As we are featuring Luke Prater this week in The River, I am delighted that Annie has submitted this piece. An Octain, rules are as follows
Eight lines as two tercets and a couplet, eight syllables per line with the first line repeated as the last (some variation of refrain acceptable). Meter is iambic or trochaic tetrameter, but fine to just count eight syllables per line for those who prefer that.
Rhyme scheme –
(A = repeated refrain line. c/c refers to line five having midline (internal) rhyme (eg. here/sneer), which is different to the a- and b-rhymes)
I’ll let you enjoy Annie’s composition!
When brought by you, you bring it hard.
It’s all within those sexual eyes,
new words are dropped and laced with lies.
A bastard then becomes a bard,
a players part-a bleeding heart,
phonics become your calling card
a perfect poet in disguise
it’s always brought, you brought it hard.
© Copyright Annie Perconti 2011