The Artist...

I paint to keep from aging dust,

guard as befits a loyal trust;

her eyes a haven for lovers bold,

beauty the elixir which they uphold.

Clean and pure a vessel indeed

from which her lovers take good heed,

rust has no place or right to seed.

I gently brush the strokes with love

guard the lines below, above,

her eyes deserve my utmost best

beauty preserved in eternal rest.

Clean yet fragile but forever young

from canvas now her beauty's sung,

rust denied albeit flung...

Laura from dverse poets has given us this challenge below. I have highlighted the line I chose: Here is the link to dverse: Poetry with Kisses

  • Since there’s no help, come let us kiss and part

  • Shake hands for ever, cancel all our vows

  • By freezing passion at its blossoming

  • I guard her beauty clean from rust

  • Quail from your downward darting kiss

Choose ONE of the above lines and write a stanza(s) taking each word as the start of each successive line i.e. the first word begins the first line, the second begins the second and so on. Basically, we are taking the horizontal line and making it vertical- its vaguely acrostic and I’m not sure if this form has a given name.

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