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Wednesday, October 30, 2013


Rhupunt is one of the 24 traditional Welsh forms and has a scheme of aab ccb ddb etc. or aaab cccb dddb etc., or aaaab ccccb ddddb etc. Alternatively, each stanza can be a single line (but this prayer is so short I chose the former layout). It is described here:

My poem above uses Cynghanedd Sain (sonorous or chiming consonance), that is, treating each stanza as a single line: this involves three elements, the first two rimed (end-words of L1 and L2 in each stanza above), and the 3rd (2nd word of L3 in each stanza above) repeating the consonants of the 2nd. Cynghanedd Sain is described here:

http://allpoetry.com/column/2348659 (scroll 2/3 to ¾ of the way down)
A four syllable line each stanza can be of three, four or five lines a..a..a..B. 
The next stanza rhymes the similar c..c..c..B.The rhyme could change for the next 
stanzas. We end up with a pattern thus:
x x x a 
x x x a 
x x x a 
x x x B 

x x x c 
x x x c 
x x x c 
x x x B
I have used but three lines in the example below.  
My poem above uses Cynghanedd Sain (sonorous or chiming consonance),
which links the last syllable of L2 to the 2nd Syllable of L3.
that calls for consonant rhyme, but in the last line I stepped it up to full rhyme,
not knowing if this might be forbidden.   (It fit too well to ignore.)

Example Poem

Put on a smile
act all the while
the whole is swell.

Ignore all guile
and evil while
fears will disspell.

Will is our own.
You have here grown
won't groan in hell.

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See Rhupunt Hir for a more complete description and one template.

Rhopalic Verse

A poem wherein the nTH word of every line in each stanza has N-syllables.
word 1 = 1syllable
word 2 = 2 syllables
word 3 = 3 syllables
word 4 = 4 syllables
word 5 = 5 syllables,  etc

Example Poem

Expecting Her (Rhopalic Verse)

I’m thinking cautiously, realizing
that other’s promises evaporate
with nature's forcible intervention.
She’ll arrive, defeating complications.

(c) Lawrencealot - April 25, 2013

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A Poetry form invented on AP by Matt

A poem consisting of One stanza of Rhyme, one stanza of haiku,
 and one stanza of free verse.

The order of the components is up to the poet.

Example Poem

Without Repentance

semi-clad, somnolent,
climbing over broken logs--
kids explore their camp

There had been no time
in the circadian twilight
to properly define the false
Niagara bubbling, with snatches
of Mozart melodies
into nearby brook.

The first awake, they had to take their tawny dog and find
the wonders here that did appear, as frozen, left behind
for summer time respite.  They'd climb and swim and even shout;
for being loud was here allowed, and home-based rules were out-
maybe fleecing their sister (decreasing her oatmeal share),
Some things do last without contrast and happen anywhere.

(c) Lawrencealot - October 20, 2012

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Reverse Word

This form was invented by  Walter E. Ferguson III.  aka, Thunder_Speech

The ONLY requirement of this form, is that you use reverse words where ever you might otherwise choose to use rhyme.  Instead of rhyming, the last words of the lines are spelled backwards (reversed) where rhymes would be.

Example Poem

Non-Olympic swimmer

I thought I'd swim a single loop
before I pulled the plug.
I jumped into our swimming pool
and promptly took a gulp.
I thought to myself "damn and rats"
and jumped out on my tarp.
I'll never be a swimming star,
while sitting on my prat.

© Lawrencealot - September 26, 2012

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Like so many other French forms, the Retourne 
is all about repetition. It contains four quatrains and each line has eight syllables. 

The trick is that the first stanza's second line must also be the second stanza's first line,
the first stanza's third line is the third stanza's first, 
and the first stanza's fourth line is the fourth stanza's first. 
Retournes do not have to rhyme.

Example Poem


I'd loved her only all my life.
She found another to her taste.
She left me-- I now have no wife.
New city, no friends; joys erased. 

She found another to her taste.
I begged, pleaded, asked her to stay 
"I miss you, come back! what a waste, 
keeping your lover is okay." 

She left me-- I now have no wife.
Anquish bestirred me. I tried drink. 
But quit to give my boys a life.
Work, feed the boys, cry, try to think.

New city, no friends; joys erased. 
It took a long while, 'ere I tried 
to date-- I was feeling disgraced
How could I ever lose my bride?

© Lawrencealot - April, 2012

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Invented by Renee Mathews Jackson aka Poetryality of Allpoetry
A "®RenRhyme"© 2006 rmj (Original Form)
Written in 8 or 10 syllable lines, consistently. Meaning do not mix eight with ten but write with either eight or ten syllable lines.

