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I've wandered far too long tonight.
I'm left adrift, the coward's flight -
an outcast from society.
I close my eyes and dream of thee.

Stripped of my honor and my name;
accused by all, I bear the blame.
This blasted heath from which I flee -
I close my eyes and dream of thee.

The greatest prize for which I strived,
my fellow soldiers gave their lives.
Three white feathers given to me -
I close my eyes and dream of thee.

Branded guilty, without bail,
handcuffed in irons, cast in gaol-
no longer shall I wander free.
I close my eyes and dream of thee

And after sundown, cut me loose,
an offering to the hangman's noose.
If there's a God, he'll hear my plea -
I close my eyes and dream of thee
December Form Challenge, 2012 :iconkiwi-damnation::iconprojectdfc:

The Kyrielle is a French form written in quatrains. Each quatrain
contains a repeated line or phrase as a refrain. It has a meter usually
composed of eight syllables per line but it can be varied. There is no
limit to the number of stanzas, but three is generally the minimum.
The normal structure is a/a/b/B, c/c/b/B, d/d/b/B. with B being the
repeated line.A varied structure could be a/b/a/B, c/b/c/B, d/b/d/B. etc.
or even a second line that did not rhyme at all. a/e/a/Z etc.

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aieren Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I am constantly awed by how well you master all these different styles! The writing is beautiful and so very sad.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Writer
Many thanks - I am glad you like it.
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Shades-Of-Lethe Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Brilliant work... Perfect!!
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Writer
I really enjoyed the rhyming forms in the challenge.
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conspir Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist
This is fantastic! :heart:
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional Writer
Thanks very much - I appreciate it!
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TheDorsai Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
The final two stanzas were the strongest, with the final line of this poem hitting like a truck.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional Writer
Thanks very much - I appreciate it!
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Sammur-amat Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013   General Artist
I love the feel of aristocracy and gentry I get throughout the piece :heart:
Stunning job, as always, dear sir! :clap:
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Writer
Thanks. I was going for a ballad type feeling.
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