Followers of Roland’s Ragbag will know that, on occasion, I enjoy attempting a, for me, unaccustomed poetic form. I was again encouraged to do so earlier today by a post on Linda Luna’s blog: ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ . Please do take a look at her description of the Decastitch and, in particular at her outline of a particular variation of this many-faceted form named the ‘Ravenfly’. Her blog contains a clear outline of the form, which I quote as follows:
In summary, the Ravenfly is:
• A decastich (10-line poem) written in 3 stanzas: 2 quatrains and 1 couplet.
• Syllabic count: 8-7-8-7, 8-7-8-7, 10-10
• Rhyme scheme: abab cdcd ee
• Meter is optional
RETURN ME TO MY YOUTH
Return me to when I was young
And life had not yet happened;
The loves I’ve had, the songs I’ve sung,
But now I’m truly saddened,
For life has bitten me so hard,
Removing joy and pleasure,
Leaving my swollen heart so scarred
The pain I cannot measure.
My memories of youth are dear,
The future – still obscure, unclear.
A full account of the Decastich and its many different guises can be read on the Poet’s Garret website (q.v.).
I have posted my above attempt at ‘The Raven’ to the ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ Challenge.