Prime Rhyme

Whilst recovering from a long walk in the forest yesterday, I delved into my Handbook of Poetics (as you do!) and came across the Double Refrain Ballade. Intrigued by the details of this form, I spent a chilled half an hour crafting my own saucy version.

The Double Refrain Ballade has three, eight-line stanzas rhyming abaBbcbC, with an envoy of four lines rhyming bBcC. It also has two refrains. The first refrain appears as lines four, twelve, twenty and twenty-six; the second refrain appears as lines eight, sixteen, twenty-four, and twenty-eight.

Unlaced : Double Refrain Ballade

She came alive in dreams

her senses led the way

Unrivalled libertine

Make love to life today!

“Come, give me your Milk Tray”

The thrill is worth the chase

Yes have your wicked way

Our bodies long to taste

No anti-ageing creams

could smooth her truth away

She soon ran out of means

Make love to life today!

Her soul cracked through the clay

Rough diamonds gleam with grace

Our minds lead us astray

Our bodies long to taste

She cried, she laughed, she screamed

She ate, she loved, she prayed

Who knows what all this means?

Make love to life today!

Move like a Mantaray

Unclasp that jewelled case

Let passion have its say

Our bodies long to taste

She smiled as her hips swayed

Make love to life today!

Alive are The Unlaced

Our bodies long to taste

Photo: @Swanson Chan (Unsplash)

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