Souvenirs – a Décima

Dissolved in water colored hues–
the acts that touched, the words that soothed,
the days that stuck, the nights that moved.
And with the years, the paint came loose.
The images remain in use.
The joy, the gains all met with smiles;
the lost, the cuts, the days of trials.
Stacked albums sing a life’s refrain,
keepsakes of love, looks of disdain.
A trail of life — bright and diffuse.

© Gay Reiser Cannon * 4.2.16 * All Rights Reserved

The décima is a Spanish form of 10 lines – rhymed ABBAACCDDC – in principle of 8 syllables, though the rather relaxed method of counting syllables in Spanish verse means that lines can actually be anything from 6 to 10 syllables. I’ve just kept to the standard English Iambic pentameter.)

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