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Rated: E · Poetry · Contest Entry · #2134860
Honoring Autumn and its bounty (contest entry / Rondeau form)
"Autumn Song"

Harvesters sing an Autumn tune;
feasting and dancing follows soon.
Pennyroyal and Marigold;
plant fairies frolic, we are told
under night's lamp, hailed Hunter's Moon.

Frost on pumpkins and corn stalks hewn;
With crop lands now bare, deer herds loom.
Hunters dress for nights bright and cold.
Harvesters sing...

Fall's nature spirits sway and swoon;
fiddles playing, one could assume.
Lovers take a chilly night stroll
under trees donned in colors bold;
yellow ochre, amber, maroon.
Harvesters sing...

(15 lines /A Rondeau is a French form, 15 lines long, consisting of three stanzas: a quintet, a quatrain, and a sestet with a rhyme scheme as follows: aabba aabR aabbaR. Lines 9 and 15 are short - a refrain (R) consisting of a phrase taken from line one. The other lines are longer (but all of the same metrical length).

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