Snow lays heavy on grounds frozen.
Winter settles in once more.
Trees are barren. Plants now covered.
Thoughts of spring come to the fore.
Long to see the lilacs blooming —
fragrant flowers I adore
lavender clusterss, land gracing
with contrasting leaves of green.
Memories of which I’m dreaming,
interrupt a bleak routine.
Winter can be beautiful as well as bleak. Thoughts of spring do creep in.
This poem is a Decannelle.
The Decannelle was created by Joseph Nutter and made popular in 1949 when it was published in a poetry magazine. The odd numbered lines have unrhymed feminine endings, while the even number lines have rhymed masculine endings.
The Decannelle is:
1. A decastich, a poem in 10 lines.
2. Metered in trochaic tetrameter with alternating 8-7-8-7-8-7-8-7-8-7 syllables causing the odd numbered lines to end with feminine end words, and the even lines having two end rhymes (a and b).
3. Rhymed. The rhyme scheme is: xaxaxaxbxb (with the x being the unrhymed line). Sort of a hop-scotch rhyming pattern of every other line.
This photograph was taken by the author himself last spring on May 12, 2016.