TERZANELLE

This is a marriage of the Italian Terza Rima with the French Villanelle and can present a challenge to the serious poet. It consists of five stanzas of three lines (tercets), and the final stanza having four lines (quatrain).

The middle line of the first stanza is copied and becomes the last line of the next stanza and the first line of that stanza rhymes with it, thus making it an interlocking form. The final stanza follows the same pattern as previously, with the first line of the first stanza becoming the second line of the last stanza and the last line of the first stanza becoming the last line of the last stanza also, completing the link back to the first stanza.

As an alternative, Turco also suggests making the repeat line be the second line still rhyming with the first forming one couplet and the interlocking lines from the first stanza making another couplet. The two final schemes that make up the last stanza that could be either f. f. a. a... or f. a. f. a.


Terzanelle in Thunderweather

This is the moment when shadows gather
under the elms, the cornices and eaves.
This is the center of thunderweather.

The birds are quiet among these white leaves
where wind stutters, starts, then moves steadily
under the elms, the cornices and eaves.

These are not our voices speaking guardedly
about the sky, of the sheets of lightening
where wind stutters, starts, then moves steadily

Into our lungs, across our lips, tightening
our throats. Our eyes are speaking in the dark
about the sky, of the sheets of lightening

That illuminate moments. In the stark
shades we inhabit, there are no words for
our throats. Our eyes are speaking in the dark

Of things we cannot say, cannot ignore,
This is the moment when shadows gather
shades we inhabit, there are no words for
this is the center of thunderweather.

Wesley Court



TERZANELLE POSTS
Contents

Lori Martin

Nothing At All
Valley Of Dreams

Michael Dixon

Enfolded Freedom
Harmony
Jealousy
Time in the sand

Newell Usher

Writing a Terzanelle for fun

Leny Roovers

Friendship and Love
Love's gentle Fingers
Preparations II
The Dragon and the Ring
The Heron's Visit
The Mighty Dragons
The Two Faces of Love

Ryter Roethicle

Autumn Love
Believe in Dragons
City of Angels
My Wings
It started with a Kiss
Mirror

Drew Uootem

Star Studded Sky


Etain Druantia

Nothing At All

I silently watch the snow fall and fall
thankful to have such a warm cozy home,
heart weeping for those who've nothing at all.

Among us, invisible, our streets they roam,
sleep under bridges or in a big box
thankful to have such a warm cozy home.

Our cars, homes, and hearts are secured with locks,
block out those who keep their life in a bag,
sleep under bridges or in a big box.

Our fellow man needs help as spirits sag;
humaneness forgotten, we turn a blind eye,
block out those who keep their life in a bag.

A few hear their call and for them they fight,
for what if they're angels we refuse to see?
Humaneness forgotten, we turn a blind eye.

Wondering 'bout my own humanity,
I silently watch the snow fall and fall.
For what if they're angels we refuse to see,
hearts weeping for those who've nothing at all?

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Valley Of Dreams

She walked one night in a valley of dreams
thin clouds drifting lazily across a full moon
In an enchanted land where all is not as it seems

Visions encountered induced virginal swoon
as forbidden delights tantalized wide eyes
thin clouds drifting lazily across a full moon

That such wonders existed she never realized
Her budding excitement nearly burst open sweet heart
as forbidden delights tantalized wide eyes

With infinite choices she pondered her start
carnal passions beckoning this na´ve-est of souls
her budding excitement nearly burst open sweet heart

Yet impulsiveness is tempered by traditions of old
her intuition whispering Truth known only to her
carnal passions beckoning this na´ve-est of souls

Glancing over one shoulder she denied their allure
her intuition whispering Truth known only to her
She walked one night in a valley of dreams
In an enchanted land where all is not as it seems


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Michael Dixon

Enfolded Freedom

Be free my heavy heart times spent without
When trapped in between live life in despair
Enfold another and cherish the drought

Softly caress tender petals so fair
Canst avoid protruding thorns from thy skin
When trapped in between live life in despair

Our destructive force binds ye from within
Open to heavens wrath we do submit
Canst avoid protruding thorns from thy skin

Only to earth and ye do I commit
Concomitantly we search to be free
Open to heavens wrath we do submit

Together not alive nor dead we be
Survival encumbered we must endure
Concomitantly we search to be free

Time an argument canst stop the allure
Be free my heavy heart times spent without
Survival encumbered we must endure
Enfold another and cherish the drought.

