Buried Within

Today’s prompt had us writing something called as Terza Rima. ‘ This form was invented by Dante, and used in The Divine Comedy. It consists of three-line stanzas, with a “chained” rhyme scheme. The first stanza is ABA, the second is BCB, the third is CDC, and so on. No particular meter is necessary, but English poets have tended to default to iambic pentameter (iambic pentameter is like the Microsoft Windows of English poetry). One common way of ending a terza rima poem is with a single line standing on its own, rhyming with the middle line of the preceding three-line stanza.’ Here is my attempt at my very first Terza Rima.

My heart feels so empty

My head is heavy as lead

When life throws a googly

Making my insides dread

But on the outside I’m fine

For ever so carefully I tread

To ensure I show no sign

To hide my agony within

My empty heart and not pine

Swirling are the thoughts in

My head, hidden I keep them

From the world I live in

Alas! I cannot share them

I can only then bury them

©NJ

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