TAIL RHYMETail rhyme (translated from the French rime couée or Latin rhythmus caudatus, also called caudate rhyme): A unit of verse in which a shorter line, followed by a longer line or section of longer lines, rhymes with a preceding short line. It may also use rhyming couplets or triplets, followed by a tail or much shorter line, where the tails rhyme with one another. The number of possible variants following this scheme is too many to list here. Whichever verse pattern you decide on, it must be followed throughout the poem.
Seagulls bob at rest on the ocean waves.
A tired fisherman the predawn chill braves,
disgorging his catch on quay.
Gutting knives of vendors clicking like claves,
staining blood red and sliming the cask staves.
A twist of the wrist the key.
Barter for *snoek, which in newspaper saves –
a very old trick passed down by the Cape slaves
before in 1834 been set free.
A vanilla dawn sun the wave crests paves:
North-westerly wind mercilessly raves,
on the ocean waves with glee.
*SNOEK - a line fish
Scientific name: Thyrsites atun
Other/Common names: Cape Snoek, Barracouta (in New Zealand and Australia)
8 December 2012
Tail Rhyme has many variations. Please see the About section for details.