IN-FORM POET WEDNESDAY – HEXSONNETTA
The HexSonnetta, created by Andrea Dietrich, consists of two six-line stanzas and a finishing rhyming couplet with the following set of rules:
Meter: Iambic Trimeter
Rhyme Scheme: a/bb/aa/b c/dd/cc/d ee
Iambic Trimeter means the usual iambic (alternating unstressed/stressed) meter for every line of the poem, but instead of the ten syllables that comprise a typical sonnet’s iambic pentameter, this particular form uses six syllables of iambic trimeter per line. Thus, the name HexSonnetta. The first part of the form’s name refers to the syllable count per line. The second part of the name, Sonnetta, is to show this to be a form similar to the sonnet, yet with its shorter lines and different rhyme scheme, it is not the typical sonnet. Not only does this poem have six syllables per line, it also has a set of two six-line stanzas, giving an extra “hex” to the meaning of HexSonnetta. The rhyme scheme is a bit of a mixture of the two traditional sonnet types, with the two 6-line stanzas having more the rhyme scheme of an Italian sonnet, but with the ending rhyming couplet being the featured rhyme scheme of the English sonnet. The first stanza presents the theme of the poem, with the second stanza serving to change the tone of the poem, to introduce a new aspect of the theme or to give added details. The final couplet, as in an English sonnet, can be either a summary (if the theme is simple) or it could be the resolution to a problem presented in the theme. In any event, it should nicely tie together the whole piece and could even appear as a nice “twist” presented at the end.
MARIE ELENA’S ATTEMPT
WAGING WARHer strength is weakly veiled To those who know her well And see the utter hell With which she is assailed In every breath inhaled; Concealed in every cell. Decisions made with grit, That wells from depths unknown To shake her to the bone, And yet she doesn’t quit. To this, I must admit: I place her on a throne. Her angels battle on; Triumphant swords are drawn. © Copyright Marie Elena Good – 2013
HEART SHADOWS FALL
Beneath the moonlit sky
two lovers seek repose,
for lovers in the throes
of passion by-and- by,
would bring a fool to cry,
for that’s the way love goes.
These shadows cast at night,
are of the hearts that fall,
they live to hear love’s call
before they drop from sight,
for when the time is right,
two hearts will share it all.
The moon’s bright lights caress
the hearts within their chests.
© Copyright Walter J. Wojtanik – 2013