http://poeticbloomings.blogspot.com/ is a challenging prompt site run by Maria Elena and Walt of Poetic Asides fame. This week they give us the form Sicilian Quintain, Written in Iambic Pentameter with a rhyme sequence of a.b.a.b.a. This form has been used by many great poets and, like the Tanka, it is a valid and wonderful poetry form in it’s own write. (sic 🙂 )
An example written by Walt
A WASTE OF HEART
I stand before the god’s of love again,
and hope my fate is better than it was.
For things are not the way that they had been;
my heart still breaks the way a good heart does.
To lay a heart to waste is such a sin.
provoked my reply:-
For sin against correct apostrophe
Walt must be made to pay a heavy fine.
The gods of poesy in antistrophe
rise up in anger dire against his crime.
Take care, young man, avoid catastrophe.
This form has legs; be sure I shall return,
iambs deployed within a kinder verse,
discourtesy dispelled, scorn overturned,
never to complain in tones perverse.
I promise I will make a sharp u-turn.
The final line is the hardest, and given a choice, I would write quatrains! I may be drummed out of the Brownies!