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When Child Is born style Wrapped refrain

When child is born

When child comes out of mothers womb
He well must feel a sense of doom
As he comes through the birth canal
To frighten him this cannot fail
Then he must enter room with bright lights all about
Oh how frightening this must be when child comes out 

 This poor babes mind is not too clear
Where he came from there was no fear
Eden’s Garden it seemed to be
All soft and calm and warm for he
When he was born this child. Oh what then did he find?
Oh, what fear there must have been in this poor babes mind 

Wrapped Refrain

The Wrapped Refrain, created by Jan Turner, consists of 2 or more stanzas of 6 lines each; Meter: 8,8,8,8,12,12 and Rhyme Scheme: a,a,b,b,c,c.

Refrain rule: In each stanza the first 4 syllables (or 4 single-syllable words) in the first line must be the last 4 syllables (or 4 single-syllable words) at the end of the last line. This is what wraps each stanza with a repeated refrain ...thus, the Wrapped Refrain.

Optional: The first stanza refrain and last stanza refrain can be joined (or loosely joined) together for the title of the poem. Example was left justified.

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  1. Date: 11/27/2015 5:19:00 PM

    love the form you showed us Peter - I agree about the bright lights it must be a heck of a shock for the baby - guess its something I've never thought about before:-( hugs Jan xx
  1. Date: 11/24/2015 8:59:00 PM

    G'day Peter... another writing style I'm not familiar with, but you've done a good job with it. Thanks for the explanation - Lindsay
  1. Date: 11/20/2015 8:39:00 AM

    As always you my friend write such great poems in all these new poetry forms that you learn!A7
  1. Date: 11/19/2015 5:12:00 PM

    The form is intriguing Sir, thanks for sharing..........A.M.
  1. Date: 11/19/2015 4:46:00 AM

    Peter, love the form, Im pleased and interested to try it sometime.. =`)! lovely piece!~Olive Eloisa =`)
  1. Date: 11/18/2015 6:23:00 AM

    So true....
  1. Date: 11/18/2015 5:01:00 AM

    - Getting from a safe and warm mother's stomach ...... a terrible meeting with the world, dear Peter - A first class poem as always :) - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
  1. Date: 11/17/2015 11:19:00 PM

    Hi Marugu. Pleas yourself my friend and if you find the sylable count wrong please let me know. I learned that style on another group tht teaches and puts our poems into charity groups. I have my poems in about 16 different books. They have taught me so much. Thank you for you kind comments, my friend....peter
  1. Date: 11/17/2015 11:10:00 PM

    Interesting piece Peter. Hope you don't mind if I do a syllable count. A 7!