Humanity, or: Humility

A ‘Roundabout’ poem

Big! Bang! Our universe was born.
Something came before it-
A universe
That was no worse-
Something came before it.

Grind! Creak! The continents all split.
Earth's species were dispersed-
Giant sloths lopped;
Balbarids hopped;
Earth's species were dispersed.

It fascinates that life's diverse;
Though man came out on top...
And by our scorn,
Our world's uptorn
Though man came out on top.

'Course, evolution has not stopped;
This age is naught but morn-
We should admit
We're not most fit-
This age is naught but morn.

d’Verse prompt: In a roundabout way

At d’Verse, writers were encouraged to compose ‘Roundabout’ poems. The ‘Roundabout’ is:

  • Four quintains (five-line stanzas) for a total of twenty lines
  • Iambic meter throughout
  • Lines have 4;3;2;2;3 feet respectively
  • Line 5 repeats line 2
  • Rhyme scheme is aBccB bCddC cDaaD dAbbA

Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!

42 thoughts on “Humanity, or: Humility”

  1. Wow David, deftly done! Youโ€™ve mastered the form and taken me on a tour of the universe. I love how Earth’s species were dispersed. The question is, as โ€˜this age is naught but mornโ€™, what happens next?

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