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
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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