The Wrapped Refrain, created by Jan Turner, consists of 2 or more stanzas of 6 lines each; Meter: 8,8,8,8,12,12 and Rhyme Scheme: a,a,b,b,c,c.
Refrain rule: In each stanza the first 4 syllables (or 4 single-syllable words) in the first line must be the last 4 syllables (or 4 single-syllable words) at the end of the last line. This is what wraps each stanza with a repeated refrain …thus, the Wrapped Refrain.
Optional: The first stanza refrain and last stanza refrain can be joined (or loosely joined) together for the title of the poem.
EARL’S WRAPPED REFRAIN:
United States, Land of the Free
United States, the world’s torchlight
Freedom’s beacon shimmering bright
Many seek our liberty life
Escape to her; escape your strife
For the downtrodden masses, a welcome awaits
Live the life of freedom in the United States
Land of the free; home of the brave
The Red, White and Blue proudly waves
God’s blessings have poured on our land
Protected by His mighty hand
Come one, come all, be a part of the people, we
America the Beautiful, land of the free
© 2014 Earl Parsons
WALT’S – IT’S A WRAP
THE BOY WHO SANG SONGS FROM HIS HEART
The boy who sang love songs for her,
sang from a place that was so pure.
Heartfelt pangs sung in passion’s key,
as true a love as there could be.
His soulful sounds would fill the air and they would hang
around her heart and fill her soul, the boy who sang.
Songs from his heart, not knowing love
he reached his depths to rise above,
and people questioned what he knew,
to be so young yet love so true.
His wisdom showed in spite of his age, he would start
to reach her soul with tender words, songs from his heart.
© Copyright Walter J Wojtanik – 2014