Florette (Form No. 2)
The Florette (Form No. 2), created by Jan Turner, is a variation and longer form of The Florette.
Rhyme scheme: a,a,b,b,a
Iambic beat is required throughout (one unaccented followed by one accented syllable).
Like the outgrowing of a small flower, the fifth line of each stanza is longer, carrying four additional
syllables than the first four lines.
There is no internal rhyme scheme requirement in the fifth lines as in the fourth lines of The Florette,
although the use of internal rhyme scheme there, or within any of the lines or stanzas, is allowed and
can enhance this extended form. (See Example #1 below, which incorporates internal rhyme sporadically).
Cherry Trees in Bloom
Each March I wait...anticipate
Yoshino's happy blooming state,
when breath of spring's escorted in
with fragrant floral winds that spin
around my head. Such fantasy does this create!
The delicate perfumed bouquet
of tender blossoms' shortened stay
is wafted when they float like snow...
pink flurries as the breezes blow!
My lawn is scattered to and fro with their array.
For one week's time this pantomime
inspires my heart with song and rhyme!
This poet's soul is stirred to pen
emotion that's renewed again...
with dancing petals underfoot, I step in time.
Copyright © 2011 Jan Turner
Electric blue, I watch you pass
through spongy fronds beyond the grass:
shy angel of the coral reef,
your blue’s so bright, beyond belief—
it glimmers like Chihuly’s art, his hand-blown glass.
Today between the rocks you preen
and clean the fishes that convene
of parasites on which you feed.
While sponges are a food you need,
you guard your rock, tenaciously, with temper mean.
A juvenile, you hide to sleep
within the coral’s shelter deep.
In time you’ll fade and find a mate
to swim beside you, share your fate.
Yet, how I wish your vivid color you could keep!
Copyright © 2011 Margaret R. Smith