A Swinburne Quatrain poem
|Stand still and let God move today;|
For you, recess.
World that swirls in chaotic fray;
Be free, Lizbess.
Stay quiet and do not worry;
You have no stress.
God is in control, no hurry;
Rest deep, Lizbess.
Your window view is quite charming;
But I digress.
For God’s strength is not disarming;
Be strong, Lizbess.
Lest you find these words alarm
And seek redress;
I ask forgiveness, do no harm;
Dear sweet Lizbess.
Entry: December 4, 2017
For: The Poet's Place Cafe
Form: This form is based upon Algernon Charles Swinburne’s “Faustine”
Stanzaic, four or more quatrains
Metric: Alternating iambic tetrameter and iambic bimeter
Rhymed abab cbcb dbdb, etc.
Word Refrain: L4 final two-syllable word.