There are 5 stanzas of 3 lines each, written in iambic tetrameter, or a count of 8 syllables. The first lines of each stanza must form a complete poem, independent of the remainder of the poem. This internal poem is reinforced through the use of monorhyme. The remaining two lines of each stanza, are an elaboration, description or extension of the first line, and they are presented as a rhyming couplet.
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a - b - b / a -c -c / a - d - d / a - e - e / a - f - f in which each line has 8 syllables.
A further option appears to be to print the 5 lines with rhyme a after stanza five as a sixth stanza, which allows the reader to appreciate the thematic poem on its own.
Here is an example on Poemhunter.com written by the inventor of the form.
The Sunday Mini-Challenge is posted at noon on Saturday (CST) in order to allow the extra time needed to perfect a form piece. Therefore, we ask that only new pieces, which follow the schema, above, be linked to this forum. If you have an unrelated poem that you would like to share on RT, you are encouraged to link up on Monday, when it is writer's choice.