the perfect ten

Why not follow these wise instructions from the “owner’s manual”?

I AM the Lord your God who set you free
Why then make idols of created things?
My name is holy, give honor to me
Enjoy a day of rest, my praises sing
Respect your parents, it will long life bring
You should not hate or take a person’s life
Bed only one who wears your wedding ring
To take someone’s possessions is not right
Speak truth so all can trust your honesty
And be content, your blessings come from me.


The decasyllabic decastitch (10 lines of 10 syllables each) poetry form has been ascribed to Sheeley A. Cephas and named ‘the Decuain’ (pronounced duck•won). It is written in iambic pentameter with rhyme scheme (ababbcbcaa). Just follow the rules 🙂 Linking with Laura and dVerse Poets.

12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jewish Young Professional "JYP"
    Mar 15, 2022 @ 07:27:10

    Ooh, I love this interpretation! Very effective and cool

    Reply

  2. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Mar 13, 2022 @ 11:15:03

    Indeed… and I would like to add… never take the name of God to your killing… It’s amazing to me that the Russian Orthodox Church is blessing the war…

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  3. Laura Bloomsbury
    Mar 13, 2022 @ 04:38:58

    a perfect topic for the decuain and I love not only how you rewrote the commandments in your own words but found perfect rhymes too – bravo Lynn

    Reply

  4. katiemiafrederick
    Mar 12, 2022 @ 11:35:16

    Lynn, Lynn, Here At the Very End
    Again Just Like Old Times Hehe As
    You Celebrate A Form of Poetry Based on ‘Ten’

    SMiLes Dear FRiEnD

    Not Much Into Form

    i AM

    True if Only We All
    See God As Essence
    We Don’t Get Lost in Idols
    Of Covering God With Clothes
    of Idols Like Assigning One Form to

    All in All

    Of Essence of
    All That Is i Am

    As ‘They’ Used to
    So Eloquently Relate

    Not Enclosing The Great i Am in A Name

    Vain Where Essence i AM May Be Imprisoned

    Now in only 3 Letters Bought and Sold This

    Way As If We Tiny Humans Get to Buy And

    Sell Essence

    of i am

    in Clothes

    Of Idol Letters

    As Small as Three
    And Even Tell ‘God’ What to Do
    And Oh my Goodness Who to Be

    What is Often Lost in Translation

    Is Letters And Words Will Be Made
    into Golden Calves of a 3 Letter Word
    ‘God’ and Bought And Sold the Same Way

    As Gold

    Becomes

    Form So Much
    Smaller Than Essence
    Of All that is Yes Alpha Thru
    Omega Beginning Always New Now

    True Just Another Metaphor For the Largest
    Venn Diagram Without Human Measure Now

    The Spirit
    Wind of

    The Great
    i Am mY FRiEnD…

    Anyway Just Meandering
    Around Online Your Poem
    Seemed A Little Bit Lonely
    So i Am Visiting You Again…

    i Love to Call God L O V E
    Letters Better Yet i Love to Do Love…

    Yet Alas We aRe only Humans And This is Part
    of Why THere Are 45,000 Denominations of Christianity Still Growing
    Now Globally With Different Views in All Those Denominations too Hehe

    As True God Will Never Get Bored of Us ALL Seeing Reality All So Differently..:)

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  5. merrildsmith
    Mar 12, 2022 @ 11:35:00

    Good ideals to live by (if possible) even if one doesn’t believe in “the owner’s manual.” 😏

    Reply

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