Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – Poetics:  Three from the Welsh speaking sea
based on a poem of Raymond Garlick –  (posted by Laura)

“For today’s prompt the challenge is to choose AT LEAST THREE RHYME SETS which I’ve taken from the above. These are:-

–Write your poem as a rhyming tercet of 3 line stanzas though a composite 9 liner or more would do just as well
– Strict meter is not a requirement but for an extra challenge try pentameter (10 syllables to each line)
– You do NOT have to follow the ordered sequence of the above
– You may reverse the order of the 1st & 3rd words but otherwise keep the integrity of each rhyme set”

Here is my attempt:

Across the loud speakers there came a speech
People worried they would be quarantined
Instead drive-through tests were in place at beach

I could taste salt and brine on my tongue
Tumbling of white waves roared in my ears
Those squawking gulls were beach music sung

Nevermore seemed to be his only word
Perched on the windowsill of my kitchen
Stubborn and mournful was that Raven bird


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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10 Responses to Tercets

  1. Frank Hubeny says:

    Drive-through testing and being quarantined used to be themes I might imagine seeing in science fiction movies. I liked the raven in the last stanza.


  2. a portentous poem – I do hope the outcome is more positive. Thank you for joining the prompt


  3. Ominous that raven after being tested.


  4. calmkate says:

    a sad indictment of our time … best be safe than sorry!


  5. memadtwo says:

    Birds always accompany our emotional ups and downs. (K)


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