I skidded into June without even tapping the brakes. Time seems to slip through my fingers the further I travel down the road. I decided to take a pit stop at the poetic form called a Dansa. This style of poetry, known as an Occitan (the official language of Catalonia) form with no set meter. This lyrical poetry style comes from the Occitan words for “to dance.” I called this Dansa Poem Cheese and Vampires. I also used the Random line generator to spark my creativity. The generator’s line suggested, ” I have two things on my mind: cheese and vampires.”
Guidelines for writing a Dansa Poem and Cheese and Vampires
*Opening quintain (Or five-line stanza) followed by quatrains (or four-lined stanzas)
*The opening line of the first stanza is the final line of every stanza
*Rhyme scheme in the opening stanza: AbbaA (Capitol represents the refrain
*Rhyme scheme in the other stanzas: bbaA
There are no other rules.
Note: I will also be adding Black Out Poems as we go along the way. I plan to keep using this style until the book I’m using runs out of pages for me to play with to create these unique and visual poems. I’m excited about jogging down this road.
Cheese and Vampires I have two things on my mind: cheese and vampires Cheese because I need to be fed Vampires fill me with dread Because of their blood thirsty desires I have two things on my mind: cheese and vampires Sometimes I lay awake at night on my bed With thoughts of hunger and death in my head My body trembles and perspires I have two things on my mind: cheese and vampires Images of begging bread Without an ounce of butter to spread While the rich build their massive empires I have two things on my mind: cheese and vampires I can’t remember exactly what I read Maybe it was only something that was said The world is stuck in sequences of quagmires I have two things on my mind: cheese and vampires I want to run but should have already fled From the monsters sickening bloodshed Instead, I sat around a comfortable campfire I have two things on my mind: cheese and vampires
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