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Harmony

To hear not your song breaks a heart in two
And then becomes a distant melody
To my soul I turn for inside coarse you

The harmony of you does ring in me
Though does soften slightly when your not here
And then becomes a distant melody

Restless nights without you become my fear
Bravely facing the world from hardened shell
Though does soften slightly when your not here

I mope and barely surviving I dwell
Exist within to hear angelic song
Bravely facing the world from hardened shell

As my memory fades and I do long
Asking why the pain resides and I hide
Exist within to hear angelic song

Come back my love I whisper and confide
To hear not your song breaks a heart in two
Asking why the pain resides and I hide
To my soul I turn for inside coarse you

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Jealousy

Your heart does belong to another man
Yet you look my way with lust in your eyes
Some day to run away will be our plan

I watch you alone and plot his demise
Whispering words to me you cannot say
Yet you look my way with lust in your eyes

Stealing a sweet kiss you blow it my way
Not knowing how much longer I can wait
Whispering words to me you cannot say

You could very well be my one soul mate
Swallowing my pride while he takes my place
Not knowing how much longer I can wait

Be patient lover I read on your face
I will bide my time and wait here for you
Swallowing my pride while he takes my place

Our moment with each other will come soon
Your heart does belong to another man
I will bide my time and wait here for you
Some day to run away will be our plan

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Time in the sand

When oceans erode lines drawn in the sand
A symbol of dying love that cant be
Our time is complete for you I withstand

No commitment required you will agree
Disjoined individual, separate heart
A symbol of dying love that cant be

Then love whispered us no longer apart
History hidden only to emerge
Disjoined individual, separate heart

The problem not fighting the sexual urge
It loses meaning and becomes empty
History hidden only to emerge

The fights and arguments they are plenty
Erases the love that's no longer there
It loses meaning and becomes empty

Inside we change for I no longer care
When oceans erode lines drawn in the sand
Erases the love that's no longer there
Our time is complete for you I withstand

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Newell Elsworth Usher

Writing a Terzanelle for fun

A Terza Rima and French Villanelle
Combine them to make a sweet Terzanelle
Although they say writing one is pure hell

And when I heard that this was so tough, well
What could I do but go and write one, too
Combine them to make a sweet Terzanelle

And here it is, a Terzanelle for you
Hey, it's just a little start as I yearn
What could I do but go and write one, too

As I write poetry I try to learn
Whatever form I find so playfully
Hey, it's just a little start as I yearn

And sometimes I will just write recklessly
A hurried way to just have lots of fun
Whatever form I find so playfully

And so I dance a gait and swing and run
A Terza Rima and French Villanelle
A hurried way to just have lots of fun
Though they say writing one is pure hell.

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Leny Roovers

Friendship and Love

Friendship and Love are deep and true feelings
Both can form bonds that are stronger than death
Souls bound together throughout Life's dealings

Though Love turned sour might change into wrath
Friendship will comfort a heart in distress
Both can form bonds that are stronger than death

We all search for love, we well might confess
To find it is heaven, to lose it sheer hell
Friendship will comfort a heart in distress

Through all those shared lifetimes lovers can tell
We did long to be one, in heart and soul
To find love is heaven, to lose it sheer hell

Love is like a fire, making us whole
To know such feelings will bring a warm glow
We did long to be one, in heart and soul

To the greatness of Life I humbly bow
Friendship and Love are deep and true feelings
To know such feelings will bring a warm glow
Souls bound together throughout Life's dealings.

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Love's gentle fingers

When first love's gentle fingers touch the heart
It's like a soothing breeze to end all pain
Yet later might be felt its smarting dart

At the start love is like a healing rain
That restores vigour to a dried out soil
It's like a soothing breeze to end all pain

Then times might come when passions go to boil
Fulfilment of those longings long since there
That restores vigour to a dried out soil

Joyous times of sharing filled with care
Will come for lovers when they take this chance
Fulfilment of those longings long since there

Communicating with a single glance
An understanding deep and without words
Will come for lovers when they take this chance

Close to this true love is the love that hurts
Which will bring change to a once loving heart
An understanding deep and without words
Yet later might be felt its smarting dart.

