Flash Fiction for the Aspiring Writer: Poem – Wrapped Refrain (2) – ” Bye Bye American Pie” #amwriting #poetry #flashfiction 


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Credit: Sunayana MoiPensieve

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He sings the song, he knows so well, “American Pie” resounds, 

A story “a long long time ago” the lyrics found, 

On the lips of those passing by, 

Throwing coins for memories sighed, 

Thinking of “the day the music —

Died,” a plane crash in history mused. 

Brought into the present, the “music [that] makes [him] smile.” 

Singing talent innate: “Bye, Bye Miss American pie.” 

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He sings of the “good old boys . . . drinking whiskey and rye,” 

Of the day they thought “this would be the day that” they’d up and die, 
He breathes life into Rock and Roll, 

Thinks music can save “mortal” souls. 

His sonourous voice knows he has —

No luck; but he’ll sing for for the past. 

For “Miss American pie;” she drives her “Chevy” to the dry —

Levy;” all passing, know the lyrics “the day the music died.” 

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He’s a hit, his voice similar to Don McLean of past,

He drives home the point, as if it were shards of sharp glass. 

As history occurred, passed, 

“Dirges in the dark” that collapse. 

Of forgotten heros, music lost, 

Of times forgotten, with cost. 

Singing for the “kings” and “queens” who walk on by, listening, 

He sings the song he knows so well “Bye Bye . . . American pie.” 

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Don McLean – “American Pie” 

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Wrapped Refrain (Form No. 2), created by Jan Turner, carries some similar aspects as her Wrapped Refrain form, with further advanced techniques. It consists of 2 or more stanzas of 8 lines each, with the following set rules:

Meter: 14, 14, 8, 8, 8, 8, 14, 14
Rhyme Scheme: a,a,b,b,c,c,d,d

Refrain rule: In each stanza, the first 10 syllables in the first line (incorporating a phrase) must be the last 10 syllables at the end of the last line (line #8).

Please see Shadow Poetry for more information. 

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