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Shall I find thee all in ice ensnared,
the tree boughs stripped, the blossoms bared,
trapped in a wet and wintry grave -
the blight of snow and hoarfrost shared?

They brought you here, their souls enslaved.
The altar where your minions prayed -
a brilliant diadem of ice,
the offering that your cold heart craved.

They linger here whilst you entice
their frozen limbs as sacrifice.
Their wizened hands by you declared
the chosen few who paid your price
December Form Challenge, 2012 :iconkiwi-damnation::iconprojectdfc:


The Rubaiyat is a Persian form which means a collection of rubais (quatrains) put
together. In each quatrain, all lines rhyme but the third. The rhyme scheme is aaba or it
can be aaba bbcb ccdc etc which is called an interlocking rubaiyat.

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leyghan Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This reads like an ode. A tragic and beautiful story told in just a few lines. :heart:
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Writer
Many thanks. I appreciate it!
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MoonLiteMagic45 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Student Artist
This is beautiful! It's like reading a soliloquy (or in this case, the snow queen in the preview picture). I can imagine the queen walking through the snowy forest. Amazing job! :D :clap:
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Writer
Thanks very much - I appreciate it!
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MoonLiteMagic45 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Student Artist
You're welcome! Keep up the great work! :D
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caddman Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
...Fantastic work!...:heart:
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Writer
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caddman Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
...my pleasure Brendan ..:)
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Villenueve Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Superb work my Magician of words!:hug::heart:
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Writer
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OnyxiusART Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love Rubaiyats- never heard of an interlocking one, though. I must say, you are just AMAZING. The imagery is perrfffeecccctttt.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks very much!
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Bullcross Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
OH GOD FINALLY DA HAS GIVEN ME BACK HOPE THAT THERE ARE GOOD ARTISTS WHO GET TO THE FRONT PAGE. WITH MY WHOLE HEART I BOW AND FAVE THIS PIECE OF PERFECTION!
THE STRUCTURE YOU CHOSE IS AWESOME (AABA) - THE PERSIANS HAVE GREAT POETRY. MAN I CAN'T HOLD MY EXCITEMENT. (BOW TO THE MASTER)
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional Writer
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HourglassOfLostTime Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
Amazing!
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional Writer
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Momotte2 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful ! :clap:
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional Writer
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Shades-Of-Lethe Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the dark imagery!! Absolutely divine!! :heart:
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional Writer
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TheDorsai Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Now this was so very well done. I think this is my favorite of all your submissions so far. This form is just so...enthralling. I feel like it puts hooks in you and drags you along.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks! I think it is my favorite form.
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FrozenStarRo Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Brilliant :clap: thank you!
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional Writer
Many, many thanks for allowing me to use it!!
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belianis Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Disney is now making a movie based on the HC Andersen of the same name.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional Writer
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belianis Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
HC Andersen TALE, of course.
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SpokeninRed Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Really AMAZING work!!! Just gorgeous!!
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional Writer
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Sheimosha Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
beautiful work :love:
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somersetholmes Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
Gorgeous work :clap:
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional Writer
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
The verse flows nicely and that is some very powerful imagery! I love the tale of the Snow Queen.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional Writer
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artkonik Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
GreaT!
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AYLINLUMIC Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
awww so beautiful and magical)
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AYLINLUMIC Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
No problem) ♥
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papirous Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012   General Artist
awww....though makes me feel sorow, i love it!
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SilverCurlyART Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012   Digital Artist
wonderful my dear :iconcraciun6::iconttaasst:
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional Writer
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bslisted Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
Very well written and I love the story of the snow queen! I wrote a piece about her years ago (not to compare of course as yours is much better...I like to think I've come a long way since then but here (Explain the Cold) As always, keep up the good work!
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bslisted Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
one of the best writers on here writing about one of my favorite subjects...win/win
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WaywardGypsy Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This Rubaiyat is splendid Omar Khayyam would be proud!
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional Writer
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red-revolutionary Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
marvelous.
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