Orderly Words


Orderly Words

They march in shackles all across the page.
Short long, short long, they limp in ordered form.
These words too orderly to show their rage
just follow rules and do not break the norm.
Line after line, rhyme shuffled out like cards.

What truth words carry comes in second place.
Are we mere croupiers or are we bards?
For in this poem, of truth there’s not a trace.
It’s more important it maintains its pace.

Chaos was the law of nature; Order was the dream of man.–Henry Adams

For dVerse Poets we are to write a novelinee, a nine-line poem in iambic pentameter and ababcdcdd rhyme scheme. To read other novelinees, go HERE. Image by Henry Cos on Unsplash. And, also for Marsha’s WQWWC prompt on Order


prompt on Order.

26 thoughts on “Orderly Words

  1. Marsha

    Fabulous poem, Judy. I’m so envious of people who can slide in some meaning, truth and depth while trying to maintain law and order. Yours does that, though I feel for the poor shackled words. 🥸🥸🥸

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      1. Marsha

        You should and then we would know what you really meant! I mean it could be a short story, really. The Day the Crayons talked is one that comes to mind. These words, slaved over time to your mind and pen could come out complaining and making all kinds of fusses, complaining about you always looking for the truth, making them go in order. It seems like they could have several complaints just based on this poem! 🙂

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      The type that fits you best is the type that comes out of you when you open yourself up, Kirstin. It need not have form, rhyme or meter. It needs only have beauty, sincerity and truth.



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