The following poetry takes the form of Christ-in-a-Rhyme. It deals with the theme of pain in love.

The Christ-in-a-Rhyme, a shape poem of the spiriatual nature, was created by Christina R Jussaume on October 3, 2006, consists of five 3-lined stanza that must rhyme (scheme for this form is aaa, bbb, ccc, ddd, eee) and a syllable count of each stanza is as follows:

Stanza 1 – 8 syllables
Stanza 2 – 14 syllables
Stanza 3 – 7 syllables
Stanza 4 and 5 – 5 syllables.

The poem should be centered to show the cross that will be created. This form was created in memory her mother, Christina. The form and the example poem are copyrighted in Christina R Jussaume’s book, “My Walk with Jesus,” published by Publishamerica.

What’s that childhood hour—-I haven’t seen

Where others were, I’ve never been

Love rain didn’t make my parched land green.

Engaging voices and soft echoes of laughter, I miss,

And regretfully wait for my mother’s feathery kiss

My cold nights barely surrender to sunshine’s pristine bliss.

Your smile I see but don’t feel,

My hunger grows after meals,

Those stubborn cuts never heal.

It isn’t a bare nest,

One who’s in, is best

I’m just put to test.

I cry, weep then rise,

Nothing’s worth that price,

One never dies twice.


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