Incremental Poetry ~ 44 Lines

The Color of Sky

Blue is not just
the color of sky,
and it’s okay to sigh
when your wounded soul’s hurting.

Gray is not just
for overcast days;
and forget about praise,
for it brings man to nothing.

Black is not just
the hue of the night;
and there’s no need for fright
when the reaper comes calling.

When I was young
I learned that colors
reach far beyond what eye
can plainly see, to tell us
of the world that hides deep within,

below the crust,
inside the belly
of both beast and beauty,
interpreting emotions,
to see what others only feel.

I learned to love
the red of roses,
joy in sunshine’s yellow,
take rest in the green of grass,
and drink in the orange of sunset.

But roses fade,
the sun hides his face,
and grass does not stay green.
And so I learned of change—but
most of all I learned these things: that

blue is not just
the color of sky,
and it’s okay to sigh
when your wounded soul’s hurting.

Gray is not just
for overcast days;
and forget about praise,
for it brings man to nothing.

Black is not just
the hue of the night;
and there’s no need for fright
when the reaper comes calling.

Copyright © 2019 Abigail Gronway – All Rights Reserved

Welcome to my series, Incremental Poetry, where each week the featured poem will be one line longer than the one I share the week before. I have no idea how long I’ll keep this up, so we’ll just have to wait and see. Thank you for stopping by.

Scansion:
Cyclone
Invented by Sector-Hunter
a poem that wraps around to form a loop; made of 10 stanzas, where the last three say what the first three said
First 3 stanzas are quatrains (4 lines each) with syllable count 4-5-6-7
Next 4 stanzas are quintains (5 lines each) with syllable count 4-5-6-7-8
with a word or whole line that will flow into the last three and cause the poem to loop.
Final 3 stanzas are identical to the first three.
Rhyme is optional.
Centered on page
Total length = 44 lines

I used both internal and external rhyme in the quatrains, but no rhyme at all in the quintains. Instead, I employed alliteration.

2 Replies to “Incremental Poetry ~ 44 Lines”

    1. It was an interesting form, to be sure. It was not exactly love at first sight with this one, but I will visit it again to get a better taste. 🙂 Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. It’s always good to see you.

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