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My Metrical Sin

October 30, 2019

Published on the Ancient Paths Faceboo page on February 16, 2019.


My metrical sin never goes away,
Though I try to measure all that I say.
See that spondee? Like a thief, it slipped in,
Spoiling my verse with unmusical din;
Such is my curse—my words rarely obey!

An iambic home is where I would stay,
Yet a prosaic ear leads me astray.
Of my noted failings, the worst has been
My metrical sin.

Like Paul, I fight an inherent decay,
But knowledge alone can’t keep this at bay;
I see the right steps before I begin,
Yet, each time, my feet lose discipline.
Oh, nothing I write can ever allay
My metrical sin!

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