Maria Clara (A Loop Poetry)
you are the woman they used to call Maria Clara
Maria Clara the symbol of purity and innocence
innocence further described by Rizal as a pure soul
soul that is of a sheltered Filipina woman.
woman, who does not value material things
things bestowed upon her by admirers
admirers seeking to capture her heart
heart that she promised to remain pure.
pure and demure that’s what you are
are you just now a product of forgotten history?
history twisted and fabricated by some and by many
many who who have nothing but evil intentions.
intentions after intentions; ambitions after ambitions
ambitions that destroyed the pure heart
heart of a Filipina woman called Maria Clara
Maria Clara, oh, Maria Clara where are you now?
👉María Clara, whose full name is María Clara de los Santos, is the mestiza heroine in Noli Me Tángere, a novel by José Rizal, the national hero of the Republic of the Philippines. Her name and character has since become a byword in Filipino culture.
👉José Protasio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda was a Filipino nationalist, writer and polymath active at the end of the Spanish colonial period of the Philippines. He is considered the national hero of the Philippines.
Over at d’Verse Grace asked us to write a loop poetry.
Loop is a poetry form created by Hellon. There are no restrictions on the number of stanzas nor on the syllable count for each line. In each stanza, the last word of the first line becomes the first word of line two, last word of line 2 becomes the first word of line 3, last word of line 3 becomes the first word of line 4. This is followed for each stanza. The rhyme scheme is abcb.
1. Stanzas, writers choice on the number, no rhyming, the last word, first word scheme is maintained.
2. One long stanza, no limit on number of lines, no rhyming scheme, the last word, first word scheme is maintained.
3. Couplets mixed with 4 line stanzas, the last word, first word scheme is maintained in the stanzas. It can also be used in the couplets. Rhyme scheme is ab, cc, defg, hh, ii, jklm, nn, oo.
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