Beth Camp Historical Fiction

Sunday, October 27, 2013

October 27: Two rhymes . . .

Today's poetry prompt from Octpowrimo offers three options, each one progressively more difficult. I wrote just two, not three responses.

Rhyme Prompt One - A Mono-rhyme is a poem in which all the lines have the same end rhyme.

"With apologies to Mary"

Should one be inclined to marry,
my advise is first, to tarry
well before taking that first scary
step to creating your own eyrie,
complete with tiny, beloved fairy,
for too quickly you'll wish for nary
another soul quite so hairy
whose nasty words you'll parry
as you drink another glass of sherry;
at each sip, increasingly wary
of the contrary wish to bury
your own sweet Mary.

Rhyme Prompt Two - 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 mono-rhyme scheme. Each has 8 beats per line. NOTE: Mine has 13 lines. Oops!


Leaning forward, I see you sign
this painting, dark sky, yellow pine:
   bright stars reach where I do not know
   how to read each painting or go
   to some other place long ago.
   I cannot paint or write or show
   my love another way but flow
   around you, still an awkward crow.
   Your painting done, you glow
   with visions, fingers marked with woe,
   for truth, there's only one Van Gogh
 who marries art, a perfect line
 I cannot measure, yet divine.

The Starry Night
Vincent Van Gogh, 1889


  1. Anonymous5:26 PM

    Were we supposed to do all three? I just picked one. oh well. once an underachiever always an underachiever. YOU, however, are awesome! I love, love your poems! And Starry Night is one of my faves. Good on you!

    1. Thank you, Beth. I was browsing through the rhyming dictionary. When I spotted Van Gogh, the poem emerged! Funny how both were about a marriage of sorts.

  2. Lovely as always! I especially loved the first one, very humorous! And clever. Good job with the rhyming, it was all I could do just to get mine to rhyme, much less follow any rules.

    1. Thank you, Christine. I've never cared for rhyming much, though I can appreciate the discipline of ordering the words into a pleasing form. A professor in college once totally destroyed a friend of mine by saying real poetry doesn't rhyme. I say, let there be rhyme!

  3. I enjoyed the restraint which comes with the format rules... it requires a better understanding a use of language to get ones point across within the confines of rhyme and rule. You did an admiral job, not once but twice! Go you. I did the only one you didn't. :) X

    1. Very well said, Shah. I agree wholeheartedly, but rarely choose rhyme as I don't write poetry very often -- except for these (I can now say it as it's near the end of the month) bloody challenges which at this point I'm wondering why I started, but we will finish, yes?

  4. Anonymous9:48 PM

    I am IN LOVE with your first piece! I laughed out loud and was seriously impressed by your word usage. Especially loved "of the contrary wish to bury"

  5. Loved both of these, Beth. When I counsel folks who are newly in love, I tell them pretty much what you said in your first poem:
    "Should one be inclined to marry,
    my advise is first, to tarry"

    Beautiful job with your duo-rhyme, too.
    Thank you. xoA