Sports Poetry posted September 19, 2016 Chapters:  ...65 66 -67- 68... 

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A Double Echo Poem

A chapter in the book Minnesota Poems

New Stadium

by Treischel

Our stadium debuts today.
Today the fans will get to see,
and watch our team put on display,
display of border rivalry.

A rivalry on new home field.
Field bracketed in sculpted glass.
Its architecture, now revealed,
revealed for dreams to come to pass.

To pass, best way to start first game.
Game played within this stadium
against the Packers, whose acclaim,
acclaims great equilibrium.

An equilibrium to team,
team set to face its stiffest test.
Our fans hold fast to foremost dream.
Dream that our Vikings are the best.

Best wishes raised to crystal peak!
Peak pointed to a new decade,
where champions will rise and seek,
seek football's highest accolade.

For those Fanstorians who don't follow American Football, this poem is about the new $1.5 Billion Stadium, named the U. S. Bank Stadium, in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, that saw it's first NFL Football game played there on Sunday, September 18, 2016 between the Minnesota Vikings and the Greenbay Packers of Wisconsin. Those two teams have been rivals since the 1960's in this division. Wisconsin is easterly adjacent to Minnesota, so this game is known as a "border battle." Of course, Football's highest accolade is to win the "Superbowl." This picture is on that I took of it last week.

This poem is a Double Echo.
The Double Echo poem was created by Sally Yocum. It is so named because both the first and third lines of each stanza have an echo in the following lines." So, in this style of poetry, the endings of lines one and three are repeated at the beginning of the next line. The ending of line four is repeated at the beginning of the next stanza. So the rhyme scheme not only has end rhyme, but also a word echo is its associated next line. It looks like this:
Line 1: a1
Line 2: (A1) b1
Line 3: a2
Line 4 (A2)b2
Next Stanza
Line 5: (B2) c1
Line 6: (C1) d1
Line 7: c2
Line 8: (C2) d2
and so on. Where the capital letters represent the echoed rhyme word. I showed two stanzas to show how the last rhyme carries over.
No specific meter is specified. I wrote this in iambic tetrameter.

This photograph was taken by the author himself on September 13, 2016.
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