1 | "A maze of dark surprises" [sestina]
The world has become a maze of dark surprises
from day to day we move as through a jungle
the character of the land who recognizes?
so many things within our breathing mingle
how curious grow the puppet's bright disguises
can you break a 20 friend? I need a single
To grasp the multiple comprehend the single
but when the two are glimpsed it wreaks surprises
each season dons a bevy of disguises
the urban's but an instance of the jungle
the object of the party is to mingle
the guest of honor no one recognizes
Though vague may seem the scene one recognizes
the moon within the sky endlessly single
it's true among the stars she likes to mingle
her course grows far too mythic for surprises
the field wherein she strolls is not a jungle
she favors masks from Venice for disguises
The sun and moon are famous for disguises
within the beggar God one recognizes
the wildness in the heart exceeds the jungle
perchance that's why for penance we stay single
life's anyway prodigious with surprises
the fundament of the city is to mingle
A world is formed because the atoms mingle
the drama's based on multiple disguises
both happiness and sorrow hold surprises
is ignorance what no one recognizes?
I've managed to live for fifty summers single
I've failed to build a palace amid the jungle
Without the animals where would be the jungle?
the upland petals down in the lowland mingle
a single thought is never finally single!
the face itself is perfect for disguises
without a past there's naught one recognizes
without a future who would feel surprises?
All life one recognizes in the jungle
a billion soft surprises daily mingle
duality's blithe disguises hide the single
I'd been vaguely curious to attempt the sestina for a long time, but never got around to it. At last, the occasion of a literary exercise intervened and gave me the push.