Time To Wake Up

Written for:  Creative Bloomings, Inform Poets:  Terzanelle

A terzanelle is a poetic form combining aspects of the villanelle and the terza rima. It is nineteen lines total, with five triplets and a concluding quatrain. The middle line of each triplet stanza is repeated as the third line of the following stanza, and the first and third lines of the initial stanza are the second and final lines of the concluding quatrain; thus, seven of the lines are repeated in the poem. The rhyme scheme and stanzaic structure are as follows (a capitalized letter indicates a line repeated verbatim):

ABA’
bCB
cDC
dED
eFE
fAFA’

A way to achieve peace is,
spend earmarked war funds here at home.
Provide education, and food so hunger ceases.

Enact new laws simply written, not overblown
that everyone understands.
Spend earmarked war funds here at home.

We have homeless vets; take a stand.
This is a shameful condition
that everyone understands.

All our people should have good nutrition;
decent living is our citizens’ right.
This is a shameful condition.

When will our leaders see the light?
Stop spending money to continue wars.
Decent living is our citizens’ right.

Do not send our soldiers on extra tours
A way to achieve peace is,
Stop spending money to continue wars.
Provide education, and food so hunger ceases.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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