It consists of three, four-line (Quatrain) stanzas (12 lines)
Lines 1-4 in the opening stanza are the refrain lines

Line 1 is repeated as line 2 in the second stanza
Line 2 is repeated as line 2 in the third stanza
Line 3 is repeated as line 4 in the second stanza
Line 4 is repeated as line 4 in the third stanza

®RenRhyme (Rhyme Scheme):


There is no meter requirement.

Example Poem

Write a Ren Rhyme

Poetryality built a new form.
A third of the poem's in stanza one.
You can use it to please, or to inform.
Just write that third and you'll be two-thirds done.

That eventuates because of refrain.
Poetryality built a new form.
You see, one stanza is used twice again.
You can use it to please or to inform.

Choose eight or ten syllables for line length.
A third of the poem's in stanza one.
Required repetition gives the verse strength.
Just write that third and you'll be two-thirds done.

© Lawrencealot - September 3, 2012

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RemyLa Rhyme

The RemyLa Rhyme Form, a form created by Laura Lamarca, consists of 4 stanzas. 
Each stanza has four lines.
 The syllable count per stanza is 8/10/12/8 and
 the rhyme scheme is abca defd ghig jklj.
The first word of stanza 1 must also be the last word of stanza 4. 
The last word of stanza 1 must also be the first word of stanza 2 and the last word of stanza 2 must be the first word of stanza 3.
Finally, the last word of stanza 3 must also be the first word of stanza 4.

J1, x, x, x, x, x, x, a
x, x, x, x, x, x, x, x, x, b
x, x, x, x, x, x, x, x, x, x, x, c
x, x, x, x, x, x, x, x, A1

A1, x, x, x, x, x, x, d
x, x, x, x, x, x, x, x, x, e
x, x, x, x, x, x, x, x, x, x, x, f
x, x, x, x, x, x , x, D1

D1, x, x, x, x, x, x, g
x, x, x, x, x, x, x, x, x, h
x, x, x, x, x, x, x, x, x, x, x, i
x, x, x, x, x, x, x, G1

G1, x, x, x, x, x, x, j
x, x, x, x, x, x, x, x, x, k
x, x, x, x, x, x, x, x, x, x, x, l
x, x, x, x, x, x, x, J

Example Poem

Cant Kick

Pants hanging around our butt-crack
We met, said "Howdy", got a bit rowdy
We'd rather play street ball, bounding and bouncing here
than go to the gym or the track.

Track my progress and you will find
I'm a kicker- and no one is quicker.
I simply own this ball game when played on this block.
I'm double-teamed and I don't mind.

Mind you that's in this neighborhood.
Today we we're aiming at taming foes
that kick a wicked ball in Homer's home ground.
There's never been a doubt they're good.

Good enough to stand a real chance.
With me doubled and tripled we did lose.
A loss costs the losers a high-wire pair of shoes.
Next time it could cost me my pants.

(Lawrencealot - June 22, 2012

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013


This is a new form invented by Elizabeth Reed, aka Silverechoes on Allpoetry.

The form is made up of thirteen lines - two six-line stanzas and one final line. The two stanzas tell the majority of the story, and the first line of the second stanza should serve as the inspiration for the title (though not required). The last line will be a restatement or rephrasing of the first line of the second stanza. Rhyme scheme and corresponding syllable counts are as follows:

a (8 syllables)
b (9 syllables)
C (10 syllables)
a (8)
b (9)
C (10) (uses same word as line 3 for end-line rhyme)

D (8)
e (9)
F (10)
d (8)
e (9)
F (10) (same end word as line 9)

D (8 OR 10 syllables) (same end word as line 7)

Example Poem

We Missed the Dance

"Does my old cowboy hat look fine?"
you asked me just as we were leaving.
I turned and looked, and ran into the door.
"Well dear, I d say you look divine,"
"What hat?"-  My eyes were they deceiving?
There were those pokey things that I adore.

"If we perchance can miss the dance
and settle later just for dining
I think I'd rather stay at home instead
exploring signs of our romance
which we can do while we're reclining."
With that she led me to our bed instead..

And so we once again have missed the dance.

© Lawrencealot - September 10, 2013


This is a form created by Amanda J. Norton, writing on Allpoetry as DarkButterfly.

It consists of two quatrains and a couplet
with syllables of 8/7/8/7/10/10
rhyming abab cdcd ee

There are no metric requirements.

Example Poem

May I Sit Here   (Ravenfly)

Penelope prevaricates
She's done it throughout her life.
The truth she just approximates.
Glad she's someone else's wife.

She runs down gals she doesn't know.
Bill,  when choosing where he sits
avoids her;  I would never though,
I appreciate her tits.

Besides by sitting there when 'ere I can.
She has to slime and smear some other man.

