NaPoWriMo 2018: Day 3

(“Blank verse, unrhymed iambic pentameter, the preeminent dramatic and narrative verse form in English and also the standard form for dramatic verse in Italian and German.”) (source)

(“What is Iambic Pentameter? Iambic Pentameter has: Ten syllables in each line / Five pairs of alternating unstressed and stressed syllables / The rhythm in each line sounds like: / ba-BUM / ba-BUM / ba-BUM / ba-BUM / ba-BUM”) (source)

(Great…this is going to be hard)

An Empire Lost But Not Forgotten

A path where once the old ones walked alone

Where silkworms spun their soft threads milky white

Where kites flew high towards an azure sky

And figures sketched upon bone told tales great

Where Lao-Tzu rhapsodized about the Way

Where stone warriors protect the first king

And songs of flutes and drums echo in silence.


Now what is there to guide the ancient path

But stones and hands filled with greed and torment

The empire’s power has now faded away

Replaced with dust and cruelty and decay


And yet a small hope remains glistening

As the country rebuilds what once was lost

Palaces will stand in memory still

Of those who walked that buried ancient path

And we will remember those who brought down

The realm which gave us powder and paper.


(I’ve been recently reading a lot of Chinese philosophy, from Confucius to Lao Tzu to Chuang Tzu. The whole meaning of this poem is talking about the fall of the longest empire in existence—China—near the turn of the 20th century when the Qing dynasty fell, and also the destruction done by the Japanese around WWII and Communism afterwards. If there is any reference you are curious about and don’t understand, leave a comment and I’ll answer it.)

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