Poetry by Jeff Green

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Whoops!!!

by cricketjeff on September 2, 2008.  © Jeff Green, All rights reserved

Unless you check the forms you write
You’ll often look a silly fool
Retourne and quatern do not quite
Obey the same repeating rule

You’ll often look a silly fool
If you rely on memory
It can be quite a fragile tool
at least if you’re as old as me

Retourne and quatern do not quite
Sit easily within my mind
I find repeats an awkward sight
Preferring verse more freshly lined

Obey the same repeating rule
As in the past French poets used
I’ve headed back to poet’s school
So readers will not be confused

Author notes

Some silly fool (who shall be nameless but it rhymes with thicketdeaf) wrote a quatern for this contest because he didn’t check and misremembered the rules.