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To write meaningful poetry when challenged is quite an experience. This poem was a combination of two challenges - not so plain and simple.

First, a paradelle is a specific repetition of lines, with each stanza ending in two lines which use all, and only all, of the words in the previous lines. Also, the last stanza uses all, and only all, of the words from all previous stanzas . . . Secondly, I had to use the phrase "when faced with your face."


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Reflection (a Paradelle)

Reflection speaks to me
Reflection speaks to me
Of every bygone day
Of every bygone day
Reflection of bygone
To me speaks every day.

Yet when faced with the past
Yet when faced with the past
When faced with your face thence
When faced with your face thence
Yet with your face when faced
Thence with your face the past

Enlightenment I see
Enlightenment I see
The wisdom in your eyes
The wisdom in your eyes
I see the wisdom in
Your eyes enlightenment.

Of every day the past
Bygone, reflection faced
Thence when reflection speaks
Yet in your face I see
With wisdom in your eyes
Enlightenment to me

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