The Tavern

I am happy March has arrived, and I can put my adventure with the Aquarian metered poetry behind me. I’ve decided to move into new territory. In the past, I have devoted myself to writing a single style of poetry for the month. Writing in the same style for thirty days can get tiring, so I will lunch a new way of attacking my poetic journey. I will explore three new types of poetry in March, and I plan to write Breccbairdne, Blackout, and Brady’s Touch poems. This poetic adventure will teach me many important lessons about meter and rhythm.  Let’s get started. This poem is a Breccbairdne poem The Tavern.

Breccbairdne and The Tavern

This form of poetry is an Irish quatrain. The standard pattern is as follows.

1. Four line stanzas

2. Five syllables in the first line. Followed by six syllables in the next three lines

3. Lines two and four rhyme

4. All end words consonant

Each line ends with a 2 syllable word. Lines two and four rhyme.

The Tavern

Neon lights are begging
Hooker’s eye mascara
With colored lights blinking
Throat dries like Sahara

Make you sway stumble
Into dens of darkness
There is nothing humble
About this vile address

Tabletops bloody
Dark light in a cavern
The wooden floor muddy
At home in the tavern

You know in a glance
Among these tattered people
There’s no place for romance
For the lame and cripple

Up and down skidrow
Evil trouble tonight
Fists flying with gusto
Won’t stop until daylight


Who is Molly Shea?

Molly Shea is an accomplished fictional short story writer from Indiana who writes short stories and novels about a fictional town called Tecumseh.  To read more of her short stories and adventures, click here.

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