INFORM POETS – RHYME (RIME) ROYAL
A type of poetry consisting of seven lines, usually in iambic pentameter. The rhyme scheme is a-b-a-b-b-c-c. In practice, the stanza can be constructed either as a tercet and two couplets (a-b-a, b-b, c-c) or a quatrain and a tercet (a-b-a-b, b-c-c). This allows for a good deal of variety, especially when the form is used for longer narrative poems and along with the couplet, it was the standard narrative metre in the late Middle Ages.
WALT’S ROYAL PAIN:
The rumble of the thunder rings,
throughout the valley far and wide.
And in the skies the birds take wing,
searching for a place to hide.
While I sit safe and dry inside,
and listen to the storm’s wild rage;
a thunder/lightning war is waged.
(C) Copyright Walter J Wojtanik – 2014
PATRICIA’S RHYME ROYAL :
Perhaps our mothers laid us in the sun
to cure our jaundice skin so deathly pale.
Desperately wanting warmth from everyone,
when our color comes back in the long run,
we can speak up and let our voices blend,
and friendships can start where the rainbow ends.
(C) Copyright Patricia A Hawkenson – 2014