Grande Aspirations ⁓  (a poet's longing)

Grande Aspirations ⁓ (a poet's longing)

A Poem by Richard 🍃
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Nabla Del (a type of concrete or shape poem)

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© 2020 Richard 🍃


Author's Note

Richard 🍃
"NABLA DEL"
an original poetic form
created by Richard W. Jenkins
© 12 Dec 2001

In the shape of an upside down (inverted) triangle, this form must be centered for full effect, but may be aligned left or right when formatting will not permit center alignment.
There is no set syllable count per line, but each descending line must be reduced by (at least) one or two letters, until there is one word at the bottom, and a smooth sided inverted triangle has been produced.
12 Lines total are required in the following order:
1 … Opening/Introduction Line
2 … Quatrains (4-Line verses)
1 … 3-Line Closing Verse (triplet)
Rhyme scheme is: x, xbxb, xcxc, xxx (x = no rhyme). But, by author's choice, there can be more rhymes, as long as the required minimum rhyme scheme is met.
Note: The Introduction line and verses are separated by a free space.
It can be a challenge … if you try it, just have fun!

Painting: A young Rembrandt Van Rijn, self-portrait, oil on panel, c.1625

All well-meant, constructive critique is welcome! : )

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Thank you for this wonderful piece. During my days as a promising writer I have always had in mind ways and means of making my writing more appealing by introducing different forms/styles to make my work more versatile. In reading you, the 'master' I am gradually more convinced that somehow this is possible/within reach.

Posted 3 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard 🍃

3 Years Ago

Hello, Lady Kitty,
I is lovely seeing you today, reading and reviewing these rare verses from.. read more



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Amazed at the skill shown here, Richard.. and certainly not for the first time.

May I ask a question please: which came first, the words or the form? Did the one suggest a, 'I wonder if.. ..? or did the other throw itself on your mercy? There's no doubt that the form is conscientiously filled with meaningful phrases.. but.. am intrigued and wondering..

Take care, keep safe. Please

Posted 1 Year Ago


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emmajoy

1 Year Ago

Thank you, Richard.. not sure I actually have the answer I was looking for, especially as its origin.. read more
Richard 🍃

1 Year Ago

In looking back through my old spiral notebook I ran across my original Nabla Del form and poem, as-.. read more
emmajoy

1 Year Ago

Many thanks for doing that, Richard, how very thoughtful. Anything that helps me understand, even i.. read more
I love shape poems and I'm admiring this one as I find them esp difficult. I thought I saw this form employed by someone else. It's a fab poem you created and how you say you yearn the wondrous dreams but are a simple guy, that is relatable to me too somewhat as I love meekness. Kudos!!

plz pleez do read and comment my newest poem too. I like to know poets thoughts.



Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard 🍃

1 Year Ago

Hi, Dear Zaynab 🌾

It is wonderful to find your name under one of my humble little .. read more
Hello Richard,
Yet another wonderful work of art created by you. Beautiful transitions from line to line. I especially enjoy, "I'm naught but a plain and simple man..." emphasizes how extraordinary your mind and spirit are. A clever shape your writing takes, I'm sure required a lot of patience and time. A true inspiration to all writers out there. from your mature word usage to the presentation, you never seem to slack. Keep being amazing.
~ Midnight Thought, Jinx.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard 🍃

1 Year Ago

Hello, yourself, Jinx 🌸

I hope you've been enjoying the site and making many new f.. read more
Richard: I love the visual in this form ( but I wouldn't dare an attempt myself ....Lovely words and images you have put forth, whether you are just a simple poet or not ( you are very complex)...your goal: to strive beyond best is plainly seen here ...and I like the way you asked for many readings....Excellent work!

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard 🍃

1 Year Ago

Hi, Betty Dear 🌺

Thank you truly. It is so very nice to see you today and to recei.. read more
Only YOU could write a poem like this. Most of us are throttled by a more modest self-assessment! I hate to even ask someone to read me once, let alone command them to "sit back for a while & read me again"!!!! Such audacity!!!! And you probably think I'm the audacious one (of us two)! *wink! wink!* Your form & execution does come across as perfection, however! (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard 🍃

1 Year Ago

Hi, Dear Margie 🌾

You always have something interesting to offer in your reviews, .. read more
Richard, hi! Cool verse, loved it. Very well written and attractive to the eye.

~Helena~

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard 🍃

1 Year Ago

Hi back, Dear Helena 🥀
Thank you ever-so warmly and gratefully … happy hugs! ⁓ Richard.. read more
Richard, your humility shines through in this poem. And, you're a master poet. Aren't most of the best dismissive or hushed about their own talents? Grand aspirations realized, I'd say. The form is remarkable, the last verse like a period at the end of the best written sentence on the last page of a classic novel. I bow to you, sir.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard 🍃

1 Year Ago

My fine poet friend, R.E. 🍁

Thank you ever-so gratefully for gracing this humble e.. read more
R.E. Ray

1 Year Ago

You're welcome, Richard. You're a pleasure to read and an inspiration.
ahahahaha ... judge me sins and read me ag'in :))))))))) nice sense of humor Richard. Looks to be a challenging form.... you certainly have a penchant for creating them ... the title and shape speak to me right away ... as ones aspirations may meet with obstacles and failures they sometimes peter out to one word and.........nothing .. this very personal poem to all here at the Cafe' and beyond is touching .. you bring unique, creative, thoughtful, honest poetry and I am sure many are sending your closing Love to all ... back at ya brother. in lieu of your book being completed this makes all the sense in the world .. best of good fortune always Richard
E.



Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard 🍃

1 Year Ago

Ah, Gene, My Dear Friend 🍂

No one writes excellent reviews quite like yours … an.. read more
Einstein Noodle

1 Year Ago

oh my goodness .. you know i am lazy right?! ;) i appreciate the challenge tho ... i've been quite u.. read more
Wow, what a wonderful form here, This is one amazing piece, love the pic as well

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard 🍃

1 Year Ago

Thank you, Lady Kym

That you "love" anything about my humble little poetic efforts m.. read more
Woah!!! I love this shape-poetry, this is some new kind of art, also you can say a more linked work with art and poetry. Loved this poetry, well I have one in the shape of a 'wave', you can check here- https://www.writerscafe.org/writing/MC23/2163209/ . I'd love a nice review :) *smiles*

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard 🍃

1 Year Ago

Hi, Lady Aurora 🌈

Thank you ever-so warmly and gratefully for such a lovely, appre.. read more

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