River Bluffs

 

These sandstone bluffs are cloaked in trees,
While waves that ripple in the breeze
Adorn the river down below,
Providing beautiful tableau,
Prevailing in these inland seas.

These sandstone bluffs are cloaked in trees,
While waves that ripple in the breeze
Adorn the river down below.
It’s where the artists often go
To capture scenes here, such as these.

Where inspiration comes with ease,
As driftwood beaches in the lees
Adorn the river down below,
Providing beautiful tableau,
Prevailing in these inland seas.

Such sights have some emotions seize.
The kind the manic muse decrees.
As poets and true artists know,
The mood wherever rivers flow,
Is one that is designed to please.

These sandstone bluffs are cloaked in trees,
While waves that ripple in the breeze
Adorn the river down below,
Providing beautiful tableau,
Prevailing in these inland seas.

 

Author Notes:

These types of sandstone bluffs can be seen along the northern portion of the Mississippi River flowage. This one happens to be at Lake City, Minnesota. Often they can be seen on both sides. If you look closely, you’ll see a road that follows the shoreline. In a short while, the autumn colors will burst out in brilliant display. This is still a summer-like view.

This poem is a Rondeau Cinquain.
A Rondeau is a form of medieval and Renaissance French repeating poetry, while a Cinquain is a five line poem with an aabba rhyme scheme. This format combines the classic features of the two. All lines are written in iambic tetrameter. The Rondeau features remain, with the limitation of only 2 rhymes (a & b) throughout, along with repeating lines. The Cinquain brings its rhyme scheme. What makes this format very unique, is the number of lines that repeat, as well as the way they intertwine. There are three A rhymes that repeat, designated as A1, A2,and A3. There are also two B rhymes that repeat, shown as B1 and B2. The total rhyme scheme is:
A1,A2,B1,B2,A1 — A1,A2,B1,b,a — a,a,B1,B2,A3 — a,a,b,b,a — A1,A2,B1,B2,A1.
So the challenge is not only the rhyming, but also the interweaving of the transitions to achieve a coherent composition. Furthermore the repeated lines must be strong enough to carry forth the beauty of their repetition, as required in the French tradition.

This photograph was taken by the author himself on October 1, 2015.

Synergy of Poetry and Verse. Author, Poet, Photographer

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