Friday, May 26, 2017

Brilliance had luck to play its pittance

                                                               Attribution: Seaman Shannon Heavin
Image: Looking through the Spyglass (here)

No spyglass held to view the distance
Life an open book set to differ
Some made a name in all innocence
Some ended the day a sad failure
Brilliance had luck to play its pittance
Most drifted along to remain poor

So success did not discriminate
Some plainly luckless not got it made

Note: Not given thoughts to the 
iambic meter. Not really sure if 
this is an acceptable ottava rima                            

Frank's at d'Verse's
Form for All  - ottava rima 

15 comments:

  1. look ahead! Life happens any way. But look ahead, Hank!

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  2. One has to look ahead ....and hope.
    Loved the read Hank Well Done.

    Yvonne.

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  3. Life will have its way, but we have to push through anyway.

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  4. Since most drifted along to remain poor success did not discriminate. That makes sense. Since we all die there's no discrimination there either.

    The rhyme scheme is like ottava rima, but there are 10 lines rather than 8. It is hard to say what is acceptable as an ottava rima form since all forms are somewhat arbitrary and open for modification. As far as I'm concerned, I accept it. I'm glad you linked it, Hank!

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    1. Thanks Frank! May have to do this form again later in time.

      Hank

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    2. Frank, had it amended into 8 lines for the immediate to bring it nearer to the rules as stipulated.

      Hank

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  5. Maybe we should just accept what life brings.

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  6. A spyglass does not serve one in limitations. Well done, Hank.

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  7. Indeed, no one can really see what the future has in store. It is quite extraordinary how some rather ordinary people when young could achieve tremendous success later in life, on the one hand, and how those expected to be a success ended up a failure somehow.

    ~Imelda

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  8. Nice one, Hank. I love the spyglass line which even though telescoped, doesn't see that far.

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  9. "Success did not discriminate" ... I like the sound of that!

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  10. "Life an open book set to differ". Isn't that the truth? It does tend to make its own course. I guess it's all in what we do with it. Nice write!

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  11. That was good Hank. Still looking to the future,

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