I ignore big ships silently trudging
scan the weathered citadel of seabirds,
bleached and weather-worn, sharp as the eye teeth
of a siren,
the stench hovering like halitosis.
Send us rain to percolate the rockscape,
moon and stars to embellish the seascape.
Kim M. Russell, 11th August 2018
Marian is playing with short forms and asks us to try the cavatina, which she says is an older Italian form, a bit like a sonnet variation, which features rhyme and syllable counting that together create a nice rhythm, and a couplet at the end.
It must have:
- a ten-syllable non-rhyming line,
- alternating with a four-syllable rhyming line,
- repeated at least three times,
- and ending with a ten-syllable couplet.
Marian has given us an example by Ryter Roethicle and a link to an article with more examples. A tricky form!