The prompt for today was to write a fourteener. Fourteeners can have any number of lines, but each line should have fourteen syllables. Traditionally, each line consists of seven iambic feet (i.e., an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable, times seven). The fourteener was popular in 16th and 17th century England, where it was particular common in ballads.
I wasn’t sure I had a poem in me today…so here goes nothing…
the full moon watched from western sky as stars began to fade,
and ghosts rose from the water smooth and danced amidst the fog.
the wispy trails of dancing tails hung low beneath the trees
and disappeared into the sun who smiled in rapturous awe.
the glass that looked like honey comb glowed rosy in the light,
and dawn breathed a collective breath anticipating spring.
for past and present intertwined to weave their tapestry–
a strand of golden thread shone through just a subtle glint–
and hope was whispered on the breeze when time revealed the news.
the favored queen now labored hard anticipating birth
while saintly prayers flew up to God for safety from all harm;
for ancient legend had foretold this child would be the first
to speak the truth and wisely rule with joy and dignity.
and so the kingdom all rejoiced to welcome charity.