W is for Wrapped Refrain

The Wrapped Refrain, created by Jan Turner, consists of 2 or more stanzas of 6 lines each; Meter: 8,8,8,8,12,12 and Rhyme Scheme: a,a,b,b,c,c.

Refrain rule: In each stanza the first 4 syllables (or 4 single-syllable words) in the first line must be the last 4 syllables (or 4 single-syllable words) at the end of the last line. This is what wraps each stanza with a repeated refrain …thus, the Wrapped Refrain.

Optional: The first stanza refrain and last stanza refrain can be joined (or loosely joined) together for the title of the poem.



Don’t worry about me, I’m fine
Without question I’m always thine
Things you can’t control, don’t worry
Worry about things like our tea
And if there’s a problem, we’ll solve it coolly
Just be happy and contend with life, don’t worry

Life is brilliant and fun as well
Giving love a pride of huge swell
Together we face challenges
Whooped into the sea as we plunged
Swim with the fish, have a picnic by the seafront
Dance by the light of the full moon, life is brilliant

(c) ladyleemanila 2016


For: 27th Day of NaPoWriMo and Woohoo! Almost survived the #atozchallenge!

4 thoughts on “W is for Wrapped Refrain

  1. Oh, this is fun. I can count syllables, but meter just escapes me.
    I’ve been doing this challenge unofficially at my short verse (gems) site.
    Only two more to go!

    Thanks for stopping by my haibun.

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