Ladylee’s Photo Prompt #3

Hello everyone. The challenge – write a tale, poem, fiction, script, lyric, etc. using this photo. Link back to this post from your blog or leave in the comment section below. Thanks and have a great week everyone.

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My take:

Waiting for something to happen

On this spot as instructed
Staying together, we added
Toured the city, we’re not frighten

We’re late for some important date
Fun in the city, us children
People walked about, so crowded

Waiting for something to happen*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* The Octain, full name Octain Refrain, is a form of poetry developed by English poet Luke Prater in December 2010.

It comprises eight lines as two tercets and a couplet, either as octosyllables (counting eight syllables per line), or as iambic tetrameter, whichever is preferable. Trochaic tetrameter also acceptable. The latter yields a more propulsive rhythm, as opposed to iambs, which lilt.

As the name suggests, the first line is a refrain, repeated as the last (some variation of refrain acceptable). Rhyme-scheme as follows –

A-b-b
a-c/c-a
b-A

A = refrain line. c/c refers to line five having midline (internal) rhyme (e.g. here/sneer), which is different to the a- and b-rhymes. The midline rhyme does not have to fall exactly in the middle of the line, in fact it can be more effective and subtle, depending on context, to have it fall earlier or later.

Alternative layout/stanza-structure:

Refrain lines out on their own, with the middle six as two tercets –

A
b-b-a
c/c-a-b
A

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