Written for: Imaginary Gardens with Real Toads, “Play It Again, Toads! #14, archived poem
Based on Fireblossom Friday’s “Rhyme Royal challenge
Today we’re going to try the Rhyme Royal. It’s pretty simple, really.
The rhyme scheme is a-b-a-b-b-c-c. You can write seven-line stanzas, or you can break it up as a tercet and two couplets, like this:
a-b-a, b-b, c-c
OR as a quatrain and a tercet, like this:
You can stop with seven lines, or repeat your pattern for as many stanzas as you like, making the Rhyme Royal a fine vehicle for narrative poetry. There is no syllable count, and although the Rhyme Royal is often written in iambic pentameter, we’re not bothering with that today. Just follow the rhyme scheme and one of the seven line patterns I have laid out above.
From blue-green waters she rises with grace
her black hair long and flowing
down shimmering ivory shoulders. In place
of legs, a tail of golden scales is glowing.
A mermaid, lovely, she is all-knowing.
An exotic creature of the sea
is blowing a kiss directly at me.
She beckons me, come take a swim,
I’ll show you treasures ‘neath the ocean.
Toward her I run; we both dive in,
me following her every motion.
We see red fish with yellow fins.
Alas, I cannot stay asleep,
I wake to scents of salt and sweet.