune
now captive in a nightmare’s shallow dream
in agony for freedom deeply kissed

to taste the purest lips I’ve ever kissed
enraptured in a blissful teary mist
entwined in silken colors of this dream
as earthly wonders fade our peaceful stream
undying song’s eternal perfect tune
awash impassioned shadows of the moon

for weary souls that pray by holy moon
left counting Mary wooden beads are kissed
while piping organs play oppression’s tune
the Kool-Aid’s passed around in faithful mist
salvation’s baptized in a steady stream
dark justifying means through promised dream

on farms they’re raised green grass their simple dream
to graze in fields beneath earth’s peaceful moon
appease their offspring near a babbling stream
aware the simple pleasures sunlight kissed
life ripped away in bovine slaughtered mist
for hungry carnivores atrocious tune

as double-bells kept time for tribal tune
and bare hands gathered in a djembe dream
their flesh was sold beholding savage mist
enslaved in vessels guided by the moon
bereaving homeland iron-clad they kissed
as slave ships swept across the ocean’s stream

the left and right debate in bright main-stream
behind the ramparts of star-spangled tune
their cunning speeches sold and babies kissed
majestic mountain’s brazen purple dream
the world to gaze upon our western moon
as blood dries in the dawn’s light early mist

in wheat fields covered with a cypress mist
asylum’s magnus opus vivid stream
for beauty found in Van Gogh’s Starry moon
his orchestra of colours richest tune
museum walls to hold the artist’s dream
each masterpiece his sable brushes kissed

invented by a poet pages kissed
Sestina’s crossing end-words retro mist
a system to switch rhyme scheme but a dream
as double vision structured stanzas stream
iambic meter verses ring in tune
themes illustrating letters to the moon

in vivid dreams subconscious spirits kissed
awakened in the moon’s transcending mist
amid nirvana’s stream our stellar tune

Note: Two other poets and I made a deal that we would ALL THREE write one of these (bastard Sestina’s) as an experiment. We agreed at the urging of one of the poets (who shall remain nameless) that we would write our Sestinas in rhymed iambic pentameter. Composing this was akin to a writing marathon in a straightjacket. Here is my double sestina in rhymed iambic pentameter.

The sestina is a strict ordered form of poetry, dating back to twelfth century French troubadours. It consists of six six-line (sestets) stanzas followed by a three-line envoy. Rather than use a rhyme scheme, the six ending words of the first stanza are repeated as the ending words of the other five stanzas in a set pattern. The envoy uses two of the ending words per line, again in a set pattern.

First stanza, ..1 ..2 ..3 ..4 ..5 ..6
Second stanza, ..6 ..1 ..5 .. 2 ..4 ..3
Third stanza, ..3 ..6 ..4 ..1 ..2 ..5
Fourth stanza, ..5 ..3 ..2 ..6 ..1 ..4
Fifth stanza, ..4 ..5 ..1 ..3 ..6 ..2
Sixth stanza, ..2 ..4 ..6 ..5 ..3 ..1

Concluding tercet:
middle of first line ..6, end of first line ..2
middle of second line ..1, end of second line..4
middle if third line ..5, end of third line ..3
The oldest British example of the form is a pair of sestinas (frequently referred to as a double sestina), “Ye Goat-Herd Gods”, written by Sir Philip Sidney in 1590

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11 Responses to Kaleidoscope dreams (Sestina)

  1. In awe of the structure, and word choice. Love how you enveloped all that is good and wonderful around all that is corrupt and vile, which highlights it all the more by its subtlety. I think my favorite lines are:

    consumed by greed our sacred selfish dream
    dark ebb and flow soon beckoned by the moon
    becoming just guerrillas in the mist

    the spelling of the word “guerrillas” jumping out and making the point of that stanza so clear.

    I dream of painting such pictures with my words. Bravo, Christi!!

  2. Much better than mine. I really like this form. I just can’t write it. You did a great job

    Wheat fields and cyprus created a super unique image for me. Great odor and appeal.


  3. Gay says:

    Two read-throughs did not do justice to the eloquence and beauty of this masterpiece. I am in awe at the deft weaving of the words and theme as you take us on journey of modern life in its self destructive green and consumption, its responses to it, each stanza probing human nature in another facet culminating in the envoy examining the form itself. I’m stunned and not sure I’m even qualified to do any more than admire it and hope it gets the readership it deserves. Excellent pales as a tribute to it!

  4. hedgewitch says:

    Amazing, and I am in awe at the rhyme–I can’t even imagine how hard this must have been, and yet it seems to flow as effortlessly as the moonbeams and dreams that make it up. I also love the little rocks thrown into the stream that give it character–“pthalo” and “djembe” as well as the darker currents of abrupt contrast. Fine writing to form, and a full rise above and beyond the challenge. Also quite a pleasure and experience to read.

  5. Victoria says:

    Christi, this is magnificent. There is such a mystical quality to most of this and then, all-of-a-sudden, you rip me out of it with the whole political debate/abuse factor, which makes it so effective. I delight in the way you’ve woven art and music into this challenge. I can imagine who it was that dared you to do this. :0> It seems a bit sadistic but look how you excelled.

  6. These are my favorite lines:

    “legato stillness of the nimbus moon”

    “man silenced innate wisdom’s sweetest tune now captive in a nightmare’s shallow dream in agony for freedom deeply kissed”

    “asylum’s magnus opus vivid stream for beauty found in Van Gogh’s Starry moon”

  7. poemblaze says:

    A lovely swirl of words and images!

  8. I don’t understand how you did it but like Houdini you escaped the straightjacket while running. I’m sorry it took me so long to get here to admire your talent and determination but I’ve been on my own reading marathon between all the sestinas and third-eye entries at dVerse. I feel like I should have come bearing a giant bouquet of flowers, amazing!

  9. Kelvin S. M. says:

    ..double Sestina, double pleasure – WOW! Miss Christi this is very excellent! and perhaps, my favorite of all i’ve read.. it reads very effortlessly magical and intense.. the end-words are perfect and stunning.. i wonder how long you were able to weave this fantastic Sestina..the mastery of words are always there and now i am just honored by your appreciation at my attempt.. i’ve overlooked the rule in envoi of having all the six end-words put together in my attempt.. it’s only when i came back at the dverse to read the article again that i noticed that mine’s a bit off of the form.. hehe.. maybe, am too carried away by the challenge of the Sestina since it’s my first encounter with it… and i really had so much fun that it took most of my day and even missed my b-fast and lunch writing it… what a ride.. somehow, i feel proud of myself for taking the risk of dealing with the Sestina.. thanks for the additional info you included in here.. some other time i’ll be researching for more of this kind and read some of the authors’ works of it! Have a nice day and God Bless!(:


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