General Poetry posted January 14, 2022

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A quatern.

The Athlete

by royowen

The athlete runs to gain the prize,
beyond the bend the trophy lies.
And yet the goal is not what gains,
nor is it skill for which one trains.

Deceitful is the glory's guise,
the athlete runs to gain the prize.
It seems to me I run the race,
to keep my heart in God's good grace.

My faith is built upon a dream,
and not some cunning hope and scheme.
The athlete runs to gain the prize,
it lies somewhere beyond trust's rise.

For I will run to win - not place,
I know I'm covered by God's grace.
On eagle's wings my faith still flies,
the athlete runs to gain the prize,

R.Owen 1/12/2021



A quatern
A quatern comprises 16 lines X four quatrains, similar to the kyrielle. It has a refrain line. Line 1 of the first stanza becomes line 2 of the second stanza. It progresses until it becomes the last line of the fourth. It has eight syllables for each line and a set rhyme scheme. this one is aabb.
1Corinthians 9:24-25 Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you will win it. Athletes exercise self control in all things, they do it to receive a perishable prize, but we an imperishable one.
Thanks for reading. R.Owen.
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