An August Day

A hot August day closes its simmering drapes
Sultry darkness creeps in on silent, soggy feet
A hot August day closes its simmering drapes

The sun slinks away in temporary defeat
Mimosas curl their leaves, heave a sigh of reprieve
Sultry darkness creeps in on silent, soggy feet

Katydids, crickets, and frog’s voices interweave
A warm breeze soughs through old oaks, tickles Spanish moss
Mimosas curl their leaves, heave a sigh of reprieve

A whippoorwill calls, shedding the sun’s scorching dross
Fireflies come out of hiding, frolic in the yard
A warm breeze soughs through old oaks, tickles Spanish moss

Through the screened window, Elvis croons, that fifties bard
On the front porch, sweet iced tea caresses damp hands
Fireflies come out of hiding, frolic in the yard

Where children shout “Red Rover!” in my heart’s Southland
A hot August day closes its simmering drapes
On the front porch, sweet iced tea caresses damp hands
A hot August day closes its simmering drapes

©2021 KT Workman

(Note: A Terzanelle is a combination of the villanelle and terza rima poetic forms. It consists of 19 lines containing 5 interlocking tercets, plus a concluding quatrain, in which the 1st and 3rd lines of the 1st tercet appear as refrains. The middle line of each tercet is repeated, reappearing as the last line of the succeeding tercet, with the exception of the center line of the next-to-last stanza, which appears in the quatrain. Each line has the same metrical length.

Rhyme and refrain scheme: A-B-A, b-C-B, c-D-C, d-e-D, e-F-E, f-A-F-A [or f-F-A-A].) Definition taken from: Shadow Poetry website.)

And a special thanks to Ben Alexander at The skeptic’s kaddish whose Terzanelle inspired me.


Image by Konevi from Pixabay

11 thoughts on “An August Day

    1. I took a class on poetry writing a couple of months ago in which much is explained. Poetry has a lingo all its own. And, you can find more detailed explanations of poetic forms on the internet.
      Thank you, Sister. Trying new things is challenging and fun (for me).

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  1. Wow! Although I hold a degree and taught writing and poetry, I wouldn’t tackle this form unless the incentive was astronomical, lol. The instructions alone would drive me crazy and the actual writing would never get finished. Hats off to you, lady, you done better than good.

    Elizabeth https:soulsmusic.wordpress.com

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  2. I have very little education in poetry, though I have written a few, but only of the rhyming variety. This was a fascinating and engrossing read especially when I began to spot the patterns in the stanzas, though I had never heard of this type of poetry before. It actually was like a word puzzle contained in a poem and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Bravo KT.

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    1. Thank you, D. T.
      Believe me, it was like a puzzle writing it. 🙂
      While taking a poetry class, I learned there are more forms of poetry than one can shake the proverbial stick at. I’m enjoying experimenting with them.
      Again, thank you for stopping by and commenting.

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