The Tableau, a poetry form created by Emily Romano in October of 2008, consists of one or more verses, each having six lines. Each line should have five beats. There is no set rhyme scheme, although rhyme may be present. The title should contain the word tableau.

Since the dictionary states the word tableau means picture or representation, the poem should reflect this. A picture should come to mind as the poem is read.


“Selfless” Tableau

Three sets of blue eyes
Three smiling babies
Fed, bathed, and PJ’d
Three cuddled angels
Two arrived today
Taken in by you
And the spacious heart
You wear on your sleeve.

© Copyright – Marie Elena Good – 2013



In his head, it plays,
a melody strong.
The root of his song
ebbs and flows in waves,
he saves the best part
written from his heart.

In his song are words.
Thoughts that he has heard
over and over.
They say he loves her.
They say that he cares.
It is there he sings.

Songs start in his heart,
each beat is measured,
in a loop of love.
Visions fill his muse
and he refuses
to let his song die.

She knows as he plays
that the song is hers
only a short while,
and she smiles knowing
that she has inspired
what the world will hear.

In her heart it plays.
His melody, strong,
his love in her song.
And he brings the things
in each word he sings;
fingers poised to play.

© Copyright – Walter J. Wojtanik 2013