Thanks to NEKNEERAJ of MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie for hosting this Photo Challenge #219. Also, thanks to Sarah of MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie for hosting Saturday Mix with a prompt based on writing a Decuain. Finally, I’m also combining with MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie ‘s Music Challenge #28 with the song “Cry Pretty” by Carrie Underwood.
The Decuain (pronounced deck•won), created by Shelley A. Cephas, is a short poem made up of 10 lines, which can be written on any subject. There are 10 syllables per line and the poem is written in iambic pentameter.
There are 3 set choices of rhyme scheme:
ababbcbcaa, ababbcbcbb, or ababbcbccc
For a longer Decuain poem, add more stanzas for a double, triple, quatruple, etc. Decuain.
Credit: Enzzo Barrena
“Cry Pretty” by Carrie Underwood
I’ll keep my heart closed, remain unexposed,
For I’m just a girl, though composure slips —
I can’t stay rock solid, broke and alone.
To shatter is human as each soul someday splits,
Despite all the glue patching seismic shifts.
I’m trapped in these thorns, a city of ash-bones,
I cry as I struggle caged, my insides nicked.
No one cries pretty, but smiles hide your groans.
You can say it’s all fine, until fake tears loath,
No masking; no one cries pretty like stone.
Lace and gems can’t hide my inner heart’s shame,
I try to be real, but false words infect —
In a crowd or at home, beneath poise tears rain.
Mirrors don’t lie, hurt a picture of neglect,
So, my eyes flow, as infection wrecks.
No one cries pretty, scarring pain isn’t myth.
You can’t pretend when the dam breaks, correct —
Those trails of mascara; they blacken and drip.
Scratching your face, skin red, itching with pain;
You can’t cry pretty — you’ll learn real tears save.
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