One Sunday whilst loafing around on the garden sofa I penned a Constanza poem. This is an invented form created by Connie Marcum Wong and consists of five or more 3-line stanzas. Each line has a set meter of eight syllables. The first lines of all the stanzas can be read successively as an independent poem, with the rest of the poem weaved in to express a deeper meaning. The first lines convey a theme written in monorhyme, while the second and third lines of each stanza rhyme together.
Rhyme scheme: a/b/b, a/c/c, a/d/d, a/e/e, a/f/f………etc.
The First Year
We plough deep down into the earth
Go mining for the darkest soil
Hope our new project’s worth the toil
The tiny seeds will soon give birth
To plants of green and baby leaf
How Spring can help to heal our grief
New life awakening our mirth
We pluck the fruits of our hard work
The sweetness sends the wasps bezerk
With watering cans we’ll quench their thirst
Their goodness only multiplied
With every month we grow more wise
Let’s raise our glasses, it’s a first!
Green-fingered? Anybody’s guess
It will have been good fun at best!