Dutch Sonnet

This poetry form was presented by Dutch poet Leny Roovers. It is a unique form in that almost follows the Italian 8/6 pattern, but makes a statement with a sestet, and then pauses for thought with a couplet, and then like the Italian finishes with another sestet statement but of a much different tempo. Here is the pattern;
a. b. a. b. a. a. c. c. . . d. e. d. f. x. f.
Here is an example.

Tell Me of Your Anger in Whispers

A silence is most fine thing when irate.
Emotions can cause phrases to excite.
It's wise of you my dear, therefore to wait,
we want to solve a problem, not to fight.
For now, until your anger can abate,
avoid harsh words almost assured to grate.
Your calm approaches help make troubles slight.
If I have blundered then I'll be contrite.
So hold those words for later; don't despair
A resolution we will find that works.
I'll listen to your words- you know I'm fair.
Now here's the perfect way to do this right.
I'm your husband, and want to work with you
my love, use whispers closely late tonight.

Larry Eberhart





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