Innocent Blood

Innocent Blood (A Lisolet Poem)
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Oh Weep! For the Innocent Blood of our babies,

Unsafe in their classrooms or their own city streets.

Collateral Damage in a world of maybes,

Struck down early by terror and cowardly cheats.

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Unsafe in their classrooms or their own city streets,

From Doctor tongs, gun clips, and terrorist rabies,

Torn away from mothers in unheard silent bleats.

Oh Weep! For the Innocent Blood of our babies.

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Collateral Damage in a world of maybes,

Unexpected, unprepared for dangers each meets.

Terror reigns from the muzzle or bomb-filled cabbies

Unsafe in their classrooms or their own city streets.

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Struck down early by terror and cowardly cheats.

Pray for tiny lost souls in churches and abbeys

To uphold the precious lives that terror deletes,

Collateral Damage in a world of maybes.

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Oh Weep! For the Innocent Blood of our babies!

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Author Notes

A cry to Heaven. I included terrorism bombings, war, shootings, and abortions in this lament. All innocent souls destroyed by acts of mankind.


This a Lisolet Poem, a style created by Lisa Sherman on FanStory, that has a fixed format of repeating lines and, when rhymed, a forced set of only two rhyme choices in an abab rhyme scheme.

The format repeats the first four lines in a structured reverse cascade down the stanzas follows: 1/2/3/4 2/5/6/1 3/7/8/2 4/9/10/3, such that the stanzas incorporate the repeating lines as 1/2 2/1 3/2 4/3 as the first and last lines of each stanza.

The optional rhyme scheme becomes ABCD BabA CbcB DcdC, although C and D also rhyme with AB, and the capitals represent the repeated lines. I hope that all makes sense.

I chose the syllable count to be 12, but that is not a requirement.

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