General Poetry posted February 14, 2020

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A Duo-Rhyme for Potlatch Poetry

I'd Name Him Flag

by damommy

There was a deer whose name was Flag.
He ate the crops. There was the snag
for keeping him, a boyhood pet.
His permanence was under threat
because he caused more work and sweat.
The boy defended him and yet
he knew the deer the crops beset.
Decision made with great regret,
and came the day he’d ne’er forget.
He took the gun, his mind dead set.
Poor Flag would never be a stag,
and nevermore would his tail wag.



The title is a line in the movie, The Yearling.

The Duo-rhyme, a poetic form created by Mary L. Ports, is a 10 or 12-line poem, with the first two and last two lines having the same rhyme scheme, and the center of the poem (lines #3 through #8 or #10) having their own separate monorhyme scheme.

Meter: 8 beats per line, written in iambic tetrameter (4 linear feet of iambic) Rhyme Scheme: 10-line: a,a,b,b,b,b,b,b,a,a and 12-line: a,a,b,b,b,b,b,b,b,b,a,a

Club entry for the "Duo-Rhyme--Week of 2-14-2020" event in "Potlatch Poetry".  Locate a writing club.
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