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I am writing letters home,
And will enclose in each a poem.
Here is my selection
For my verse connection.

I think for Maybelline
My best Alexandrine,
Six syllables per line,
That I'll polish till they shine.

Something different for Fritz,
I am sending him a Blitz,
I've not written one before,
But I'll manage, I am sure.

When I get around to Joan,
I thought she'd like a Canzone,
That will take a little time
For the complicated rhyme.

I should think a Carpe Diem
Would be just right for Liam,
"Seizing the day," I have found,
Suits him down to the ground.

I do hope Tarquin
Will appreciate his Cinquin -
Not my favourite form of verse,
I think they are a curse.

I prefer the Chrystalline,
And will send one to Raylene,
Maybe one about her kitten,
With which she is so smitten.

A Diminished Hexameter
Will find its way to Rita,
Maybe one about that guy
She said she would give the go-by.

I will work on a Dizain
That I can give Lorraine:
Perhaps a ballet theme,
If it fits the rhyme scheme.

And I guess Lindy-Lou
Would just love a Doditsu,
I will try for hysterics,
With some dreadful dactylics.

I reckon Sherrilyn
Is the one to send an Englyn,
She'd prefer something witty
To the shallowly pretty.

I doubt if Mary-Sue
Has ever read an Etheru,
So it will be a surprise
When my ten-liner arrives.

I think I'll send Archie
A rude Fibonacci,
I can be unrefined
In the requisite lines.

On the other hand, April
Deserves my best Idyll,
Just as well they're not long,
I could easily go wrong.

And for lovely Michelle,
A sad Kyrielle,
I will hope to attain
A soulful refrain.

A dainty Ninette
For sweet little Lynette,
Or perhaps a Nonet,
I'm not too sure yet.

I am hoping Estella
Will love my Quintella,
Five lines to say

I am sending Christina
My latest Sestina,
Repeating her name
Where words must be the same.

I will save a Terzanelle
To send to Isabel,
If good things come in threes,
That should be sure to please.

I have not forgotten Violet,
I am sending her a Triolet,
And will try to keep neat
The lines I repeat.

Well, that completes the list.
Anyone I've missed
Will have to wait their turn
For a Lento or a Lanterne.

Or maybe - I don't know -
A Tetractys or a Rondeau,
Perhaps a Sedoka,
Pantoum or Choka.

I would find a Ghazal
Too much of a puzzle,
But I'll try a Rubaiyat
To practice on the cat.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2020

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