General Poetry posted August 19, 2018


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A Swap Quatrain

Little Buccaneers

by damommy

The little pirate called his crew,
“It’s time to sail the ocean blue.”
The boat across the sand they hauled.
His crew the little pirate called.
 
They set the sail to catch the breeze,
sat down to snack on pickles, cheese.
They hoped that soon they’d spot a whale,
to catch the breeze, they set the sail.
 
“Hey, thar she blows,” the first mate said,
“the water spouting from her head.
What will she do, nobody knows.”
The first mate said, “Hey, thar she blows.”
 
Their mission done, they turned ashore
and like the whaling men of yore,
the jokes were made and tales were spun.
They turned ashore, their mission done.
 
As twilight nears, soon time for bed.
A pillow for each sleepy head.
So rest, ye little buccaneers.
Soon time for bed as twilight nears.


swap quatrain contest entry


Within the Swap Quatrain each stanza in the poem must be a quatrain (four lines) where the first line is reversed in the fourth line. In addition, line 2 must rhyme with line 1, and line 3 must rhyme with line 4 and so on, BUT not repeat the same rhyming pattern on subsequent stanzas.

Rhyming pattern: AABB, CCDD, and so on.
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