Newbie poetry lesson, Ottava Rima, 8 lines, 10 syllables, rhyming pattern:a-b-a-b-a-b-c-c
|As I lay sleeping warm between my sheets,
My dreams of pleasant nature undisturbed.
There came across the darkened land and streets,
a deathly silence. Not a sound nor word
from fighting cats, an owl or lonely bleats.
All life from off the earth to the last third,
Was taken and forever cast away.
And we awoke to what? ‘Tis all dismay!
Man, with ne'er a thought for any brothers,
Unleashed the atom’s fury on the earth.
Pressed the button, vanity uncovers,
future suffering; children in their birth.
Decades, Roubles wasted to recover,
Fukishima's warning around globe's girth.
No lesson learnt by recent ruling man.
The nuclear winds of World War Three to fan.
Ottava Rima: 16 lines, 10 syllables, rhyming pattern:a-b-a-b-a-b-c-c
Written for: "The Poetic Pen Workshop/Contest"