This is a form created by Daniel Lake, writing on Allpoetry.com. I have provisionally named it the Lakelet, which is:
- Stanzaic: Consisting of 3 or more sestets.
- Metric: Each stanza consisting of five lines of iambic tetrameter and one line of iambic trimeter.
- Rhyme scheme: abcccb
If I Could Write
If I could write the perfect words,
Contained within the perfect line
That sets your mind to think again,
Embraced by love, encased by pain,
Enrapturing it’s sweet refrain,
So buried in its rhyme.
If I could write exquisite form,
That takes your breath and stills your heart,
To make you read and read once more
Each tiny vowel that you explore,
That you’d remember evermore;
A wondrous work of art…
But I am just a simple man
Who writes of love, or mystic birds,
Of summers sweet or winters snow
Or war and peace, or skies that glow,
Who strives to gain that high plateau:
If I could write those words…
© 2010 Daniel Lake
Although we both said that we’d call
and promised that we’d keep in touch
as routine fills our daily life
me with, and you without a wife,
we’ve settled down, and absent strife
we haven’t called that much.
If distance played a lesser role
we’d meet each other every day
to stimulate and satisfy
and obfuscate and edify
and simply bull-shit guy to guy
to pass the time away.
Our needs are handled where we are
and habits mostly seem worthwhile
and while a call is not a chore
it’s something both of us ignore
though each of us should do it more
because it makes us smile.
© Lawrencealot – July 30, 2015