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For All Who Dare
How scared they must be—and how brave-
the women who dare to bare their hair—
and all who battle not monsters, but men,
who protest, write pamphlets, drop flyers–
the Plaza Madres, the White Rose students,
those with forbidden books, those who share
their knowledge, truth, the oxygen
that inspires and fuels their desires–
the feathered hopes on wings, phoenixes
that singed still soar to sing—everywhere–
riders on a bus; a girl with a pen—
swirling spires of dragon-breathed fires
Not if, but when. Then they do it again.
For dVerse, where Björn’s Meeting the Bar prompt is to write a bref double poem. You can read more here. I’ve put the unrhymed line first: xabc, xabc, xabc, ab.
Fabulous work with the form!! The form literally disappears in the meaning…and I love these words “that singed still soar to sing”
Thank you so much, Lillian! 😊
You made the form soar with your compelling images! 💙
Thank you very much, Punam! 💙
My pleasure, Merril. 💙
Reblogged this on Becoming is Superior to Being and commented:
We need more who dare. “To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself.”
— Soren Kierkegaard
Thank you very much!
Oh yes! This is wonderful, Merril! I didn’t understand the form until I read yours 🙂
Thank you very much, Dale!😊
It’s not a complicated form, but I added some internal rhymes, too.
No, not that complicated. But yes, I did notice internal rhymes!
You went with xabc, which was creative. Your message is so bang on, it’s painful. I fear the “girls” will be brutally imprisoned and beat down. But I applaud and support them!
Thank you, Glenn. 💙 I fear they will be beaten down, too–but hopefully there will be others who succeed.
This is so wonderful and brilliant. I love how you incorporate all those brave women and men who are brave enough to challenge the oppression.
Thank you very much, Björn!
I started this as the quadrille for this week, but then I decided to expand the idea for your prompt. (So thank you!)
Beautiful job with the form Merril. Flows effortlessly. Nicely done my friend! 🙂✌🏼❤️
Thank you so much, Rob!❤️
Cheers to these brave women specially those who share their knowledge, truth and passion.
Thank you very much, Grace.
The few that dare have given much to many. Well done!
Thank you, Frank! 😊
Oh! Marvelous ! I love this.
Thank you, Rene! 😊
Another very powerful poem.
Thank you very much, Liz.
You’re welcome, Merril.
Absolutely love that last line.
Thank you so much!
Yes! A moving and powerful tribute.
Thank you very much, Rose!
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For those who dare ….
Hats off to Merril for writing this.
Thank you so much, Reena! 💙
So much necessary courage. I think about them every day. Well said. (K)
Thank you very much, Kerfe.
Damn, this is so good … in form and meaning 🙂
Thank you so much, Marie! 💙
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Thank you, Michael!
Beautiful and very powerful, Merril! Thanks, and enjoy a nice weekend! xx Michael
Thank you so much, Michael. I hope you have a wonderful weekend, too!
Thank you, Merril! xx Michael
A fine tribute
Thank you, Derrick.
I wish we lived in a world where those who dare didn’t have to. Beautifully done, Merril.
That’s lovely, Robin. I wish so, too. Thank you. 💙
Poignant, that last stanza was especially touching and well done! 👏👏
Thank you so much, Tricia! I’m so pleased you thought so. I kept revising it. 😊
It does take time to get these forms perfect!!
“the feathered hopes on wings, phoenixes
that singed still soar to sing—everywhere–”
Thank you so much, Gillena! ❤️
The poetry of strong women. That’s an amazing piece there, Merril. I must say I liked it. Keep writing ✍
Thank you, Lamittan!
I have no plans to stop writing. 🙂
Of course you mustn’t, dear. You’re most welcome 😊
I hope the women of Iran (and anywhere who are oppressed by men and religion) get somewhere, get some freedom.
As you have lost a bit of your freedoms to choose in the USA, some struggle to gain any.
I taste something bitter!
Thank you, Resa.
Yes, we’ve definitely lost some rights here, too–but the election showed that people are upset about it–a good thing!