February 9, 2011

His simply oath of nonviolence

would redefine our common sense

In the salt mines and the Indian sea

one cry rang out, our Ghandiji

A new path of love now was set

          From this heart of true sentiment

          Compassion greeted the violent

          For if you met him you would believe          

          His simply oath of nonviolence

A pistol drawn, shell casing spent

From his native home he was sent

To a God he always wanted to see    

But stayed to help his people become free

He tried to teach all those who would help

His simply oath of nonviolence

This is a Rondeau. It is composed of fifteen lines, eight to ten syllables each, divided stanzaically into a quintet, a quatrain, and a sestet. divided stanzaically into a quintet, a quatrain, and a sestet. The rentrement can be the entire first line or just part of it, it will be the last line of both the second and third stanza. The rhyme scheme is as follows (R representing the refrain): aabba aabR aabbaR.aabba aabR aabbaR.

          Where the rentrement appears in its traditional French form, it typically does not adhere to the rhyme-scheme–in the interest of maintaining the line’s buoyancy and force. But when nineteenth-century English poets adopted the rondeau, many saw (or heard) the rentrement as more effective if rhymed and therefore more assimilated into the rest of the poem.

3 Responses to “Mohandas”

  1. Scent of my heart said

    The world needs more people to teach us the oath of nonviolence …

    Very nice poem!

  2. Bodhirose said

    I sadly miss him too. This is a wonderful tribute to Ghandiji.

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