Written for: dVerse Poets Pub: Form For All – Ottava Rima (posted by Frank)
Ottava rima is an old Italian form consisting of multiple stanzas each of eight lines using iambic meter and having the rhyme pattern abababcc.
The boy who was raised as a single child
thinking the world was his pearl to take
grew to a confident man, with constant smile,
that soon turned into a frown. His insides quaked
upon learning he would have to walk down the aisle.
He would be a father soon–too young, still wild.
After two children, he was restless, roaming.
He strayed from his marriage, whining, bemoaning
a fate he claimed was not his destiny.
He did love his children; there was no doubt,
and saw them on odd weekends after he
sought a separation and promptly moved out.
He lived with his new love, ’til he itched to be free.
He married twice more, then his old friends lost count.
Every so often they do speculate
if he’s conned another to attend him as mate.