Our Brother, Sam

Death walked over the life threshold
With no remiss he took his hold
Leaving in his wake just the cold
Death can be bold.  Death can be bold

Our brother we loved is gone
Disease won and life has withdrawn
Without his presence be the dawn
Death thereupon. Death thereupon.

He will be missed in our life
Loved by his children and his wife
Following rhythms of highlife
Leading no strife.  Leading no strife.

Our heart mourns his loss in pain
Harshly the disease took its reign
Remorseless as his life did wane
Now death’s domain.  Now death’s domain.

We pray his body is at peace
His faith in god did not decrease
His soul was strong to god release
This life did cease.  This life did cease

Memories will always be there
Though his life relentless we spare
Loving him forever will fare
In our prayer.  In our prayer.

This poem was written in memory of Sam Opara, our beloved brother.
This poem is also an exercise in a new poetry form called a monotetra.  The monotetra is a new poetic form developed by Michael Walker. Each stanza contains four lines in monorhyme. Each line is in tetrameter (four metrical feet) for a total of eight syllables. What makes the monotetra so powerful as a poetic form, is that the last line contains two metrical feet, repeated. It can have as few as one or two stanzas, or as many as desired.
Stanza Structure:  Line 1: 8 syllables; A1 – Line 2: 8 syllables; A2 – Line 3: 8 syllables; A3 – Line 4: 4 syllables, repeated; A4, A4
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