Blank Verse in Iambic Pentameter

Poetry Contest
Write a blank verse poem in iambic pentameter. Any subject, 10 to 30 lines.
Blank verse has a regular meter, but no rhyme. The meter most commonly used with blank verse is iambic pentameter.

Blank verse must not be confused with free verse which lacks an identifiable metrical pattern, whereas blank verse has a very specific metrical pattern. We're using iambic pentameter to keep it simple.

It was especially favored by Robert Frost.
Here are the first eleven lines of his well-known poem "Mending Wall":

Something there is that doesn't love a wall.
That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it,
And spills the upper boulders in the sun;
And makes gaps even two can pass abreast.
The work of hunters is another thing:
I have come after them and made repair
Where they have left not one stone on a stone,
But they would have the rabbit out of hiding,
To please the yelping dogs. The gaps I mean,
No one has seen them made or heard them made,
But at spring mending-time we find them there.

Any subject, length 10 to 30 lines.

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    Entries must be blank verse (regular meter but no rhyme)in iambic pentameter. Blank verse must not be confused with free verse which lacks an identifiable metrical pattern. Any subject matter acceptable, length 10 to 30 lines.

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