Promises to Keep. Rubaiyat poetry form for Dverse Poets.

Dverse poets are focusing on different poetic forms for each month. I promised myself I would try to do this. So I am posting at the last minute, well almost. I began this poem at the beginning of February when there was extreme cold in many parts and I am finally getting ready to post it as the UK finishes February with the hottest winter days on record.

Here is my attempt at the Rubaiyat poetry form which Robert Frost used in his Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening. As ever with my nature hat on I wondered what Robert Frost might make of our relentless onslaught on the natural world. I was introduced to Frost’s poems when young and I was inspired by his observations of nature. I trust that Frost would understand the spirit behind this and that others do not mind my take on his beautiful poem.

Promises to Keep

The woods are full of light and not so deep,

So much land grazed by cattle and sheep.

Forests chopped and chewed away,

Where are the promises we forgot to keep?


The freezing air creates more fear.

The snow that falls ice flakes a tear.

Cold blasts kill birds that cannot get away,

Silent Springs of songs no longer here.


Driven winds with whirls of weeping ire.

Forests now fill up with furious fire.

Our legacy to this wondrous Earth,

Wilfully warped on a wall of wire.


We long for weather that brings us peace.

We long for never ending drought to cease.

When will we learn to live with thoughtful care,

The promise made had far too short a lease.



Posted for Poetic forms February.

34 thoughts on “Promises to Keep. Rubaiyat poetry form for Dverse Poets.”

  1. Your poem is sad but good. Robert Frost is a favorite poet. My father introduced me to him when I was a child and gave me an old signed and noted book – I’m 73 and he was given the same book as a child.

    In my town in Oregon after a warm winter they’ve had an extreme snow storm and many have been without power for several days which could turn into weeks. I’m on another extended trip and tried to communicate with neighbors but nothing back yet. And since we’re at the top of a long steep hill it may be days before the company managing my little house can check things. Biggest concern is the towering Douglas Fir trees surrounding everything. They have a shallow root base and are known to easily fall when laden with heavy snow or ice. This happened
    a few years ago and we had many fallen trees but no houses were hit. These conditions are especially hard for homeless people, so local lodges are providing shelter until it’s warmer and the snow is under control.


    1. Thank you, and for telling me about Oregon, from what I gather it is a beautiful place for nature. I think it is wonderful to pass down such timeless poetry through the generations. Sadly, Frost seemed to get lost in the current education system in the U.K. Except for the famous poems! Which is at least a pointer to his work. Hope all is well with your house and trees.


      1. In the United States, alas, the education system has abandoned much that used to be part of our cultural inheritance. Many high school kids here are already given diplomas merely for showing up, regardless of how little they’ve learned, and as if that isn’t bad enough, the State of North Carolina has proposed lowering the passing grade to just 40%:

        It’s outrageous.

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      2. Sounds awful whereas in U.K. we are still testing mad with perhaps too high a bar and it seems students are under a lot of pressure.New exams were brought in just as I left. I wish education was not used as a political football.


  2. Awesome poetry which reminds me I’m really glad where I am at age wise so I can soon check out of here. I no longer recognize this world. The decline I’ve personally seen just in the past 20 years is shocking!

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  3. I appreciate the content of the rubaiyat! I’m concerned for the planet and the natural environment too! Using Frost’s well-known poem as inspiration is so apt and he shouldn’t have minded if he knew.

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