Just an Ordinary Garden – Wednesday Writing Essentials (WWE, 8/7/13, Beasts)

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Just an Ordinary Garden – A Tercetonine 


If I were a garden junky

My garden would look quite funky

With flowers galore I could sell in a store


Even so, in my garden many a flower grows

All year round because it never snows

Right now snowdrops gracefully bow


The lawn is nice and clean

A carpet of emerald green

Dandelion in slumber waiting for summer


To burst into stars of gold

Shining bright and bold

Not as a weed, but a welcome seed


My neighbour’s cats are welcome too

And the lizard whose tongue is blue

But a snake’s sight would give me a fright


As for caterpillars and slimy slugs

I don’t like those voracious garden thugs

At least they’re not the worst kind of beast


I don’t care much for the funnel-web either

The deadly, fuzzy, black spider

Well, such is life – there’s no garden with no strife.


10 August 2013, Sydney, Australia.


P.S., Re: Tercetonine. I created this form for Mindful Poetry Contest 2012 out of sheer frustration because I couldn’t master Dante’s terza rima. 

Each stanza has 3 lines (tercet).                                                             

The first two lines rhyme.

The third line contains internal rhyme. 

With Susan Budig’s help this form was named Tercetonine and featured as a challenge in Mindful Poetry Contest 2013. Some of you will remember the 16 wonderful tercetonines that dealt with Australia.

Tercetonine comes from tercet, which is what each stanza is. And leonine, Internal rhyme: rhymes between a word within a line, often from a medial position (termed also leonine) and one at the end of the line. (Susan Budig) 

© irina dimitric 2013

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