Enjoy a trip down city street,
or better yet, to roll and greet
from carriage pulled by steel shod feet.
A regal course,
A pretty horse
that pulls a surrey painted white,
with wheels that whirl to expedite
a tour of city sights. Just right
to set the tone
on cobbled stone.
I was out on a walk in downtown Minneapolis, where I spotted this horse-drawn carriage. Normally, in the summer, the driver is dressed in elaborate, colorful livery. But that day, it was about 20 degrees Fahrenheit, and a bit breezy. So the drab coat and cap were called for. Still, the passengers looked like they were enjoying the ride. I just had to capture a picture.
This poem is a 12 Line Exhortation.
A 12 Line Exhortation is a format that I created in June 2013. I researched poetry types with 12 Lines to see what they are called. I found a group of poems called 12 Lines. But they are basically unstructured. I wanted some specific structure. I wanted a poem with 3 consecutive lines of rhyme, that played off 8/4/2 syllable counts and was positive in spirit.So I created this format and call it – 12 Line Exhortation. I don’t think this format previously exists, as far as I know. Let me know if otherwise. Here are the rules.
A 12 Line Exhortation is a poem with 12 lines, starting and ending with a 2 syllable line that carries an exhortation, like; Get up!, Move on! Go jump! The whole syllable structure is; 2/8/8/8/4/4/8/8/8/4/4/2.
There is also a fixed rhyme scheme of: AbbbaacccddA, where the capital leters are repeated lines.
This photograph was taken by the author himself on February 20, 2016.