Looking at the Angles

I want to preface this one because if I don’t people will start asking me questions and jumping to conclusions. This poem is not about domestic violence. It is about being loved despite our stubbornness. It is about rejection of love that heals, forgives, comforts. It is about the love our Creator has for us from His point of view…

All rough edges
Your sharp corners poke me
Gently I hold you
Angles pressed in flesh
Willingly I hold the points of your pain
My tears will wash clean our mutual hurts

All rough edges
And corners that cut me
Will heal given time
Leave permanent scars
Become a touchstone
Remind me we’re one heart, one mind, one soul
I refuse to believe violence subverts

This is a duodora, a poem form created by Dora Tompkins as a quatorzain (a 14 line poem) composed of 2 septets (7 line stanzas). The poem is syllabic with the following count per stanza: 4/6/5/5/5/10/10. The first line of the 1st stanza is repeated as the first line of the 2nd stanza. The last lines of each stanza rhyme. All other lines are unrhymed. The rhyme scheme is:
A/x/x/x/x/x/b, A/x/x/x/x/x/b

30 thoughts on “Looking at the Angles

  1. well done, Muri 🤗 I love that your poem avoids all names of g-o-d as they only belittle – as tance both Rumi and st John of the Cross knew in their poetic writing. Thanks!


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