Incremental Poetry ~ 45 Lines

Secret Strength

Songbirds start warbling as
morning sun breaks through the
blinds in the window
and falls down in ribbons
on a bed neatly made.

Fresh coffee’s aroma
comes in from the kitchen,
awakens the whole,
both spirit and body,
to expect excellence.

She carries her java
to her patio perch,
where she sits a while
with her open Bible,
the sun, and the songbirds.

In this quiet place, she
uncovers secret strength
in the joy of Him,
and in learning to love
and know Him more each day.

When her cup is empty,
and her heart is filled with
her Savior’s praises,
then the time has come for
the work day to begin.

The passing hours only
look like idleness, for
her body sits still
while her mind labors hard,
its ideas to record.

Write it once, and again,
but differently this time.
Keep working at it;
persistence will pay, for
soon you will get it right.

No, scratch that—start again.
You can do much better.
The internal voice
pushes her to find the
essence of the message.

Satisfied at day’s end,
she takes an evening stroll
to whisper good night
to the sun and songbirds,
finds sleep on her pillow.

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:
Flamenca
Spanish Poetry, the Flamenca, or Seguidilla Gitana, carries a fast staccato rhythm. It is a variation of the Seguidilla.
Stanzaic, can be written in any number of quintains.
Syllabic, 6-6-5-6-6 syllables per line to imitate the rapid click of the heels of a dancer.
L2 and L5 assonate (same vowel sounds).

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