Response to the Metre prompt in the Zero to Hero poetry guide by @AC Benus
The reference poem: Eternity, by Samuel Waddington
‘Of old,’ spake the priest; spake the parson and preacher – ‘After death, O my Friends, after death is Eternity.’ ‘Not so,’ cries my Spirit, ‘not so, O wise teacher! It was, and it is, and it ever shall be – Now, now is Eternity! Is it for thee?’
The analysis: (of OLD)(spake the PRIEST)(spake the PAR-SON)(and PREA-CHER) (af-ter DEATH)(o my FRIENDS)(af-ter DEATH)(is e-TER)(ni-ty) (not SO)(cries my SPI-RIT)(not SO)(o wise TEA-CHER) (it WAS)(and it IS)(and it E-VER)(shall BE) (now NOW)( is e-TER)(ni-ty ISIT)(for THEE)
The response poem: Coyote and Raven, by Backwoods Boy
"So which of us two," said Coyote to Raven, "Is the best at our task of deceit and divisiveness?" "I think I am surely the best of the tricksters, For I fly above you," said Raven, with glee, "Thus you cannot ever do mischief like me!"
NOTE: As the mythical Native American deity, "coyote" is a three-syllable word. This is a poetry exercise, and all input is welcome.