In my neighborhood there is much to observe if one wants to take the time but that would fire my nerve The teens across the street with their pants down to their butts and thumping cars and music loud makes me a bit nuts So I'd rather take a walk and observe the flutter of leaves enjoy the sun on my face and the brush of a breeze On down the trail past the cows in the field there's a creek that bubbles and yields It's song is one of serenity that gives me a different sense of pace no matter what else goes on helps me navigate with grace
Assignment Day 7: Neighborhood, Ballad, Assonance
Whether it’s your block, a favorite store or coffee shop, or just a general sense of community (or lack thereof), keep today’s poem local, within the radius of a leisurely stroll from your home.
Today’s Form: Ballad
- Ballads are dramatic, emotionally-charged poems that tell a story, often about bigger-than-life characters and situations.
- Ballads had their roots in danced songs, and were traditionally composed using ballad meter (ryhme ABCB) and ballad stanzas (four lines).
- Their history notwithstanding, by now there are no strict rules governing the structure of ballads — they can be long, short, rhymed, or unrhymed — though it’s still common for ballads to have a refrain.
Today’s Device: Assonance
The strategic repetition of vowels in close proximity to each other.