The whisper

The whisper

A Poem by peter Duggan

Mystery beneath the stars


The Whisper


In the softness of a diamond studded night

I felt that pregnant silence all around

As the moon she looked so magic in my sight

And she cast her rich dark shadows on the ground


I felt that mystic presence in the air

As I felt an awesome power deep within

And this presence it pervaded everywhere

And the silence pushed away all worldly din


I heard that silence whisper in my heart

So soft and, oh so loud, so very strong

As the voice of wisdom gently played its part

And its very purity could not be wrong


Accept yourself that whisper seemed to say

You never know your time may not be long

So why not be here now, live your life today

Yes be here now, and dance, and sing your song

© 2019 peter Duggan

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Some thoughts that may be of value when writing structured poetry:

First, avoid bending the poem to the needs of the rhyme. Look at L4 of S1, for example. The moon may do many things, but it doesn't cast shadows, It's the things that interrupt the light that do that. But, you needed a rhyme for "around," so...

Several of the lines seem a bit forced in that way, to provide the rhyme. But rhyme isn't the purpose of the poem. In fact, the rhyme should seem almost accidental, and the word be there, not to rhyme, but to perfectly fit the thought.

Then comes prosody. It's a lot more than counting stressed syllables. The smooth flow of the words should be contributing to the steady drumbeat of the line, and "flow trippingly from the tongue."

As an example, look at S2L3: "And this presence it pervaded everywhere" Read it as iambic and it doesn't work. But as trochaic, it still trips the tongue.

If you've not seen it, take a look at the excerpt to Stephen Fry's, The Ode Less Traveled, on Amazon. It's a really great essay on the flow of language in speech and poetry.

Hope this helps

Jay Greenstein

Posted 1 Year Ago

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Posted 2 Years Ago

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Added on May 7, 2019
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