Chastushka is a type of traditional Russian poetry, consisting of a single quatrain in trochaic tetrameter (DUM-da, DUM-da, DUM-da, DUM-da) with an abab, abcb or aabb rhyme scheme. Usually humorous, satirical, bawdy or ironic in nature, chastushkas are often put to music as well, usually with balalaika or accordion accompaniment. The rigid, short structure (and, to a lesser degree, the type of humor used) parallels limericks in British culture.
MARIE ELENA’S CHASTUSHKA:
May I Have the Next Dance?Smiling at me coyly, sweetly As he rather indiscreetly Steps on partner as he dances. Chances are, I’ll take my chances. 😉
© Copyright Marie Elena Good – 2013
In the dead of night, I see her,
happy shadow in the window,
husband laying dead and lifeless,
now she’s just a merry widow!
© Copyright Walter J. Wojtanik – 2013
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