ADIEU TO SUMMER (poetic form: Lento)
Heat that weaves and shreds simmering light
wheat baubles strung on stalks knee-height
fleeting clouds that lumber white on
bittersweet summer days of fading light.
We watch summer colours slide to autumn
trees choosing reds and gilded aurum
bees drunk on roses nectared blossoms
We flee these days for winter’s chasm.
Poetic Form: The Lento – Two quatrains (2 stanzas, 4 lines each, for a total of 8 lines), the first words in each line of a stanza should rhyme (for a first-word rhyme scheme of AAAA BBBB). The end of the second and fourth lines should rhyme. Rhyme scheme might be AAAA/BBBB, ABCB DEFE, or it could be ABAB CDCD. All lines should be more or less of the same length.