this summer’s overtopped itself with fern and willowherb below a tree a grassy lea with fern and willowherb it’s hard to find the perfect verb at least it is for me when winter comes and no bees hum at least it is for me most summer’s overdressed in green and days are always warm with golden wealth we toast our health and days are always warm I pick my way through berried thorns humming to myself as sun-kissed leaves fall from the trees humming to myself
Kim M. Russell, 20th October 2022
On this ‘National Day on Writing’, Laura is hosting dVerse Poets Pub Meeting the Bar. She asks us to face the page and begin… I really enjoyed the poem by Francisco X. Alarcón, ‘The Blank White Page’.
The poetic form we are working on today is The Roundabout – a twenty-line poem attributed to David Edwards: “a metered stanzaic form with a simple but unusual premise that the rhyme scheme should come full circle”.
The rules and structure look complicated, but Laura has given us a nice example to help us write four quintains (five-line stanzas) for a total of twenty lines, with iambic meter throughout and the lines having 4;3;2;2;3 feet respectively; not forgetting that line five repeats line two, and the rhyme scheme is aBccB bCddC cDaaD dAbbA.