A Ghazal: Audentes fortuna iuvat

Don’t succumb; you’ve fought too hard: Die screaming.
Unearth brutal force; be unmerciful: Die screaming.

Feel strong and powerful as a Red-Tailed Hawk
Formidable foe whose prey die screaming.

Your mind in turmoil, the body always ready
To tear enemies asunder: Die screaming.

Heed this: do not tread softly upon hard ground
For the Beneath guards more who, too, died screaming.

Submerge yourself in rowdy throngs, not silence
Blood moons command from high above: Die screaming.

At night, when dark creatures do stir and awake
Grab a hammer, disfigure or maim: Die screaming.

“The only guilt I carry is sheer defiance,”
Your last words before the court, then: Die screaming.

Audentes fortuna iuvat: Die screaming.
Audentes fortuna iuvat: Die screaming.

Eight syllables of equal weight, equal stress
Felt deep in your entrails as you die screaming.

Alas, when the Reaper decides to arrive
You won’t kneel and beg for your life: die screaming.

Julieta Corpus

Author: Julieta Corpus

Julieta Corpus has been writing since the age of eleven. She graduated from UTPA with a Bachelors Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. She’s been an elementary school teacher for the past eleven years, but has never stopped writing. She’s been published by UTPA”s Gallery Magazine, Tendiendo Puentes, a poetic anthology, Mesqite Review, STCC’s Interstice and Tierra Firme , and in the September 2009 issue of the Mcallen Monitor’s Festiva, Writers Edition. She also organizes poetry readings and is an active member and participant of the Rio Grande Valley Poetry Festival and the San Benito Writers forum. Julieta blames her penchant for the dramatic in her poetry to a life long addiction to Mexican soap operas. And she is a regular contributor to Writers of the Rio Grande


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One Response to Fortune Favors the Bold

  1. Julieta says:

    This one is yet another parallel poem –I believe it’s also called “shadow poetry” or “shadow writing” …I’m currently fascinated by it because it’s very much like riding on the shoulders of giants every time I engage in this type of writing. Thank you for reading me. Julieta

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