Written for: Robert Brewer’s Dizain Challenge*
* This particular form was a favorite of 15th and 16th century French poets, but it has also been employed in English by the likes of Philip Sidney and John Keats.
Here are the basic rules of the dizain:
One 10-line stanza
10 syllables per line
Employs the following rhyme scheme: ababbccdcd
Sufferers of bi-polar disorder
observed in those I know, see fission
created by disease pushing borders,
from blue depths and loss of forward vision
to spurts of manic exhilaration.
An exhaustive state in which to exist–
at times resisting meds for sense of bliss.
Unshakable confidence, often true.
To obtain balance, and avoid abyss,
mind labors in stress. I wish strength for you.