Labyrinth – Terzanelle

Labyrinth

Rising above the realms of myth,
an enticing chimera whispers,
beckoning into a labyrinth.

Voices chained in golden towers,
slaves of wolfish desires,
an enticing chimera whispers.

In vain they fight their sires,
as shadows engulf the summer sky,
slaves of wolfish desires,

Cheap and Sold are You and I,
to blinding glitters of a mirage,
as shadows engulf the summer sky,

Don’t hide in coward camouflage,
Can you return the son I lost
to blinding glitters of a mirage?

Tell me how much my breath costs,
Can you return the son I lost?
Rising above the realms of myth,
beckoning into a labyrinth.

 

A terzanelle is a poetic form combining aspects of the villanelle and the terza rima.[1][2] It is nineteen lines total, with five triplets and a concluding quatrain. The middle line of each triplet stanza is repeated as the third line of the following stanza, and the first and third lines of the initial stanza are the second and final lines of the concluding quatrain; thus, seven of the lines are repeated in the poem. The rhyme scheme and stanzaic structure are as follows (a capitalized letter indicates a line repeated verbatim):


ABA’

bCB

cDC

dED

eFE

fAFA’

Or, for the alternate (couplet) ending, the final stanza is: fFAA’

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5 thoughts on “Labyrinth – Terzanelle

  1. Tbh, I am not well versed with different types of verses (no pun intended). So this was very informative. The poem made great reading. #prose4thought

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