© Lawrencealot - July 11, 2013

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Rannaigheacht mhor

Rannaigheacht mhor (ron-á-yach voor, the ‘great versification’) is an ancient Irish quatrain using 7-syllable lines with 1-syllable end-words rimed ababa-rime can be assonance, but b-rime must be rime, here meaning perfect ‘correspondence’ or Comharda, in which consonants of the same class (p-t-k, m-n-ng etc.) are interchangeable—plus alliteration in every line—preferably between end-word and preceding stressed word (always thus in each quatrain’s closing couplet)—with at least two cross-rimes per couplet (assonance okay in leading couplets), one being L3’s end-word rimed within L4.  Being Irish, it requires the dunedh(first word, phrase, or line repeated in closing).  Each quatrain, as well as each leading couplet, must be able to stand on its own.  Modern specs for this form are given here:

Example Poem

Great Versifiers

Men sometimes are dreamers, lost,
lust-driven schemers who, when
hunting, deceive.  With trust  tossed
at great cost; none believe men.

(c) Lawrencealot - May 16, 2012

No template can be more than a rough guide, but here one is:

Note here, I failed to use proscribed alliteration in the final line! Damn.
And upon sober review I find that this fails also, in that the first
couplet cannot stand alone.  Someone competent, please provide me
with a perfect example.  I shall replace this.


"Puente" means bridge in Spanish. This form was invented by James Rasmusson.

Constructed in 3 stanzas, the 1st and 3rd are separate thoughts but share an equal number of lines and the center, bridge stanza. The middle stanza is one line and is enclosed in tildes (~) to distinguish itself as both the last line of the first stanza and the first line of the last stanza.

The meter and rhyming are at the poet's discretion, free verse being perfectly acceptable. The title is has no guidelines; it need not match the bridge stanza like the example below.

Example Poem

Opportunity Knocks

A new form came upon the scene
and sep'rate topics are required
with bridging line in between
as linked by poet, so inspired.

~ it's both a test and opportunity~

Another contest has appeared
it features something yet untried
but that is nothing to be feared;
try it you'll be satisfied.

© Lawrencealot - May 31, 2013


Monday, January 21, 2013
11:28 AM
Pixiku is a poetry form Invented by  Alice E. P. Stephenson, aka SEA_angle on Allpoetry.
The plural of PIXIKU is PIXIKU just as the plural of HAIKU is HAIKU.

Pixiku is THREE line poetry 
(Wild child of Haiku and Senryu).
PIXIKU have no syllable count. Capital letters okay. 
Since we all have something quotable to say once in awhile.

Pixiku, Haiku or Senryu Around The World.  (Up to You.)

HAIKU about nature
SENRYU about everything else
(Lower case. Maximum syllable count 17 syllables.)

PIXIKU is all encompassing with NO syllable count...
(Upper case okay in a Pixiku.)

The following are PIXIKU examples by the inventor


You are the star
Your decisions have your autograph
Consequences reflect your character


Did you know that not only is
Today a gift since the present
YOU are a gift being present


P ixiku is a 3 line poem; original personal quote (thought)
I nvented by poet SEA angel
X eno to poetry and the wild child of Haiku and Senryu
I nvites your life experience self expression etc.
K eeping a syllable count or lower case not required 
U p to you how you set up 3 lines to express your message

Related Forms: Alphabet Haiku,  Crystalline,  Haibun,  Haiga,  Haiku Haikuette,  KimoLune, PixikuRhaikuSijoUkiahZip

Example Poem by Lawrencelot

There are just under billion people
alive on the earth today
and you are related to everyone of them by DNA.

(C) Lawrencealot - September 19, 2012

Monday, October 28, 2013


The pantoum consists of a series of quatrains rhyming abab in which the second and fourth lines of a quatrain recur as the first and third lines in the succeeding quatrain; 
each quatrain introduces a new second rhyme as bcbc, cdcd
The first line of the series recurs as the last line of the closing quatrain, and third line of the poem recurs as the second line of the closing quatrain, rhyming zaza. 
The design is simple: 

Line 1
Line 2
Line 3
Line 4 

Line 5 (repeat of line 2) 
Line 6
Line 7 (repeat of line 4) 
Line 8 

Continue with as many stanzas as you wish, but the ending 
stanza then repeats the second and fourth lines of the 
previous stanza (as its first and third lines), and also 
repeats the third line of the first stanza, as its second 
line, and the first line of the first stanza as its fourth. 
So the first line of the poem is also the last. 