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Preparations II

I did not want to be a host this day
The mood for birthday parties was not there
My son had other thoughts as he did say

To be with people who did laugh and care
Would help me to get out of this blue feel
The mood for birthday parties was not there

He called my friends, did ask them for a meal
Went shopping with me to get all the food
Would help me to get out of this blue feel

The shopping done I felt a change of mood
We had some tea and he began to cook
Went shopping with me to get all the food

A tasty pie was made without a book
The house smelled good, it felt like home again
We had some tea and he went on to cook

At last I felt the blue mood leave me then
I did not want to be a host this day
The house smelled good, it felt like home again
My son had other thoughts as he did say.

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The Dragon and the Ring

In days gone by when knights were still the thing
A dragon lived and she was red and cute
Her task on earth was to defend a ring

Many a song was sung in her tribute
About her courage as a guardian bold
A dragon lived and she was red and cute

At night, close to the fire, tales were told
Thus dreams were born in minds of boys still small
About her courage as a guardian bold

They dreamed of meeting with the dragon tall
Of winning from her care this special ring
Thus dreams were born in minds of boys still small

On festive nights the minstrels came to sing
Still years passed by and the red dragon wept
Of winning from her care this special ring

The dragon, she grew tired to be kept
In days gone by when knights were still the thing
Still years passed by and the red dragon wept
She wanted to be rid of this old ring!

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The Heron's Visit

A friend with whom I share a bond
The Heron came along a day ago
The ice was melting in my garden pond

He must have seen its water again flow
It had been quite a while since we last met
The Heron came along a day ago

It was my birthday and the date was set
To give a dinner party for some friends
It had been quite a while since we last met

The Heron, he stopped by to make amends
For all the times he tried to steal my fish
On this my dinner party for some friends

When all of us had gathered round the dish
He paid a visit we could see him well
For all the times he tried to steal my fish

The cats on seeing him meowed with a yell
That friend with whom I share a bond
He paid a visit we could see him well
The ice was melting in my garden pond.

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The Mighty Dragons

Once, long ago, when magic was still here
The dragons lived upon the earth as well
Their realm was great, the air their common sphere

It was a time of wonder and of spell
When Man did still believe in wondrous things
The dragons lived upon the earth as well

The mighty dragons flew on coloured wings
The air touched brightly by their golden fire
When Man did still believe in wondrous things

Now most of Man believes in, he can hire
The world has lost the magic dragon's touch
The air touched brightly by their golden fire

One man alone cannot do very much
Yet faith of many might restore the lore
The world has lost the magic dragon's touch

So let us dream of dragons like before
Once, long ago, when magic was still here
Yet faith of many might restore the lore
Their realm was great, air their common sphere

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The Two Faces of Love

When Love has touched you deep inside your heart
It is a cause for joy and comfort too
That Life is willing to give you that part

Besides the joy Love might bring pain to you
Send tears and worries to a heart no doubt
It is a cause for joy and comfort too

To really know what Love is all about
You should at least know of its double deeds
Send tears and worries to a heart no doubt

So please beware of all the things one meets
When you're in love and think the world is pink
You should at least know of its double deeds

It might be good to wink at Love I think
A little tongue in cheek you should not miss
When you're in love and think the world is pink

There is a lesson you might learn from this
When Love has touched you deep inside your heart
Be happy both with pain and with the bliss
That Life is willing to give you that part

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Teagan De Danaan

Autumn Love

Come take my hand my autumn angel
No longer in spring or summer bright
Lush green colours are no longer visible

The days share equal time with night
Our legacy the colours of red and gold
No longer in spring or summer bright

The harvest gathered, the crop are sold
Winds from cooler seas now chill the air
Our legacy the colours of red and gold

Evenings sat by a fire in a comfy chair
This time is ours in our own private nest
Winds from cooler seas now chill the air

What we have earned, time alone is best
Our future life stretching out forever
This time is ours in our own private nest

Let's walk this path and stay together
Our future life stretching out forever.
Come take my hand my autumn angel
Lush green colours are no longer visible

Believe in Dragons

Believe in dragons, so they may live again.
The time is ripe now that we may live a fantasy
Cannot fantasy and life be both the same?

