As The Ducks Paddle Along -A Terzanelle

The Terzanelle is a poetry type which is a combination of the villanelle and the terza rima forms. It is a 19-line poem consisting of five interlocking triplets/tercets plus a concluding quatrain in which the first and third lines of the first triplet appear as refrains. The middle line of each triplet is repeated, reappearing as the last line of the succeeding triplet with the exception of the center line of the next-to-the-last stanza which appears in the quatrain. The rhyme and refrain scheme for the triplets is as follows:

1. A
2. B
3. A

4. b
5. C
6. B

7. c
8. D
9. C

10. d
11. E
12. D

13. e
14. F
15. E

Ending Type 1:

16. f
17. A
18. F
19. A

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As the ducks paddle along
People are glad to see them
As the ducks paddle along

They swim smoothly like bright gem
Their webbed feet are powerful
People are glad to see them

They pass by the stream babble
They can both hover and swim
Their webbed feet are powerful

They dip till they reach the rim
Family of ducks splashing
They can both hover and swim

Kids give them bread for eating
Ducklings are happy to feed
Family of ducks splashing

Pleasure to see we agreed
As the ducks paddle along
Ducklings are happy to feed
As the ducks paddle along

(c) ladyleemanila 2016

For: Weekly Challenge: Forward

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