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THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “Proximity” by Karen Head: possum, window, outside, foraging, almonds, watch, nibble, inclined, share, change, opening, world
Two old faces carved on a hill
Watching the world get by outside
By my window some bougainville
A possum by the mountainside
Nibbling some nuts by the hillside
Foraging almonds gave it thrill
Two old faces inclined up there
Sharing with nature moss and leaves
Opening with us our prayer
And as the lonely robbin greaves
Changing perspective one believes
Paying respect to our forebear
Two old faces carved on the rock
Guarding village from any harm
Some birds fly by as they squawk
Motivating us with their charm
Cows and sheep grazing by the farm
Old ladies go out on their smock
Two old faces carved side by side
Greeting the day with love and hope
Care for us and the earth took pride
Giving us things which we could cope
And on the hill goat antelope
For our own sake as we abide*
(c) ladyleemanila 2020
* The Inverted Refrain, created by Jan Turner, consists of four 6-line stanzas, for a total of 24 lines.
Rhyme scheme per stanza: Lines #1-4 are abab;
Lines #5 and #6, the two inverted refrain lines, can be a,b or b,a.
Meter: 8 syllables in every line.
The first four lines of a stanza create a statement from which the last 2 lines extract the meaning, and invert the way it was said. The last two lines of each stanza, which are the ‘inverted refrain’, are indented as a couplet.
As a variation, the couplets in each stanza can reorganize the information in the previous four lines in a summarized manner, and can add further description.