Cannot we believe and see what we want to see
For dragons lore was part of what used to be.
The time is ripe now that we may live a fantasy

See amid our deepest dreams the bluest sea.
Lording over the land, the golden gentle beast
For dragons lore was part of what used to be.

Knightly lore was blackest deed and evil feast
Magic helped the reigned lord to gain his power
. Lording over the land, the golden gentle beast

Blackest deed and wicked trick did overthrow
Causing this wondrous beast to hide till now
Magic helped the reigned lord to gain his power.

Believe in them. Believe so they may grow
Causing this wondrous beast to hide till now
Believe in dragons, so they may live again.
Cannot fantasy and life be both the same?

City of Angels

I tried to listen to the earth today
And all I hear is the scream of a jet.
All is madness, no sanity in anyway.

The people here how easy they forget
Or have they ever known or cared?
And all I hear is the scream of a jet.

The boom of the earth who have heard?
The Earth breathes and lives and cares.
Or have they ever known or cared?

Breathe, live in this filth them that dares
Rain cannot wash away the filth of kind
The Earth breathes and lives and cares.

They are deaf who are set of mind
I tried to listen to the earth today
Rain cannot wash away the filth of kind
All is madness, no sanity in anyway.

It started with a kiss

It started with a kiss, two pairs of lips
It was so soft, so gentle in the meeting
Hands reaching out touching fingertips

First, like a butterfly a touch so fleeting
Two lonely people looking for each other
It was so soft, so gentle in the meeting

Like Pandora removing her box cover
Getting bolder as they become aware
Two lonely people looking for each other

Eyes closed willing the other to dare
Bodies melding as one, harmonising
Getting bolder as they become aware

Perfect at last no more fantasising
Two lovers now they are complete
Bodies melding as one, harmonising

Aphrodite has swept them off their feet
It started with a kiss, two pairs of lips
Two lovers now they are complete
Hands reaching out touching fingertips

Mirror

What do you see when your looking in there?
Do you believe the image that it portrays?
The ultimate truth that is there, laid out bare.

Look and listen carefully to what it says
Each line there can you ignore what you see?
Do you believe the image that it portrays?

Did you gain them from happiness or misery?
Flaunt them, are they not lines well paid for?
Each line there can you ignore what you see?

Experience is gained by opening fates door
Each line earned, brought by pleasure or pain.
Flaunt them, are they not lines well paid for?

Knowing all, would you go through it all again?
Stand back, can you say that you have lived?
Each line earned, brought by pleasure or pain.

On life's adventures how have you thrived?
What do you see when your looking in there?
Stand back, can you say that you have lived?
The ultimate truth that is laid out bare.

My Wings

My wings cover the tapestried earth
And the shot blue silk of the sea
Flying high see the sun give birth

See the world below in my apogee
As wings now ride the silken morn
And the shot blue silk of the sea

Under Cancer and Capricorn
Flying where no bird can ever fly
As wings now ride the silken morn

Patterning the silent and sunlit sky
Where cloud pennants are unfurled
Flying where no bird can ever fly

My wings are covering the world
Over which I rule as sovereign
Where cloud pennants are unfurled

High over the conquered mountain
Over which I rule as sovereign
My wings whisper and sing in flight
Descending now towards the night.

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Drew Uootem

Star Studded Sky

Gazing into the pitch black star studded sky,
where life becomes so peaceful and sublime,
I find myself amongst them and wonder why.

I loose myself from known places and time
there on that distant star flickering bright
where life becomes so peaceful and sublime.

And for a moment I am lost in the gentle light
as thinking and rhyming seem to overtake me
there on that distant star flickering bright.

Thoughts have the power to create what reality will be
for beauty often comes from within the creating soul
as thinking and rhyming seem to overtake me.

To write something worthwhile my ultimate goal
with a imposing and divine poetic style so formal
for beauty often comes from within the creating soul.

The words that flow capture the imagination of my pen
Gazing into the pitch black star studded sky,
with an imposing and divine inspiration deep within
I find myself amongst them and wonder why...

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