Linda Kruschke’s Paint chip poetry challenge this week is for a terza rima, which has the rhyming pattern ‘aba bcb cdc ded efe fgf, etc. The poem (or individual section, called a canto by Dante) usually ends with a single line or a couplet, rhyming with the previous tercet’s middle line. But it may also end with a tercet, it’s middle line rhyming with the opening tercet’s first and third lines, making the form circular.’ (Poetry dictionary)
‘Your challenge for this prompt is to write a terza rima of at least three stanzas. In keeping with the theme of three, I would like you to use at least three of these paint chip words and phrases: blank canvas, lavender, whirlpool, seedling, happily ever after, golden, and cliff’s edge.
I would also like you to use one of them as the title of your poem without actually using it in the poem itself.
Since the terza rima form doesn’t specify line length, you could write in short, terse lines, or long ambling ones.’
Happily ever after?
Over the red sandstone cliff’s edge
Seabirds congregate in pairs
Raising their chicks on every ledge
No space for twigs, eggs of theirs
Sit on the guano-stained rock
Looks from parent birds are glares.
In the sea spawning fish stock
The larder for days ahead;
Famine could decimate the flock.
The rising sun does not shed
Its light on these birds’ young chicks –
But golden light going to bed.
As these birds’ future lives mix
Chances – death or survival,
So we should be helping to fix
Seedling hopes of revival,
Offering heartfelt prayers
For every new arrival
That eternal life will be theirs.