A to Z Challenge – K is for Kangaroo

April 13, 2015 at 12:05 am | Posted in A-Z Blogging Challenge 2015, Australia, Nature, Poetry | 4 Comments
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A2Z-BADGE [2015] - Life is Good

 

Through entering writing competitions, I encountered many different forms of poetry, and wrote them too. Some were better than others. The Revanche is another form with which I had previously been unfamiliar.

The Revanche is a poem of action, comprising alternating quatrains and couplets. The quatrains (4-line stanzas, with the 4th line in a different rhythm) tell a story, and the couplets (2 rhyming lines) have a beat that creates action and excitement to the telling of the story.

The form then consists of:

8 stanzas of alternating quatrains and couplets.

Stanza 1: a quatrain in iambic tetrameter;

Stanzas 2,4,6,8: Rhyming couplets in iambic tetrameter;

Stanzas 3,5,7: Quatrains, with 3 lines in iambic tetrameter,

and the 4th line in iambic trimeter.

All quatrains are unrhymed.

This is the first and only Revanche poem I have attempted, as it can be a difficult one to work at. I found it a great exercise, and one which increased my appreciation of what can be created in a poem.

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Old Man Kangaroo

– a Revanche poem –

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They drive out where the ground is rough,

through mulga, scrub and spinifex,

past dry creek beds and rocky tors,

to hunt the Old Man Kangaroo.

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Alerted by the engine’s throb,

a tremor stirs the grazing mob.

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The driver’s craggy face lights up,

his mate beside adjusts his seat,

anticipates the chase to come,

prepares to use his gun.

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The Old Man Roo stands up full height,

defiant in the evening light.

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The men ignore the fleeing does,

the joeys racing at their side;

and focus on the Patriarch,

a target worth the run.

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The roo explodes with mighty bound,

then turns and zig-zags ‘cross the ground.

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Through trees and scrub, up creek and rise,

the battle-scarred old truck gives chase;

its engine strains, it spins and slides

then lurches to a halt.

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Atop the hill the roo looks down;

again he’s beat the men from town.

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(c) Linda Visman

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