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’).