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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Slide Ballad

This form was invented by Larry Eberhart, aka, Lawrencealot and dedicated to Victoria Sutton, aka, Passionspromise, inventor of the Slide Sonnet.
Slide Ballad consists of six or more quatrains in common meter
Rhyme pattern
(ax)axa (bx)bxb (cx)cxc (ax)axa (dx)dxd (ax)axa
Where (ax) indicates that end-line is unrhymed, but that there is interleaved rhyme from the first section of the first line to end following end-rhyme.

(There need not be multiple stanzas with the same rhyme, but there may be)

Where the a-lines in the final stanza are made up of segments from the preceding a-lines, see template and example.
Feminine rhyme is permitted as exception to common meter.

Example Poem

Soldier   (Slide Ballad)

There was no way he'd fail to join
the fight, and stay and play
while others wore the uniform
and gave their lives away.

His parents' view, was fearful but,
all hoped he'd make it through.
His Margie said "You'll come back, Joe,"
I'll wait until you do.

The war ground on, relentlessly,
'til many friends were gone.
Some missing limbs went home.  Some stayed,
interred 'neath foreign lawn.

Joe suffered grave injuries twice,
from those who would enslave.
He returned to fight each time - saying,
"It's not because I'm brave.

I want to stay until we win,
We shall ,I hope and pray.
I cannot set aside my role
while evil still holds sway.

He was the last left living now
behind the lines when fast
advancing  enemy took charge,
and then the battle passed.

'Twas only he the farmer found
a live, but bound to be
a corpse if left. The farmer cared
with quiet dignity.

Another year elapsed; he healed,
and hid and helped them clear
their crops,  He learned some French and learned
the end of war was near.

There was no way to thank his friends
who'd risked their lives that way.
I'll fetch my Marge, then we'll return;
We shall ,I hope and pray.

  © Lawrencealot - January 8, 2013

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