Mid-Swap

Mid-Swap
Created by England’s Jenny Buzzard, this form requires adherance to a strict structure.  It contains four quatrains with a center couplet, at a syllable count of eight per line.  The rhyme scheme is:  A1abb   ccdd   A2A1   eeff   ggaA2    Or, to put that in an example: Start out with a line in rhyme “A,”  XXXXXXXa   XXXXXXXb   XXXXXXXb   XXXXXXXc  XXXXXXXc   XXXXXXXd   XXXXXXXd   Do once more a line in rhyme “A.” Start out with a line in rhyme “A.”  XXXXXXXe  XXXXXXXe  XXXXXXXf    XXXXXXXf   XXXXXXXg   XXXXXXXg   XXXXXXXa   Do once more a line in rhyme “A.”

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Specifications restated:
The Mid-Swap is:
An 18 line poem
Stanzaic, consisting of four quatrains separated by a couplet.
Isosyllabic, consisting of 8 syllable lines.
Rhymed: A1abb   ccdd   A2A1   eeff   ggaA2
Refrained, as indicated by the capital letters in the rhyme scheme.

My example

Off-balance (Mid-Swap)

When you went crazy as a kid
like loosening the pepper lid
you managed then to stir the pot,
and frequently you were not caught.

You lobbed a snowball high and far,
before we even saw the car.
Of all our throws, that one was tops
despite the fact you nailed some cops.

You did for fun the things you did
When you went crazy as a kid.

The camp advisor you’d short-sheet
each time we went on our retreat.
In college you moved drunk guy’s bed
from quiet dorm to quad instead.

You disregarded proper form,
exciting times became our norm.
Don’t let age stop you, God forbid!
You did for fun the things you did.

© Lawrencealot – October 21, 2014

Visual template
Note: this template shows iambic tetrameter, but meter is not mandated.

Mid-Swap

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