#115: Terza Rima (A Complaint Ending In Banana)


I’m sorry about this one.  Written late in the day when the brain is mush, it’s a terza rima, a form invented or popularized by Dante and bastardized by the English:  3 line stanzas in iambic pentameter with a “chained” rhyme scheme that ends in a single line chained to the middle rhyme of the last stanza (ABA, BCB, CDC, D), and in this case, followed by a completely random and stupid second part (DDDDbanana).

So I prefer a subject over form
because it’s one thing to plug in some words
but quite another thing to brave the storm

of idea or topic blank as a bird
who has forgotten how to sing a song
or a ghosty pale dude without a shirt.

This complaint in terza rima is wrong
and doesn’t at all feel much like a poem
but an exercise that’s gone on too long.

And besides, what English word rhymes with poem?

Orange you glad I didn’t say banana?

Published by michaeljarmer

I'm a public high school English teacher, fiction writer, poet, and musician in Portland, Oregon

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