Written for: Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – Fussy Little Forms: Cavatina
(posted by Marian)
“Just recently came across this older Italian form, but to me, it seems like a sonnet variation–kinda? It features rhyme and syllable counting that together create a nice rhythm, and a couplet at the end.”
Here are the rules:
Ten-syllable non-rhyming line,
Alternating with a four-syllable rhyming line,
Repeated at least three times,
Ending with a ten-syllable line couplet.
Friends from childhood, their parents close to ours,
meet after years.
Tell each other, ‘you haven’t changed a bit.’
laughter and tears.
We reminisce youthful exploits, parents
no longer here.
We wish they were sitting at the table,
faces still clear
as in our youth when our world was new,
few things to fear.
Recall having many to rely on
within our sphere.
Though we found paths in diverse directions,
like tea we are steeped in true affection.