Thank you to Nortina for hosting Moral Monday’s prompts. This week’s prompt is: “Freedom is a state of mind.”
“Stop it Tommy, ” Miss Erma Webster chastised Tommy, slapping his left-hand with her ruler.
He’d been able to write left-handed well since he was five-years-old. He was sixteen now, one of the older students in the one-room school house. He gazed up front at Miss Webster and began writing again.
Miss Webster marched forward, grabbing Tommy’s ear. “Tommy, you maybe almost a man but I won’t let evil win, allowing you to write left-handed. After school, one-hundred lines on the black board with your right-hand. Write: I will never write with my evil left-hand again.
“No Ma’me,” said Tommy. “My writing is perfect. Keep your left-handed superstitions to yourself Erma, you’re only one-year older than me.”
Today’s Poetry 101 is about a journey and to use a simile.
The La’Tuin, a poetic form created by Laura Lamarca, consists of 4-line stanzas with an ‘abca, abca’ rhyme scheme that is consistent throughout each stanza. Stanzas 2, 3 etc. must all follow the same rhyme sounds as the first stanza. With the first stanza being repeated again at the end of the piece. It contains a minimum of 4 stanzas, with no maximum length limit.
A strict syllable count of 9/8/9/8 is required per stanza.
In-Depth Explanation of rhyme:
Lines 1, 4, 5, 8, 9, 12, 13, 16 etc., all rhyme – this is the ‘A’ rhyme.
Lines 2, 6, 10, 14 etc, all rhyme – this is the ‘B’ rhyme.
Lines 3, 7, 11, 15 etc, all rhyme – this is the ‘C’ rhyme.
The La’Tuin is named after A’Tuin, a giant turtle from the Diskworld series. A turtle is a symbol of Mother Earth. La is Laura Lamarca’s signature.
Please see Shadow Poetry for more information. I didn’t follow this form exactly, choosing to almost repeat my whole A line in each stanza as well as repeat the last two words in line D. The line “Shine Bright You Crazy Diamond,” loosely comes from a Pinterest quotation you can find below.
Shine bright you crazy diamond gleaming,
Your road has never been easy,
Glitter like the stars, alight sparkling soft.
Shine, fractured jewel, sustain everglow.
Shine bright you crazy diamond beaming,
Reflective, absorb life’s hurt keenly.
Don’t give up when your facades are sought.
Life’s twisted paths, mean tears; everglow.
Shine bright you crazy diamond seething,
Angry, life results in disease.
World’s imperfect; life’s painful a lot.
Keep brilliant, child be an everglow.
Shine bright you crazy diamond dreaming,
Journey is long, worth your wounds bleeding.
Patch-up cuts, life’s rough; give your best shot
Glean knowledge, sacrifice; everglow.
Shine bright you crazy diamond gleaming.
Daring, follow down roads heedless.
Experience comes when you ache distraught
Shine brilliant gem; gold everglow
The term everglow comes from a favourite Cold Play song called, “Everglow.”