Another chance to play around with form! Here’s the brief for today:
Today, I challenge you to write in the form known as the terzanelle. A hybrid of the villanelle and terza rima, terzanelles consist of five three-line stanzas and a concluding quatrain. Lines and rhymes are chained throughout the poem, so that the middle line of each triplet is repeated as the last line of the following triplet (or, for the last triplet, in the concluding quatrain). The pattern goes like this:
fAFA or fFAA.
You can use any meter or line length, though you may want to try to have all of your lines in the same meter! (And you can always fall back on that old favorite, iambic pentameter).
I decided to try and rework a poem I’d already written. That way I didn’t need to worry too much about the content and idea and could concentrate on getting the jigsaw pieces to fit.
My poem is set in the Stone Age village of Skara Brae in Orkney.
Transience – Skara Brae
I walk the shore and view the wide bay’s sweep
beside the white-tipped churning waves that race
the waves that do not cease, that never sleep.
And seagulls dip and soar, they wheel and chase
while wind-blown sand fills up my dwelling place
beside the white-tipped churning waves that race.
I touch the weathered lines upon my face
fight gusts that buffet through the winter day
while wind-blown sand fills up my dwelling place.
I dream of hearth of stone at Skara Brae
the flames that flicker in the heart of home
fight gusts that buffet through the winter day.
As evening falls I know the time will come
where sands eat up our village made of stone
the flames that flicker in the heart of home.
And I am here to see it, all alone,
where sand eats up our village made of stone.
The memory is mine to hold and keep:
I walk the shore and view the wide bay’s sweep.