The ZaniLa Rhyme is an interesting, modern repeating form. This from was created by Laura Lamarca and consists of at least three 4 line stanzas.
The rhyming scheme for each stanza is the same as Long Measure [Quatrains in iambic tetrameter with rhyme scheme abcb]: ab,(c1.c2 – Internal Rhyme), b
Instead of being Iambic Tetrameter, it has a syllable count of: 9, 7, (9), 9. Variations may be explored – as I did in my poem, Listen to My Tears.
Line three is a Repeating Line throughout: It contains an Internal Rhyme, divided into equal portions (syllable count), or “divided” by the word “and”, the latter resulting in the 9 syllable count which has been suggested by the creator of this from. The same line is repeated as the third line in each stanza, but the two sections of the Internal Rhyme are switched round in each following stanza. Thus the line is repeated identically in each uneven numbered stanza, and the turned line, in each even number stanza.
Furthermore, each stanza starts with the same opening words, but continues with a different ending – which is unrhymed with any part of the stanzas; but it is progressive in its statement and carries the momentum of the poem forward.
LISTEN TO MY TEARS
Forgiveness you have asked of me,
don’t you dare walk out that door.
Listen to my tears, mirror of my fears,
you have hurt me to the very core.
Forgiveness you have not earned,
your many lies had taken their toll.
Mirror of my fears, listen to my tears
shed in the darkness of my soul.
Forgiveness you do not deserve.
But to heal, I will bring myself to
listen to my tears. Mirror of my fears
ignore the signs that we are through.
Forgiveness you shouldn't soon expect.
Her name you call instead of mine.
Mirror of my fears, listen to my tears:
For our love lost, I will always pine.
© 2012 by Suzette Crous
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