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Drink and dance and laugh and lie,
Love, the reeling midnight through,
For tomorrow we shall die!
(But, alas, we never do.)

Sage advice to heed in youth -
Excess, a drug we justify.
And indulgence is better than the truth -
Drink and dance and laugh and lie.

So choose your partners without care;
Keep your scruples lean and few.
Temptation wanders everywhere -
Love the reeling midnight through.

Drink and revel one last time;
Seek out pleasure where it hides.
Restraint's an over-rated crime -
For tomorrow we shall die!

And in the dawn of pain's regret
With heads aflame and clothes askew,
We may promise to repent
(But, alas, we never do!)
For :iconkiwi-damnation:'s DFC. This is a Glosa. A Glosa starts with a quatrain from a famous poem (or poem by a famous writer). The traditional Glosa has four 10-line stanzas expanding on the quatrain. I had completed two of them...and then lost them. Fortunately, the Glosa has taken a more modern turn as to form.

The opening quatrain is by Dorothy Parker.


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:iconwolfpatronus:
WolfPatronus Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
I wish I could favorite this over and over again XD Well don!
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks! I am very glad you like it and appreciate the comment.
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WolfPatronus Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
*done :)
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demonrobber Featured By Owner May 16, 2012
Excellent. We often regret our actions the day after but make the same mistakes over and over again. Self-indulgence is a common factor in all our modern lives. We all promise to repent but soon break our promises. Nicely done.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks very much. I appreciate your comment and support!
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MrWootton Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Professional Writer
Nice.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks.
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queenofrelax Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
marvellous! :heart:
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Professional Writer
I am glad you like it - thanks!
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Riversun Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Horray! I love rhyming poems to death XDD I can never write poems that aren't rhyming in some way--free verse feels too much like writing a sentance and chopping it up in random places xP
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Professional Writer
I think poetry that rhymes is much harder to do...but I enjoy the challenge. Thanks!
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Lhmac Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I really like your rhythm and the way the words all just fit. The repetition of 'alas, we never do' is pretty clever and funny as well.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Professional Writer
Many thanks - I appreciate that!
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avfc4me Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
good advice (as long as you live through it).
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:iconscarlettletters:
Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Professional Writer
Yeah...college days!
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KatieRoo Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
A Glosa...
I always plan to read up on all these poetic forms...
(But, alas, I never do!)

Love the poem!
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks very much. Yeah, doing this was an education in literature!
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KatieRoo Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Good idea! I'm not much of a poet myself but I might try that as an exercise, if nothing else, to understand (and most importantly remember!) the characteristics of each form...
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Morphine-Cloud Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011
Featured : [link]
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Professional Writer
Many thanks!
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whimsicalworks Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
Great! :)
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Professional Writer
Thanks very much. I truly appreciate that!
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brookeart Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I like this, it sounds almost sarcastic! Is that what you were going for? Because I REALLY like it.
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:iconscarlettletters:
Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Professional Writer
Thanks very much. I truly appreciate that! Actually, more ironic than out and out sarcastic.
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brookeart Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
yes, I can see that. :)
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Dedfa Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
what a meaningful poem! excellent work
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:iconscarlettletters:
Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Professional Writer
Thanks very much. I truly appreciate that!
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Villenueve Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful!
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Professional Writer
Thanks very much. I truly appreciate that!
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isabella-angel Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I love indulgences
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Professional Writer
As do I. I spent college enjoying them!
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LittlePurpleCloud Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Simply amazing!
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:iconscarlettletters:
Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Professional Writer
Thanks very much. I truly appreciate that!
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dizzyxdreamer Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
brilliantly beautiful.
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:iconscarlettletters:
Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Professional Writer
Thanks very much. I truly appreciate that!
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j0rosa Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Uhm, I will not do that ;)
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:iconscarlettletters:
Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Professional Writer
*Laughs* I sure as hell did!
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SarahMarieWilliamson Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Student Writer
Lord, your poems make my day!
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Professional Writer
Thanks very much. I truly appreciate that!
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TheDarkenedBride Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:clap: :clap: :clap:
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Professional Writer
Thanks very much. I truly appreciate that!
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TheDarkenedBride Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
you're most welcome :)
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MarstersStalker77 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011
This is incredible! Seriously, I love it!
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Professional Writer
Thanks very much. I truly appreciate that!
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MarstersStalker77 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
You're welocme :D
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suckmyanarchy Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011
"excess, a drug we justify"
had fun reading this whole thing out loud
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:iconscarlettletters:
Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Professional Writer
Thanks very much. I truly appreciate that!
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WaywardGypsy Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Nice concept I had never heard of a Glosa before.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Professional Writer
Thanks very much. I truly appreciate that!
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iliumleather Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011
that is brillant
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