Be Kind (Sétnad mór)

Be Kind

Be kind. Too quickly we accuse

our hearts, ourselves, impose pain.

Blind, ashamed, confused, we excuse

self harm as certain, see stains

as lasting when they wash away

like waves. Absolve yourself. Wind

down, let go, watch a doorway

open. The world waits. Be kind.

By K. Fionn Murphy

Ancient Irish Poetic Form: Sétnad mór *

RULES

Form: 8(2) 7(1) 8(2) 7(1) **

Rhyme scheme: A B A B

Dúnad: First word, phrase, or full line (considered best) is repeated at the end of the poem.

Úaim: Alliteration where possible.

Example from the old manuscripts:

Cráebrúad Chonchobair meic Cathbad

Clár día cingtis curiad cath,

is mó éirned réimned ratha,

asa téiged macha i-mach.

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Ordinary man. Eater of food. Writer at times. Ireland.

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K. Fionn M.

K. Fionn M.

Ordinary man. Eater of food. Writer at times. Ireland.

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