She looks at me, the new girl from school
And so I thought I knew her from the pool
That’s it! That’s it! We used to swim
From age four, she’s always slim
From then on we were always together
That’s it, and her hair has changed its colour
Recalled when we were wee, we’re so happy
We pick up fruit and we always climb tree
Go on! Go on! We can make it
It was fun we have to admit
We did roller blading and skiing
Go on, it was worth it and fun to swing*
(c) ladyleemanila 2017
* 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’).
For: Saturday Mix – Double Take, 2 September 2017