Variations on Psalm 16

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This is my experiment with the Glosa form of poetry in which the poet reflects on particular lines in a poem, in this case a Psalm, and writes addition lines which come out of that reflection, but always returning to the original. Kind of like a jazz musician playing with a melody.

Introduction to the Glosa Poetry Form

The Glosa was used by poets of the Spanish court and dates back to the late 14th and early 15th century. From the limited information available it is learned that the traditional structure has two parts. The first part consists of the first few lines or the first stanza from a well-known poem or poet. It has become permissible to use lines from a less well-known poet, or even from one's own verse.

The second part is an expansion on, interpretation or explanation of the text. The formal rule describes the Glosa as consisting of four ten-line stanzas, with the consecutive lines of the text being used as the tenth line Furthermore, lines six and nine must rhyme with the borrowed tenth. Internal features such as length of lines, meter and rhyme are at the discretion of the poet.

As with most poetic forms, poets have taken the liberty to vary the format. In addition to the Glosa’s traditional ten-line stanzas, one will find 4-, 5- and 8-liners. They will be found written in free verse, with meter, and with rhyme. You will find variations in which the first line of each stanza (taken from the original text) repeated again as the last line – added as a refrain

For my purposes I have adapted the form to my variations on the Psalms by taking each of two or three verses of a Biblical Psalm in turn and elaborating on the meaning each has for me and then ending with the biblical verse. The only rhyme comes in toward the end where the last word in my Psalm rhymes with the last word in the Biblical Psalm.

Psalm 16

7. I bless the Lord who gives me counsel
in the night also my heart instruction.
8. I keep the Lord always before me
because he is at my right hand
I shall not be moved.
9. Therefore my heart is glad,
and my soul rejoices;

My Dreams are Messages

You are always speaking to me in my heart.
When I sleep you bless me with dreams
that show me my direction.
They are like a light upon my path sent to guide me.
You show me through the symbols of my dreams
the purpose of my life; where I have been,
where I am and where I’m going.
You speak to me in dreams
when in the day I am too preoccupied to hear.
You communicate through the depths
of my unconscious mind.
Your guidance leads me around obstructions.
I bless the lord who gives me counsel.
In the night also my heart instructions.

I Listen for your voice

I will not act without your counsel.
Walk before me and tell me where to go,
what to do and whom to see.
Speak your words with my voice;
for only you know what is truly needed.
It is my whole desire to serve you,
to surrender to your will.
The voice of your guidance within me
Tells me I am loved.
I keep the Lord always before me,
because he is at my right hand,
I shall not be moved.

Your Will be Done

I trust your will for me;
for following it has always brought me
greater happiness.
Even when I was afraid to go
where you were leading;
your way has always brought me peace.
I know that you are the best judge
of what is good for me
because it is your will that no one loose
and everyone gain.
My will is your will
I give to you the power of choice.
Therefore my heart is glad
and my soul rejoices





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I write about spirituality, health, psychology, and ecology. Usually in poetic form (my 1st love) but now I'm venturing into the world of
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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
9th Apr 2014 (#)

marvellous! many thanks C.D.

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author avatar C.D. Moore
10th Apr 2014 (#)

Thank you Carolina.
Good to see you on my page.
Will visit you soon.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
10th Apr 2014 (#)

Inspiring poem, C D Moore, thanks for the creative share - siva

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author avatar C.D. Moore
10th Apr 2014 (#)

Thanks Siva.

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author avatar Kingwell
11th Apr 2014 (#)

Thank you C.D. I am a lover of many of the psalms but this is the first I've heard of the Glosa poetry form. It is very interesting and I really enjoyed what you did with this psalm.

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author avatar C.D. Moore
11th Apr 2014 (#)

Thanks Kingwell, I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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author avatar Mariah
11th Apr 2014 (#)

This is fantastic CD...very well done

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author avatar C.D. Moore
11th Apr 2014 (#)

Your enthusiasm means a lot. Thanks Mariah!

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author avatar WOGIAM
15th Apr 2014 (#)

I am just hearing of this Glosa poetry form from you, it sounds interesting, thanks for sharing.

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author avatar C.D. Moore
15th Apr 2014 (#)

Yes, it's not very well known. You are very welcome,Wogiam.
Thanks for commenting.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
16th Apr 2014 (#)

Beautiful post and filled with a lot of joy

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author avatar C.D. Moore
16th Apr 2014 (#)

Thanks Fern. The Psalms seem to cover all human emotions,but I'm partial to the joyful ones.

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author avatar snerfu
17th Apr 2014 (#)

Brings memories back of times I spent learning my daily verse. Good form of poetry though simple and easy to understand.

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author avatar snerfu
17th Apr 2014 (#)

Ms Moore, great work!

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author avatar C.D. Moore
17th Apr 2014 (#)

Thank you Snerfu!

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author avatar LOVERME
19th Apr 2014 (#)

just so beautiful...
you educate all ..
do try experimenting ..
with one of mine ..
if you wish

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author avatar C.D. Moore
19th Apr 2014 (#)

Thank you Loverme. I will, what a wonderful idea.

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