Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner: 2020: Week #46 – Cowardly connections

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THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “The New Song” by W.S. Merwin: time, always, imagine, back, first, know, when, sound, rain, night, thrush, singing

Cowardly connections

Of day to day life

First give me directions

Imagine no strife

Of day to day life

Always singing at night

You know when time’s rife

When we thrush for our plight

First give me directions

The sound of the rain

Not so much corrections

Back to it again

Imagine no strife

Accept what fate gives us

Look after wild life

And that’s without a fuss*

(c) ladyleemanila 2020

For: https://flashfictionforthepracticalpractitioner.wordpress.com/2020/10/27/flash-fiction-for-the-purposeful-practitioner-2020-week-46/, https://puttingmyfeetinthedirt.com/2020/10/01/october-writing-prompts-3/, http://sundayswhirligig.blogspot.com/2020/10/whirligig-289.html

Created by C. G. V. Lewis, the Quadrilew is a form of quatrain poem with an abab rhyming scheme, repeating lines, and contains an alternating syllable structure.

In the first verse, the poet may either start with a five or six syllable line. If the choice is five then the ‘sounding’ syllable count is (and opposite if the count is six):

VERSE ONE,
Line 1, 5 syllables.
Line 2, 6 syllables.
Line 3, 5 syllables.
Line 4, 6 syllables.

VERSE TWO,
Line 1, (which is a REPEAT of line 2 of the FIRST verse) has 6 syllables.
Line 2 new line of 5 syllables
Line 3 new line of 6 syllables
Line 4 new line of 5 syllables.

VERSE THREE,
Line 1, (which is a REPEAT of line 3 of the first verse) has 5 syllables.
Line 2 new line of 6 syllables.
Line 3 new line of 5 syllables.
Line 4 new line of 6 syllables.

VERSE FOUR,
Line 1, (which is a REPEAT of line 4 of the first verse) has 6 syllables.
Line 2 new line of 5 syllables.
Line 3 new line of 6 syllables.
Line 4 new line of 5 syllables.

If the first line of verse one has 6 syllables then the pattern is
Verse 1, 6565,
Verse 2, 5656,
Verse 3, 6565,
Verse 4 5656: (the rhyme pattern still being abab.)

If wishing to create a longer poem then the next verse (5) must be a completely fresh set of four lines, these being used as before in the following three verses. Etcetera, etcetera.