For the Love of Patience


Leaves fall while some remain
Steadfast they wait while changing hues
Compliant with time and purpose

“I won’t get a birthday cake
With candles and décor”
Pouting like a child in two days ninety

A text asking questions I cannot answer
Should I stay? Does he care?
I could ask the same, committed three decades

They said her heart stopped and couldn’t save her
Just returned from rehab
Are we ever filled?

Strong and resilient my lower middle tooth
Crowded by two on either side it wont budge
Neither will I, I fight for love
The cadralor is a poem of 5, unrelated, numbered stanzaic images, each of which can stand alone as a poem, is fewer than 10 lines, and ideally constrains all stanzas to the same number of lines. Imagery is crucial to cadralore: each stanza should be a whole, imagist poem, almost like a scene from a film, or a photograph. The fifth stanza acts as the crucible, alchemically pulling the unrelated stanzas together into a love poem. By “love poem,” we mean that your fifth stanza illuminates a gleaming thread that runs obliquely through the unrelated stanzas and answers the compelling question: “For what do you yearn?”

Just today’s common observations. Not sure i kept all the rules.

About Mary (tqhousecat)

I am a wife and a mother of two grown children. I love Jesus and sharing my faith through written words. I currently have a poetry blog and also write on My main focus is hope in Christ. I only wish that whoever reads this will be blessed, inspired and occasionally amused.
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11 Responses to For the Love of Patience

  1. Gillena Cox says:

    Nice!!! I can see both the separation and the connection.



  2. Grace says:

    That seems like a diffcult situation to be in. But I love the stubboness:

    Neither will I, I fight for love

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  3. Ingrid says:

    This is wonderful, Mary – I think you nailed the form! Such concise and impactful images in each stanza, united by your fight for love.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Helen Dehner says:

    A perfect interpretation of this (not easy) form! Cheers.


  5. lynn__ says:

    Sometimes we’re stuck in the middle…and upheld by patience. Good one, Mary!


  6. sanaarizvi says:

    This truly exudes patience and inner courage.. I am especially moved by; “A text asking questions I cannot answer/Should I stay?/Does he care?/I could ask the same, committed three decades.”💝💝


  7. I do love the different images and how the thread of love ran through them all…


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