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Poem by Lewis Turco (USA)

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DECEMBER 2012: A TERZANELLE

 

On a first stanza by Christopher Wiseman

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By Lewis Turco

 

The Christmas poet tried a villanelle,

But, blocked, he couldn't do it, couldn't find

Words less useless than a faint “Noël.”

 

His Christmas correspondent didn’t mind

Because he felt that he could help a bit

But, blocked, he couldn't do it, couldn't find

 

The proper rhyming word that he could fit

Into the rhyme scheme of a villanelle

Still, he felt that he could help a bit

 

If he composed a simple terzanelle,

For it was much the same form, after all.

Into the rhyme scheme of a villanelle

 

His Christmas correspondent made that call

And presto! There it was: an Xmas carol

In very much the same form, after all!

 

After all the angst and folderol

The correspondent tried a terzanelle

And presto! There it was: an Xmas carol,

 

Words more useful than a faint “Noël.”

 

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