Flickering Lights of Pain

I skidded into June without even tapping the brakes. Time seems to slip through my fingers the further I travel down the road. I decided to take a pit stop at the poetic form called a Dansa. This style of poetry, known as an Occitan (the official language of Catalonia) form with no set meter. This lyrical poetry style comes from the Occitan words for “to dance.” I called this Dansa Poem Flickering Lights of Pain. I also used the Random line generator to spark my creativity. The generator’s line suggested, ” Flickering lights of pain morn like a child.”

Guidelines for writing a Dansa Poem and Flickering Lights of Pain

*Opening quintain (Or five-line stanza) followed by quatrains (or four-lined stanzas)

*The opening line of the first stanza is the final line of every stanza

*Rhyme scheme in the opening stanza: AbbaA (Capitol represents the refrain

*Rhyme scheme in the other stanzas: bbaA

There are no other rules.

Note: I will also be adding Black Out Poems as we go along the way. I plan to keep using this style until the book I’m using runs out of pages for me to play with to create these unique and visual poems. I’m excited about jogging down this road.

Flickering Lights of Pain

Flickering lights of pain morn like a child
A shadow that casts a shadow flow in the dark
The stillness of the night interrupted by a dog’s bark
The distant moaning of the wind winsome and wild
Flickering lights of pain morn like a child

Whispered words of love, a splendid spark
A thrill ride in life’s amusement park
A familiar voice that once beguiled
Flickering lights of pain morn like a child

Unsalvageable terrain without a single landmark
A miserable mystery wearing a giant question mark
Waiting here for answers, chilly and exiled
Flickering lights of pain morn like a child

I should rescue myself from this scenery, strange and stark
Brush the sleep from my eyes and ignore your remark
But I can’t help feeling deflated and defiled
Flickering lights of pain morn like a child

Who is Molly Shea?

Molly Shea is an accomplished fictional short story writer from Indiana who writes short stories and novels about a fictional town called Tecumseh.  To read more of her short stories and adventures, click here.

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I am the author of Saving the Hen House. I didn't know when I started it would turn into a series. I love to ride motorcycles, the blues, my family, and going on adventures. This old hen rocks.

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