Sunday Writing Prompt – 20th December –Letter to Santa

Dear Santa, I know it’s been a tough year

A present to bestow to give me cheer

I’m good! I’m good! Wearing my mask

Keeping distance, no need to ask

Not flying, not streaming, just at home

I’m good trimming Christmas tree and not roam

Dear Santa, after Covid, let me swim

Safeguard duly noted, don’t go to gym

Arm and leg! Arm and leg! seem weak

Muscles not lean, life could be bleak

Other things to do, promise to be good

Arm and leg swinging, exercise I would

Dear Santa, let pandemic be over

Above and beyond gimmick once over

Be kind! Be kind! To each other

Miss my father and my mother

Let us all stay safe this Christmas time

Be kind to each one, let the church bell chime*

(c) ladyleemanila 2020

The Staccato, created by Jan Turner, consists of two or more 6-line stanzas.

Rhyme scheme: a,a,b,b,c,c
*Required internal rhyme scheme interplay between line #1 and line #2 (see below explanation and examples).

Meter: 10, 10, 8, 8, 10, 10

Repeats: This form requires a 2-syllable repeat in Lines #3 and #6 as specified below.

As in a musical notation, The Staccato poetry form uses short repeats which are abruptly disconnected elements. The repeat words are read as rapid-fire speech, such as staccato music when played or sung. This form lends itself to strong emotion or instruction (i.e. military poems: “Charge on! Charge on!” etc.), a declaration (such as of an event: “We’re married! We’re married!” etc.), an instruction or emphasis of human emotion (such as love, hate, longing: “Be mine! Be mine!” etc.), strong observation (such as “Those eyes! Those eyes!” etc.) or any similar situation where a strong staccato repeat is desired.

The emphatic two-syllable repeat in this poetry form is written twice, consecutively, at the beginning of Line #3 (each repeat in Line #3 is followed by an exclamation mark), and once again at the beginning of Line #6 (with or without an exclamation mark in Line #6). Please see below poem examples.

Also, Line #2 requires an internal rhyme scheme that rhymes with a word within Line #1, usually falling on the 6th syllable (see examples below), but can fall earlier in those two lines as long as the internal rhyme matches the syllabic stress in both lines (Example: see below poem: “A Soldier’s Wife” where in Stanza #2 an alternative internal rhyme falls in Lines #1 and #2 on the 4th and 5th syllables with the words ‘motions’ and ‘notions’).

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