Napowrimo 22: Ottava Rima for Earth Day


Some of us are blessed in our surroundings
happy to be here on God’s good earth,
beauty in the air and everything around us.
Drought, earthquake, fire and flood have brought a dearth
of sustenance, catastrophes abounding,
destruction caused by greed of man and worse,
devastation caused by acrimony,
and inability  to live in harmony.


An Ottava Rima is a poem written in 8-line octaves. Each line is of a 10 or 11 syllable count in the following rhyme:scheme. Abababcc  I think I could have done more justice to the theme in free verse.   Posted at dVerse Poet’s Pub and the Challenge 



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18 Responses to Napowrimo 22: Ottava Rima for Earth Day

  1. C.C. says:

    The contrast between the two halves certainly gives one pause to think….very effectively written!

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  2. Mary says:

    What a contrast between the optimism at the beginning and the pessimism at the end. The way you expressed it was very impressive…

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  3. othermary says:

    Yes, you’re right. Lots to consider here. Thanks.


  4. Ron. says:

    One thing’s certain: if it’s good, we WILL find a way to screw it up. Well said, V.

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  5. lynn__ says:

    A thought-provoking ottava rima, Viv!

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  6. Peace on earth seems impossible. We must find peace in our own hearts and pray others will too. Nice write. Peace, Linda

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  7. Kathy Reed says:

    Well put….and sometimes it feels like a joke or circus, dangerous games being played. How I wish all were blessed with peace!

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  8. colonialist says:

    So true. It makes one realise that a single thing capable of benefiting Earth most would be the total eradication of the human race.

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  9. kanzensakura says:

    I agree – some cultures appear to be diseased. I often wonder why we can’t just agree to disagree and move on, move forward. Wonderful rhythm to this and the rhyme scheme is so very good.

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  10. Glenn Buttkus says:

    You rocked the prompt, but I agree that for many of us, our voices, our messages are never more clarion that when unwrapped in free verse, prose poems, haibun, lunes & such. Thank Christ for the poets who speak out in the journalism of the heart.

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  11. billgncs says:

    I don’t understand this drive to kill anyone who believes something different…. I think whole cultures can become insane, and perhaps some ideas are themselves diseases.

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  12. I think I have caught a theme.. why is it so hard to live in harmony? Why do we create those harsh divides.. I listened to Carl Nielssen’s 4th symphony, written during WWI.. some tremendous music to illustrate the craziness of men.


  13. To be the water for Bruce Lee..
    to be the air for me..
    to live in soils of earth..
    feet planted in feat of love
    is a way for me to live
    as tree of love as well..
    as leaves of grass
    standing tall alive..:)

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