OctPoWriMo Day 26 – Cordially yours

Cordially yours, me on my bike

Laughing on this triumphant day

Cracking jokes on wilted leaves yay

Not denying myself of hike

Go to the gym just to be trim

Stretch and endure to spike

Different and singular my way

Cordially yours, me on my bike*

(c) ladyleemanila 2020

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.

For: http://www.octpowrimo.com/2020/10/octpowrimo-day-26.html, https://puttingmyfeetinthedirt.com/2020/10/01/october-writing-prompts-3/, https://sundaywhirl.wordpress.com/2020/10/25/wordle-479/

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