POETRY: Joseph S. Spence, Sr

Joseph S. Spence, Sr.

- Joseph S. Spence, Sr.

Mother’s Beholding Beauty (Reversed Tetractys)
Her beauty
Her sight melts hearts
She is the mother who walks in the light
Enlightens’ babes with precious joy and love!
Smells like rose
With a touch
Such joy

Authors’ Notes:  Tetractys, poetic form consists of at least 5 lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 10 syllables.  Tetractys can be written with more than one verse. Double Tetractys maybe written as:  1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 10, 4, 3, 2, 1.

My Sister Drinks Diet Dope (Monorhyme Poem)

My knuckle head sister drinks diet dope
Getting her jumping that’s no joke
Have her hailing dream of the Baroque
Her eyes bubbling like frying an egg yoke

Forcing forward folks without a smoke
Making her stronger than an old oak
Floating as a swimmer with butterfly stroke
Drinking a deviously chilled diet dope!

Authors’ Notes: Monorhyme poems have the same end rhyme in each line. The rhyming scheme normally follows the pattern of: aaaa

Strong Swift Son—Be Encouraged (Septolet)

My son
The long race.
Be encouraged!

And be strong.
Not swift,

Authors’ Notes:   Septolet poem has seven lines with a total of fourteen words.  It has two parts with a break between each.  This one has a syllable count pattern of 1,2,3,4,3,2,1. The same thought and picture are portrayed in both parts for a complete picture. 

Fluffy Fresh—Pillow (Kyrielle Sonnet)
At night I lay my head to sleep
Closing my eyes there is no peep.
This soft bed is just so mellow
My head rests on this fresh pillow.
Forgetting the stress of the day
I am in bed without delay.
Soul at ease— the mind must follow
My head rests on this fresh pillow.
Satin sheets over my shoulder
Keep me warm—not getting colder.
Fantasy dreams I now billow
My head rests on this fresh pillow.
At night I lay my head to sleep
My head rests on this fresh pillow.

Authors’ Notes:  Kyrielle Sonnet has 14 lines (three rhyming quatrain stanzas and a non-rhyming couplet). It has a repeating line or phrase as a refrain in each stanza. The French use the first and last line of the first quatrain as the ending couplet which reinforced the refrain within the poem.

Rough Rolling Ramblers (Redondilla)
Rough rambling rams’ flashes pass
Looking straight as a new lamp pole
Tough bikers now on a nice roll
Heads held high like soldiers in mass
Rough rambling rams with a flow
Cool wind caressing on their cheeks
On the back-seats’ ladies look sweet
Shining with such rumbling glow
Rough rambling rams’ bikes traverse
Around the coast and this afternoon
Grumbling your town one day soon
Rolling thunder spitting loud burst
Rough rambling rams looking sweet
Bikers grumbling sound flashed pass
Streets and curbs they travel in mass
Fancy tattoos make them look meek
Author’ Notes:
Redondilla is a Spanish poetry form. It has four lines. The rhyme scheme varies from aabb, abab, to abba. This poem is about the rough rolling ramblers passing through town.


  1. Thank you, my dear friends and editors, for your gracious consideration of publishing of my series of form poetry in your Bilingual Journal of Literature, Arts, and Culture. I am very inspired by your esteemed thoughts and find it very motivating. My continued submissions will be foremost. Blessings always!

  2. "Mother’s Beholding Beauty" & "Fluffy Fresh—Pillow" are my eye's and ear's delights. Grateful for your wonderful ink. kudos dear poet.


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