Despoiled by crass stupidity,
greed and carelessness, earth damned ─
to sterile desert life condemned ─
assured by man’s cupidity.
Will we survive obliquity,
rebuild, recharge, re-discover
simple ways and so recover
everything we used to value
live our lives in days less shallow  ─
symbiotic, help each other?

Written for dVerse Meeting the Bar, the Decima  is a 10-liner with 8 syllables (octosyllabic) per line in the following rhyme pattern: A B B A A C C D D C
Coincidentally, today is Earth Day, and Elizabeth Crawford gives us a prompt to write about nature, life or this planet we call home.  


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15 Responses to Decima

  1. Good one, Viv. Great use of the form.

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  2. Bryan Ens says:

    A perfect decima for Earth Day.


  3. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says:

    May it be so!


  4. Your voice here is strong as well as musical. You pose the challenge of this time as the planet itself is changing around us and we realize how fragile it and we are. Well penned!

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  5. colonialist says:

    Neatly rhymed and eloquently stated. Wouldn’t it be nice to help each other rather than ourselves to everything we can lay greedy hands on.

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  6. Bodhirose says:

    I love your perfect decima which gives us a stern talking to, to shape up and get ourselves together…before it’s too late. Thanks, Viv!

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  7. lynn__ says:

    To re-discover simple ways and live life symbiotic…worthy words!

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  8. Sherry Marr says:

    I wish, and if only we would.

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  9. It should be so simple.. I love how the rhymes and rhythm enhance that last message… yest we should

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  10. That would be ideal…aptly stated…the outcome and the solution.

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  11. AAAARGH! You are write on the money with this one, Viv. Sadly.

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  12. Mary says:

    Yes, it WOULD be nice if we as a human race would learn to help each other. Simply that! We can hope….and try in our own corner of the world.

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  13. 1sojournal says:

    Thanks for joining in Viv.



  14. katechiconi says:


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