Steeped in Greed

Written for:  Go Dog Go Cafe, Donna Matthews challenge:
A Rondeau

"The rondeau has a refrain and rhymes–two elements of many French poems. The traditional rondeau is a poem consisting of 3 stanzas, 13 original lines, and 2 refrains (of the first line of the poem) with 8 to 10 syllables per line and an A/B rhyme scheme."

The skeleton of the traditional rondeau looks like this:

A(R) – A – B – B – A

A – A – B – A(R)

A – A – B – B – A – A(R)

The world lives steeped in greed.
All activities run on speed,
honking horns, road rage drivers
carry guns if need arises.
Better race when that light turns green.

They want to see you bleed
for interfering with their need.
They'll cut you off, those connivers.
The world lives steeped in greed.

You wonder why their egos feed
on the need to be in the lead.
You usually find they have priors
and skid marks on their tires.
Road–ragers are a violent breed;
the world lives steeped in greed.

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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2 Responses to Steeped in Greed

  1. Oh yes! Love, love your refrain… the world lives steeped in greed.
    Love how it ties their actions in the first stanza to their motives in the last. Well done!


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