May I Have This Dance?

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub, Octain Refrain

In December of 2010, Luke invented a form called the Octain, full name Octain Refrain. I recall enjoying working with the rhyme and meter and the results it gave me.
Here’s how it works.

It comprises eight lines:
two tercets and a couplet,
eight syllables per line or iambic tetrameter, your choice,
first line is a refrain, repeated as the last (some variation acceptable).



A = refrain line.
c/c refers to line five having internal rhyme which is different to the a- and b-rhymes. The midline rhyme does not have to fall exactly in the middle of the line

Exotic couple on dance floor
exhibiting risque tango.
If I tried, what a fiasco

that would be. Where’s the exit door?
I do admire that dance of fire–
the fluid moves that seem to lure

Watch them spin a grand fandango
exotic couple on dance floor

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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17 Responses to May I Have This Dance?

  1. whimsygizmo says:

    Oh, I love this graceful spin!

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  2. Kathy Reed says:

    Fun poem…tricky word play.

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  3. A mighty fine (and passionate) two-step, Sara! I felt each step fall! Well done!

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  4. Bodhirose says:

    I would run for the exit too, Sara…no question about it. That tango has to be danced by those who know what they’re doing. Fun take on the prompt!

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  5. Grace says:

    I would love to dance that exotic tango, smiles ~

    Great work on the form Sara ! Happy Easter!!!

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  6. It would be fun to dance like that but I would need the jaws of life to get me out of bed the next morning! Fun Octain–so glad you joined us.


  7. Ah not only does this form sing, it dances too. How well you capture that special dance! Wow!!


  8. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    Such a delightful spin about your poem 😀
    Beautifully penned.

    Lots of love,

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  9. says:

    Obama did it, so can you

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  10. I admire those that can dance a “grand fandango”….I am not one of them!


  11. DanCinG solo everywheRe
    i go.. proficient to the eye..
    but in the dance
    hall.. when
    A woman
    says dip
    i have no
    idea how to
    do it.. and yikes..
    they fall to floor..
    but usually.. keep
    oN dancing noW..:)


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