Written for: Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads: Fussy Little Forms – Puente
(posted by Marian) Puente is a rewarding form created by James Rasmusson. The word puente means bridge in Spanish, and–naturally–this lovely form features a bridge. It is a simple idea:
First and third stanzas have equal number of lines (your choice how many)
Middle bridge stanza is one line, encloses in dashes or tildes
Middle bridge stanza serves as last line for first stanza and first line for last stanza
Where has she disappeared to now?
Oh how he worries, especially in crowds.
He scans the spaces over heads once more.
– aging causes worry –
She steps out of a throng of people, smiling,
carrying a shopping bag. Thought you were lost,
he says. On this small street, she says, where could I go?