The Brass Ring

Written for:  Poetic Bloomings2 – InForm Poet – Florette form

A Florette consists of two or more 4-line stanzas.

Syllable count: 8,8,8,12
Rhyme scheme: a,a,b,a
Fourth line requirement: internal (b) rhyme on syllable 8.

A great form for POETIC BLOOMINGS since, like the outgrowing of a small flower, the fourth line of each stanza is longer, and enwraps the previous lines. Line #4 requires an internal rhyme that rhymes the eighth syllable with the end of line #3, and continues to add on four more syllables than the other lines so that the fourth line ends rhyming with lines #1 and #2.

Little girl on a carousel
excited when she heard the bell.
Dad told her to catch the brass ring.
She stretched out her hand, but short fingers won’t propel.

As an adult, she thought about
that old brass ring and had her doubts.
Did anyone ever catch it?
Even if it was a gimmick, she loved the crowd.

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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