For verily, we are souls lost at sea
Searching for what will set us free
~Vic Evora

Aimlessly drifting, lacking direction
Unanchored, meandering out to sea
Nimbus clouds, horizon to horizon
Land nowhere near, miles away from safety
He bobbed in the waves, but nowhere to turn
Eyes wide open just darkness he could see
Alone, friendless, forsaken and forlorn
In dire peril, he prays for stars to shine
Deathly afraid he won’t see the next morn!
He knew that survival is on the line
Heartfelt he prayed, asking for forgiveness
He gazed at the heav’ns looking for a sign
Obsidian skies, foreboding and moonless
Stars hid behind dark clouds; the world lifeless
Lo! Brilliant pulses light the black ocean
Beams of succor for lost ships in the night
Oscillating streaks; emerald and cyan
As ocean waves gleamed in reflected light
He sang praises, his heart buoyed by new hope
Spirit renewed, he’s just begun to fight
Swiftly he swam, his life on hangman’s rope
Towards the lights rhythmically flashing
Pulsating, welcoming kaleidoscope!
Arms weary, legs cramping, he kept stroking
Around big rocks he swam, soon the shoreline
Right before him; he cried in thanksgiving
Tired, in the sand he laid, feeling divine
As the clouds parted; and behold, moonshine!
© Vic Evora 04-07-2019

A humble attempt at terza rima.

The literal translation of terza rima from Italian is "third rhyme". Terza rima is a three-line stanza using chain rhyme in the pattern ABA BCB CDC DED. There is no limit to the number of lines, but poems or sections of poems written in terza rima end with either a single line or couplet repeating the rhyme of the middle line of the final tercet. The two possible endings for the example above are DED E, or DED EE. There is no set rhythm for terza rima, but in English, iambic pentameter is generally preferred.

The first known use of terza rima is in Dante's Divine Comedy, completed in 1320. In creating the form, Dante may have been influenced by the sirventes, a lyric poetry form used by the Provençal troubadours. The three-line pattern may have been intended to suggest the Holy Trinity. Inspired by Dante, other Italian poets, including Petrarch and Boccaccio, began using the form.

The first English poet to write in terza rima was Geoffrey Chaucer, who used it for his "Complaint to His Lady". Although a difficult form to use in English because of the relative paucity of rhyme words available in a language which has, in comparison with Italian, a more complex phonology, terza rima has been used by Thomas Wyatt, John Milton, Lord Byron (in The Prophecy of Dante) and Percy Bysshe Shelley (in his "Ode to the West Wind" and The Triumph of Life). Thomas Hardy also used the form in "Friends Beyond" to interlink the characters and continue the flow of the poem. A number of 20th-century poets also employed the form. These include W. H. Auden, Andrew Cannon, T. S. Eliot, Robert Frost, Elizabeth Jennings, Philip Larkin, Archibald MacLeish, James Merrill, Jacqueline Osherow, Gjertrud Schnackenberg, Clark Ashton Smith, Derek Walcott, Richard Wilbur and William Carlos Williams. Edward Lowbury's adaptation of the form to six-syllable lines has been named piccola terza rima.[2]


  • 0
  • 5
Login to comment...
Benjamin G. Sangalang
over 1 year

Any poem is taxing enough to write. Imagination. Word power. But Terza Rima, wow! It complicates the task many times over. So many constraints. Beyond that, your poem conveys much more than what it says, like a good poem should. "I once was lost but now I'm found" comes to mind as I reflect on it. Very Nice Vic.

over 1 year

Thanks Ben. Much appreciated. I hope I did right by using a lighthouse as the metaphor for the Holy Spirit coming to us.

Nelson D Reyes
over 1 year

Got to check back my work.Thought I have a three line stanza/ third rhyme poem.

Nelson D Reyes
over 1 year

Good for him. Hope springs eternal...but you got to have faith, find the pathway to your salvation.

Thanks Brod. Like.

over 1 year

Thanks for liking

Robert L. Martin
over 1 year

Great story. I'm glad he is alright.

over 1 year

Thank you Robert. Me too!

Charlotte B. Williams
over 1 year

I'm so glad he made it. Even when we feel all alone, God is there. Good story, always love happy endings.

over 1 year

Thank you Charlotte, for liking and also your comments. I guess it's evident that salvation is a recurring theme in my poems, Others may say obsessed even. But why shouldn't we? After all, it is the most important (and really the only) task in our lives.

Liked or faved by...

Nelson D Reyes Charlotte B. Williams Barb Clarke Francis Benjamin G. Sangalang

Other works by Vic...

Some poets followed by Vic...

Dayna Joy Juan hernandez saba saba R. L. McCallum Collin lynn Esther Yasmin Groeneveld