The Constanza, created by Connie Marcum Wong, consists of five or more 3-line stanzas. Each line has a set meter of eight syllables. The first lines of all the stanzas can be read successively as an independent poem, with the rest of the poem weaved in to express a deeper meaning. The first lines convey a theme written in monorhyme, while the second and third lines of each stanza rhyme together.
Rhyme scheme: a/b/b, a/c/c, a/d/d, a/e/e, a/f/f………etc.
(Thanks to Shadow Poetry: http://www.shadowpoetry.com/resources/wip/constanza.html)
MARIE ELENA’S CONSTANZA:
There, but for the grace of God …I’m told I should pray for this one. And yet, I don’t know if I can. For how does one pray for a man Who’s done what this evil one’s done? His victims? Will they pray for him, Through losses of life, and of limb? My God, did You send Your own Son To die for this wicked man’s soul? To kill, maim and mar was his goal. I’m drawn not to pray, but to shun. Forgive me, I’m lacking in grace – My prayers are dishonest and base. My God, yes, You gave up Your Son Who willingly donned human skin, Then died for my own dreadful sin. Please give me Your heart for this one, And all who, like him, are misled. Without You we’re (all of us) dead. © Copyright Marie Elena Good – 2013
POETRY: BACK IN TIME
I’ve lived without my words – a mime
keeping each one all to myself
like lost thoughts sitting on the shelf.
In the ways of my prose and rhyme
I have arrived to hit my stride
expressing all these thoughts inside.
For I found that in all that time
my words were squandered and wasted,
their sweetness was never tasted.
It was a felonious crime.
Punishment? Echoing silence,
for a man of words it’s violence.
Since early man stepped out of slime,
he wanted to communicate
but sounds that rhymed still had to wait.
He was fascinated with rhyme,
and now he writes them twice as fast,
evoking emotions at last,
a poet ahead of his time!
A trendsetter in thoughts and words;
writing the sweetest rhymes you’ve heard!
© Copyright Walter J. Wojtanik – 2013
**The secret of this CONSTANZA: I went to the Monorhyme link in our IN-FORM POET WEDNESDAY directory and used my example I posted there, editing it to seven lines. I used this to complete the CONSTANZA (mindful of the eight-syllable restriction).