Dark skin, crooked teeth, wild hair and old fashioned clothes;
A black pearl in an ocean that shines blue for miles.
Bound by a hundred rules her peers ridiculed,
There was no room for an odd-ball in high school.
Queen of the land of invisibility,
This was one superpower she wished she didn’t have
Confidence fell, she doubted her abilities
Stuck in a rut she struggled to rise above.
She stayed herself whilst the world changed around her,
Courage and perseverance reigned supreme here.
The past, nothing but a flicker of a memory
A stepping stone to better things that lay ahead.
Karma came a full circle and fate set things right
A pretty face opens doors, but brains keep you inside
People still talk, but she’s learned the tough way
Make your mind a sieve: keep some, the rest throw away
Here we have a Canzone, which is an Italian style of poetry. It is from the era of Sonnets, but was preferred by some poets due to its flexibility.
Rules for a Canzone:
- Each verse has the same number of lines ranging from 7-20 lines
- Syllable count per line can vary from 10-12
- No fixed rhyme scheme but most poets preferred couplets to give the poem a musical feel
- The poet Dante preferred the following “recipe” for a Canzone:
*First couplet : Define the subject
*Second couplet: Introduce the conflict, question or theme
*Third quatrain: Conveys the mood, sentiment or stance
*Fourth set of lines : Embed the purpose of the poem in the reader’s mind
I got inspiration for this form from Bastet at Mind Love Misery’s Menagerie.