I learned this form from Poetic Bloomings.

To be honest, I didn’t get into it. I don’t know if it’s because of the weather today
or my bleak mood but it didn’t float my boat.

These rules came from Walt and Marie’s site:

“L’Arora was created by Laura Lamarca. It comes from “LA,” (Laura’s signature) and “Aurora,” which is Italian for “dawn.” Guidelines:

Stanzas are 8 lines in length, with no particular syllable count per line
4-stanza minimum length
No maximum length
The rhyme scheme is a, b, c, d, e, f, g, f.”

Here’s what I came up with.
On second thought I might not like the form because my youngest starts
high school tomorrow and I may be just a slight bit emotional.


My quiver is full. I’ve nocked
four with shaky reserve but he’s the last arrow to launch
into the world.
I don’t know how to release him,
I only know how
to hold him at full draw
with furrowed brow.

My aim is not for a target
but for his bend
in the wind, the one
that belongs to only him,
the one that frees him
from drifting without aim,
the sure road to
dependable shame.

I wonder if I have
the strength to draw
my bow with faith
in his wit
and will to combat
the arrows in flight
side-by-side his own
by day and by night.

I am not trained in
bowman tactics, my
spent blunt arrowheads
buried underground but
Iron sharpens iron.
In four years of trial
I’ll release my hold
with vigor and sad smile.


Speak to me of thoughts unspoken.

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