Window on the World

As more my lifetime passes,
I’ve relished pristine grasses,
as gentle breezes swirled.
And if, on some tomorrow,
I dream that I might borrow
a window on the world,

don’t blame me if I go there,
and watch the waters flow there,
or hear a meadowlark.
A goose flock may be squawking,
and lovers may be walking
within my fav’rite park

For once I was a mourner,
and sought to find a corner
where water rippled by.
It’s there that you will find me,
where solitude will bind me,
and if you ask me why,

I’ll say to look about you,
for with you or without you
it’s hanging in the air.
The secret to un-stressing
is feeling Nature’s blessing.
There’s beauty everywhere!

 

Author Notes:

This is a part of the Lagoon picnic area in Lake Phalen Regional Park of St. Paul, Minnesota. It is one of my favorite places to go walk. Here I show it with some fall color. The image, taken through the Oak trees, framed it nicely and inspired the window mention in the poem.

This poem is a Dixon Poem.
The Dixon measures the differences between masculine and feminine rhyme. Patterned after the poem, “The Feathers of the Willow” by English poet, Richard Watson Dixon (1833-1900).
The Dixon is stanzaic, written in any number of Sestets made up of 2 interrhymed Tercets. It is metered in trimeter, with 2 of the lines of each Tercet being feminine iambic trimeter (7 sylables with the line ending on an unstressed syllable), and one being maasculine (6 syllables) . The rhyme scmeme is:
aabccb in each Sestet.
For this poem the total rhyme scheme was:
aabccb ddeffe gghiih jjkllk.
The third and sixth lines of each Sestet are typically indented.
The feminine lines also feature “falling rhyme”, where the rhyme of the last two syllables is on the first (or stressed syllable), while ending on the unstressed syllable.

Synergy of Poetry and Verse. Author, Poet, Photographer

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