Microfiction challenge #12: Abandon

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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Persistent rain on a grey day
To an abandoned mill she walked
Persistent rain on a grey day

Perhaps she was openly mocked
Her past was the past no one knew
To an abandoned mill she walked

He whispered a subdued adieu
Then he packed his bags and left her
Her past was the past no one knew

She cried and everything seemed blur
Knew there was nothing she could do
Then he packed his bags and left her

Helpless with things she has been through
The world seemed to be against her
Knew there was nothing she could do

She wished she could have the answer
Persistent rain on a grey day
The world seemed to be against her
Persistent rain on a grey day

(c) ladyleemanila 2016

For: Microfiction challenge #12: Abandon by Jane Dougherty

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