TERZA RIMA: In The Memorial Gardens

Terza rima is a rhyming verse stanza form that consists of an interlocking three-line rhyme scheme. It was first used by the Italian poet Dante Alighieri.

  • She was meant to meet him here, once, possibly
  • She’s lost his face but recalls that he sang, and was thin.
  • Such is remembrance, such is memory.
  • Or was it some other garden or century?
  • Too early for wasps, but the chestnuts are in their green.
  • She was meant to meet him here, once, possibly.
  • Too early for wasps, too old for virginity.
  • Soon the paths will be white with feather-down.
  • Such is remembrance, such is memory.
  • The blackbird prospects for worms with a beady eye.
  • How pleasant to see, how nice to be or have been.
  • She was meant to meet him here, once, possibly.
  • A bird in the hand is worth two in the chestnut tree.
  • How odd to be old when you feel like seventeen.
  • Such is remembrance, such is memory.
  • A sparrow that feeds from your hand can be company,
  • And many’s the song to be heard from singers unseen.
  • She was meant to meet him here, once, possibly.
  • Such is remembrance, such is memory.

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