(124) The Moment When Time Stood Still for You

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Journal 48
A Collection of New Alliterative Verse
by ArchDuke Kenneth Khanh Du

“My reflection upon the current climate which send heat waves simmering throughout time.”

New Alliterative Verse has five set parameters defined by me:
1. A couplet line poem with 20 lines or less
2. Each line contained no more than eight syllables
3. Each line has alliteration of either consonant or vowel
4. The alliteration must be tied to the next line (hence couplet)
5. Rhymed or unrhymed

Alliterative Verse as a form was adopted by me from the skalds of Norway. Skalds were the Viking's poet-musicians and their poetic form began somewhere in the 9th Century. The original form(s) with many however remain unstructured and often confusing /or ambiguous.

(124)  The Moment When Time Stood Still for You

Day by day, I work. I toil force.

I coil at night to their soil pain.

I have witnessed my fair share of

Teenage abortions and regrets;

Marriage breaking up, remarry.

Opioid treatments gone chronic,

Seem to have chronic the symptoms.

The deaths of dearly departed.

Their lasting friendships haunt my mind.  

Kind of them to say, why stand still?

Why so young bin gray not settle? 

For we did not work you to death.

At that moment, time stood still for

Patients come and go with their lives.

I’m that one constant in their lives. 

At such fractal microcosm,

I feel. I sense the human heart

Matching me per second, per beat! 

They shared their profound love and lives

With me so I may challenge life!


10/16/20 by ArchDuke Kenneth Khanh Du

Submitted: October 17, 2020

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