Written for: Poetic Bloomings2 - InForm Poet: Quatern
A Quatern is a sixteen-line French form composed of four quatrains.
- It is similar to the Kyrielle and the Retourne.
- It has a refrain that revolves to a different place in each
- The first line of stanza one is the second line of stanza two,
third line of stanza three, and fourth line of stanza four.
- A quatern usually has eight syllables per line. It does not have to
be iambic, or follow a specific rhyme scheme.
What is of true beauty in this world?
color of fish as they glide by
in a glass water wall inside
a peaceful aquarium.
Ignoring the imprints of man,
what is of true beauty in this word?
bottom of an ancient tree, humped
by roots of an elephant’s foot.
Heaven of sky transformed from day
to scarlet and plum of twilight
What is of true beauty in this world?,
you ask, as night’s curtain beckons stars.
With human destruction, ignorance
of science, and animal’s lack
of land, food, will Mother Nature take
what is of true beauty in this world?