© A Mixed Bag
Come and follow me to this place
Chasm that cut across the base
Strum of waves as they hit the rocks
Blithesome like a garden of space
Sea as primal highways of life
Free as far as the eyes can reach
Key to my heart while you’re near me
We can rise up as we beseech*
(c) ladyleemanila 2017
* A poetic form created by Lencio Dominic Rodrigues, the Lento is named after it’s creator, taken from his first name Lencio and rhymed to Cento, an existing form of poetry.
A Lento consists of two quatrains with a fixed rhyme scheme of abcb, defe as the second and forth lines of each stanza must rhyme. To take it a step further, but not required, try rhyming the first and third lines as well as the second and forth lines of each stanza in this rhyming pattern: abab, cdcd. The fun part of this poem is thrown in here as all the FIRST words of each verse should rhyme. There is no fixed syllable structure to the Lento, but keeping a good, flowing rhythm is recommended.