14 July 2014

The Scent of Water: Decuain

Nature’s ceaseless sequence of life and death,
relishing rebirth, grief, joy, loss, glum,
goes on smoothly with each and every  breath.
Like a gentle song of the wind to hum,
to atrocities  never it succumbs.
The scent of water nurtures this bud,
deep within from heart’s ocean it comes,
engulfing the soul in its vast flood.
Whole body, bones, cells, tissues, flesh, blood,
flow back to their motherly earthen mud.

Fresh whiff of warm celestial heavenly breeze,
and some good, useful extraordinary deeds,
melt the painful past and stiff karmic freeze.
Leaving behind the sun, moon, stars, greed,
moving ahead, except love nothing to need,
a renewed soul emerges from the ground,
demands only emotions to feed.
Onto a new enriching journey, it’s bound,
faith, prayers, devotion will again resound
the nature’s cycle goes round and round.


The Decuain (pronounced deck•won), created by Shelley A. Cephas, is a short poem made up of 10 lines, which can be written on any subject. 10 syllables per line, written in iambic pentameter.
There are 3 set choices of rhyme scheme:
ababbcbcaa, ababbcbcbb, or ababbcbcc


  1. Yes, nature cycle goes round and round...birth and death...I specially like the scent of the water nurturing this bud ~ Such a challenging form Vandana, thanks ~

  2. very nicely done. This is a hard one.

  3. This is a beautiful contemplation of the cycle of life. I've never heard of the decuain before either. Thank you for this introduction!

  4. great line on the scent of water and the bud, and tying that to the heart as well...life and death are a cycle...one we wont escape but in accepting can see the beauty in each....cool form....

  5. Beautiful - and yes: "the scent of water" is just exquisite. I love this form, Vandana.

  6. Wow, this is a clever, poem design, and you eloquently described water and our feel for it.

  7. Wind and water, essential elements for life's continued existence. It propagates the eternal life's cycle! Thoughtful write Vandana!


  8. The scent of water... the starting point make so much sense when tied to the cycle of life.. well penned.

  9. The Decuain offers such wonderful possibilities when one wants to show the rhythmic ways in which Nature keeps her cycles.

  10. Oh yes, our emotions can feed us well.....very lovely.

  11. Nature is a wondrous and complete system. When we add our positive energies and connect, power and peace coincide.

  12. Have never attempted the form. You did so well. Life and death is indeed a round and round cycle. Beautiful!


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