The Dogs – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Grace is hosting Poetry Forms with an invitation to write a ‘Sparrowlet’ which is an invented form by Kathrine Sparrow (a variation of a Swap Quatrain). For details of how to write a Sparrowlet follow the link below. In brief a Sparrowlet is written –

Stanzaic, any number of sixains.
Sylabic, iambic tetrameter.
Rhymed (BbabaA)
L1 and L6 of each stanza are written in two hemistichs or half lines.
The two halves of L1 are inverted to form L6.

dVerse Poets – Poetry Forms – Sparrowlet

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“Something about the howling of a wolf took a man right out of his here and now and left him in a dark forest of mind ….” George RR Martin

The Dogs

The dogs adrift, outside this night
bring vivid dreams of a howl in fright,
my nerves are frayed my mood is rift,
unsettled in this dark seeking light,
my survival now just grift as
outside this night, the dogs adrift.

Visions of bite, so fill my mind
my science of old is a bind,
and yet I stand and here I fight
resisting all the fear of kind,
holding on and not taking flight,
so fill my mind, visions of bite.

Copyright 2022 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
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28 responses to “The Dogs – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Charis Counselling

    That is amazing – I don’t know how you did that complex form so well


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  2. The darkness of the mind. So well done, Paul.

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  3. Ain

    That was superbly done…but more than that, if there ever was a parable about Ukraine right now, this is it…

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  4. VJ

    I feel this fright every night, as coyotes stalk our woods.

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  5. This poem sent a chill down my spine. I particularly like “visions of bite.” I’ve never seen fear expressed quite this way.

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  6. I like the way Martin uses wolves in GoT. They are the familiars of the Stark Family.

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  7. Wow! Even thought this metric remembers me more on a chemical formula, the resulting poem is fantastic, Paul! Thanks for sharing, and have a beautiful weekend! xx Michael

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  8. Complex form. Simple emotion. Well done!

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  9. Oh, the fear we all feel… and then I can feel that coming from Ukraine in the wind.

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  10. visions of bite



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