Teach Thy Children

 

Teach Thy Children ‘Bout the world

From child inquiries
All its mysteries
Unfurled

Teach Thy Children ‘Bout the world

Ancient histories
Fabled Victories
That whirled

Teach Thy Children ‘Bout the world

Bird Aviaries
With feathered species
Claws curled

Teach Thy Children ‘Bout the world

Then their memories
Let young faculties
Be swirled

Teach Thy Children ‘Bout the world

Author’s Notes:

This was a campfire Nature Session about Eagles and hawks. As you can see the children gathered around the teacher to discover about raptor. Their curiosity was intense, and I was inspired by the event.

This poem is a Lyrical Virelai.
As I was researching the Virelai structures of French repeating poetry, I discovered that modern Virelais take on an aabb rhyme scheme, and a 5-5-2 meter. I then found that in the earliest times, they were often sung with a repeating refrain in between each stanza, with a rhyme scheme of:
A abb A abb A abb A (and so on, using only 2 rhymes).
The meter of the refrain wasn’t identified, but I thought a 7 syllable line might work well with a 5-5-2 construct. So my meter is:
7 5-5-2 7 5-5-2 7 5-5-2 7.

This picture was taken by the author himself on August 28, 2015, at Lake Elmo Park. Reserve.

Synergy of Poetry and Verse. Author, Poet, Photographer

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