Cursed ~ duodora

This poem is my second response to the prompt from Lisa at dVerse ~ Poets Pub, dVerse Poetics – Halloweeny Humans, which asks us write a poem speaking to a human attribute that is particularly irritating, using a Halloween or Samhain theme. I’ve considered my first response and rewrote it to meet Lisa’s further challenge: “For extra candy corn bonus points, write the poem in the Duodora form!” My sweet tooth couldn’t resist.


Cursed, they should be
Always with their snooping
Digging in the dirt
Hurting whom they will
Never satisfied
So intent on the godforsaken truth
Those damned and dreadful souls who know no guilt

Cursed, they should be
Whose closets hold no bones
If the truth were told,
Their own lives laid bare
And lies brought to fore,
They would not be so sanctimonious
There, within the glass houses they have built


The Duodora is:
~ a quatorzain made up of 2 septets.
~ syllabic, 4/6/5/5/5/10/10 syllables per line.
~ rhymed Axxxxxb Axxxxxb
          ~ line 1 is repeated as a refrain that begins the 2nd stanza.
          ~ x is unrhymed.

33 thoughts on “Cursed ~ duodora

  1. If I recall my Sunday school lessons correctly, the bible says that everyone’s secrets will be shouted from the rooftops. I don’t expect the glass house people to enjoy that very much!

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  2. Fabulous conversion of your American Sentence to a Duodora, Ken. Reminds me of that Eagles song, “Dirty Laundry.” Like when people stare as they drive by accident scenes, human nature has a morbid interest in what’s in other people’s closets. It makes for good storytelling in theory, but in practice it destroys too many lives and certainly the closet owner’s piece of mind. Well done, and your sweet tooth has earned a tidy sum of candy corn 🙂

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