Monday 16th May 2011, A. Palmer
Upon the shelf, you sit and live-
We're taught your hands make presents past
and left to feel we're caught, outcast,
despite our belts in seats you give
to all those born to ride your scorn,
as we are dropped like sand through sieve
by those damn hands. No thing does last-
upon the shelf, we sit and live.
This is an Octain, a form of poetry devised by Luke Prater, which is also the focus of a workshop today (Monday 16th May 2011) over at One Stop Poetry. An Octain is a poem of 8 lines, made up of two tercets and a couplet, with each line comprising of 8 syllables (usually adopting iambic or trochaic tetrameter). The rhyme scheme is A/b/b | a/c-c/a | b/A, where A is a refrain (the first line is repeated closely or identically as the final line) and c-c is a slice of internal rhyme. I first tried my hand at an Octain back in January with a slightly more light-hearted affair than this one. That poem, on the subject of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, can be found here. To read more fantastic attempts at Prater's Octain, head over to the workshop, where there is a Mister Linky widget at the bottom with links to other poets' Octains.