Stuff – Décima

Compassion is forgiving stuff.
It’s powerful if one is meek
and raises up the burdened weak.
Not one of us can get enough.

Though waves are high when storms are rough,
though skies show off their grays,
the Lord’s aware of all our ways
so may we stay compassionate
and offer worship. Think of it:
We have the privilege now to praise.

Ronovan Hester offers the rhyme word “stuff” to be used in an A-rhyme of a décima having rhyme pattern ABBAACCDDC for this week’s challenge. Eugenia offers the word “compassion” for this week’s prompt.

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Ronovan’s Decima Poetry Challenge Image
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Morning's Dark Clouds
Morning’s Dark Clouds

Learn – Décima

Through cold gray clouds the sun still beams
on soundless white and frequent fear.
That was a wintry time of year
when what was bad went to extremes.

Till Judgment comes demonic schemes
of wickedness rehearse their coup,
but there’s still time. May hearts renew,
return, repent, refrain and learn
to let the Spirit help discern
the flaws in stuff we thought was true.


Ronovan Hester offers the rhyme word “learn” to be used in a D-line of a décima having rhyme pattern ABBAACCDDC for this week’s challenge.

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Ronovan’s Decima Poetry Challenge Image
More Gray Than Red

Pride – Decima

Rebelliousness will find its fall.
Self-righteousness will show the way
deceived deceivers go astray.
They think they’ve won, but lost it all.

On wayward paths some hear His call
and follow giving up their pride.
The faithless seek a place to hide.
The leaves descend upon the land
and snowy winter takes a stand.
The warmth’s for those who went inside.


Ronovan Hester offers the rhyme word “pride” to be used in a C line of a decima having rhyme pattern ABBAACCDDC for this week’s challenge.

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Ronovan’s Decima Poetry Challenge Image
Dam 1 Forest Preserve Trail
Dam 1 Forest Preserve Trail

Time – Décima

Delusion masks the sense of it.
Deceptive dreaming wastes my time.
From out of this I’d love to climb,
this dark, demonic, dragon pit.

Against the wall in mud I sit.
I see a makeshift rope appear
and from above the voice I hear
is telling me to grasp it tight.
There was no way, but now there’s light.
Death grabbed my feet, but mercy’s near.


Ronovan Hester offers the rhyme word “time” to be used in a B-line of a décima having rhyme pattern ABBAACCDDC for this week’s challenge. I was thinking of Jeremiah 38 about Jeremiah being rescued from the dungeon of Malchiah when describing the rescue from this dragon pit.

Ronovan's Decima Poetry Challenge Image
Ronovan’s Decima Poetry Challenge Image
Lake Michigan From Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve

Jack – Décima

Jim jumps about with wayward Jack.
They think they know the way to go,
but tend to graze where demons grow
who’ll watch them fatten then attack.

The Lord makes sure Joe doesn’t lack.
He’s led to pastures green and pure.
Through evil valleys he’ll endure
when led on paths of righteousness.
With oil anointed, fed, and, yes,
through length of days he’ll dwell secure.


Ronovan Hester offers the rhyme word “jack” to be used in an A line of a décima having rhyme pattern ABBAACCDDC for this week’s challenge. I am thinking of Psalm 23.

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Ronovan’s Decima Poetry Challenge Image
Forest Preserve
Forest Preserve

Garden – Décima

Reject deception. Walk in light.
Have fellowship and know what’s true.
Let’s show it in the things we do.
Don’t stumble through the dark of night.
Confess: we haven’t done what’s right.
We’ve stained ourselves repeatedly.
They ate the fruit. In turn are we
blocked from entering the garden.
Blood brings righteousness and pardon.
It cleanses. Jesus cleanses me.


Ronovan Hester offers the rhyme word “garden” to be used in a D line of a décima having rhyme pattern ABBAACCDDC for this week’s challenge. I am thinking of 1 John 1.

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Ronovan’s Decima Poetry Challenge Image

Verve – Décima

The foolish ones presume to know
but they’ve no grounds to say what’s true
denying Truth, an odd worldview.
Consistency’s the first to go.
Coherence fails to save their show.
Unfortunately filled with nerve
they preach their faithless thoughts with verve.
Then demons sugarcoat their grim
conceptions as their minds grow dim
forgetting Whom they’re here to serve.


Ronovan Hester offers the rhyme word “verve” to be used in the C-line of a décima having rhyme pattern ABBAACCDDC for this week’s challenge. I am thinking of Psalm 14.

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Ronovan’s Decima Poetry Challenge Image
Rocks, Dirt and Darkness
Rocks, Dirt and Darkness

Autumn

On autumn walks through falling leaves
we offer gratitude and praise.
This gift of life within cleaned hearts
caresses us through all our days.


Eugenia offers for this week the prompt “Autumn”. I am thinking of Psalm 51:10 when David asks the Lord to create in him a clean heart.

One of my short stories, Gray Butterfly, appeared in Whispers and Echoes. I am grateful to the editor for accepting it.

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Sweep – Décima

Breathe over me. I want to hear
Your saving Words. With hyssop sweep
my heart so endless joy I’ll keep.
Your Holy Spirit’s ever near.

I humbly bend my listening ear
obeying what You have to say.
I praise You through the end of day
inhaling Spirit with each breath
in gratitude till at my death
the path to You leads where I’ll stay.


Ronovan Hester offers the rhyme word “sweep” to be used in a B rhyme of a décima having rhyme pattern ABBAACCDDC for this week’s challenge. I am thinking of Psalm 51.

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Ronovan’s Decima Poetry Challenge Image
Rest Area
Rest Area

Bright – Décima

The storm has passed. The sky is bright.
A rainbow rises from the sea.
It’s stopped by clouds eventually,
but in the sky’s a sail that’s white.
We’re thankful for this gift of light.
Our gratitude pours out as praise
that we were given all these days
to listen, hear with renewed hearts,
forsaking all deceptive arts,
performing service that obeys.


Ronovan Hester offers the rhyme word “bright” to be use in an A rhyme of a décima having rhyme pattern ABBAACCDDC for this week’s challenge.

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Ronovan’s Decima Poetry Challenge Image
Rainbow
Rainbow
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