Last stanza: 

Line 2 of previous stanza
Line 3 of first stanza
Line 4 of previous stanza
Line 1 of first stanza 

NOTE: I found to meter specified for this form but on Shadow Poetry found examples from Iambic Trimeter to Pentameter

Example Poem

Then She Married Me

I met her online, whatcha think of that?
In writing workshop I critiqued her work.
Then we played sensual games by chat.
Cutting out by need... the hotel desk clerk.

In writing workshop I critiqued her work.
Her stories aroused a man unfulfilled.
Cutting out by need... the hotel desk clerk.
Our minds connected; our Eros was thrilled.

Her stories aroused  a man unfulfilled.
We climbed with words into each other's head.
Our minds connected; our Eros was thrilled.
This late-night texting led me to her bed.

We climbed with words into each other's head.
Then we played sensual games by chat.
This late-night texting led me to her bed.
I met her online, whatcha think of that?

(c) Lawrencealot April 2012

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Paired Triquin

This is a form recently invented by Gary Kent Spain, aka venicebard on allpoetry.

To Quote Gary:
 Some paired what, you say?  This is a form I invented recently, not just to invent a form but because I liked the sound of it.
‘Triquin’ is a reversal of ‘quatrain’ (I dropped the a because both ‘triquain’ and ‘troisquain’ sounded funny to me) and is defined as a three-line stanza consisting of:

L1 - trochee-iamb-iamb-iamb
(DUM de de DUM de DUM de DUM);
L2 - iamb-iamb-iamb-iamb
(de DUM de DUM de DUM de DUM)
L3 - (indented) iamb-iamb 
(de DUM de DUM);
and it must contain alliteration between two consecutive stressed words in one of its lines,
and the final consonant sound of L2 must match that of L3 (last two consonants,
if the last syllables of both end in two or more consonant sounds).

‘Paired Triquins’ specifically refers to two of these forming one six-line stanza,
with another variant allowed (only if one wishes) for the new L5, namely:

pyrrhic-spondee-iamb-iamb   (de de DUM DUM de DUM de DUM)
...and the additional requirement of having the 1st and 3rd DUMs of L2 rime the third DUM of L1,
and the 1st and 3rd DUMs of L5 rime the 2nd and 4th, respectively, of L4.
Syllabic schematic:
     xXxT [‘T’= terminal consonant]
xBxXxCxT [or xxBXxCxT]

Example Poem

Mentor   (Paired Triquin Pair)

Scoundrels will scheme and squirm to make
you learn what you have spurned in past
    these tasks attest.
Welsh as this seems, it to's been true
in dreams,  these I eschew sometimes,
     but not new forms.

Granted not gracing our fair bard
this hour would only sour myself.
    There'd be no riff.
Colleges fail,  but mentors don't;
they're hale and really won't give up.
    They just can't stop.

© Lawrencealot - June 20, 2013

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    The Octelle, created by Emily Romano, is a poem consisting of eight lines using personification and symbolism in a telling manner. The syllable count structure for this verse is 8, 8, 7, 7, 7, 7, 8, 8, and the rhyme scheme is aa/bb/cc/aa. The first two lines and the last two lines are identical.

      Example Poem

      I've Heard It All Before


      I am the bottom of the mug 
      You see me when you chug-a-lug. 
      Look down here for answers, dear. 
      I am sure they won't appear. 
      That's been tried by many men. 
      What the hey, you'll try again. 
      I am the bottom of the mug 
      You see me when you chug-a-lug. 

         © February 14, 2013

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Nove Otto

The Nove Otto poetry form was created by Scott J. Alcorn. It is a nine-lined poem with 8 syllables per line (isosyllabic). The rhyme scheme is as follows: aacbbcddc.

The presented rhyme scheme, no matter who wrote it, is a corruption of the accepted standard, it should be presented as aabccbddb.

I have asked Shadow Poetry to make the correction on rhyme scheme protocol.

Restated Specifications

A nine line poem, Syllabic, 8 syllables per line
Rhyme Scheme: aabccbddb

Example Poem


The clatter of our daily life,
type-writers, doors, or fork and knife,
are processed- usually ignored
while we contend with mundane tasks.
"Where is the quiet?" we might ask.
To find it you must leave the horde,
and the devices built by men.
Commune with nature now and then.
Assuredly, you'll not be bored.

© Lawrencealot - May 24, 2013

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Mystic Butterfly

Mystic Butterfly form is one created by two poetesses 
and combines their pen names of Mystictaurusritr and DarkButterfly.
The form is intricate in style and utilizes both of their own styles 
as well as incorporating extended echos of Edgar Allan Poe.

Their form is penned as follows:

2 Sestets (6 lines per stanza)

Each line starts with a capital letter.
Rhyme scheme:  abcddd
Internal and External rhyme using the same pattern, on every line.

Line 6 is your refrain, which the first word may be altered 
if needed to fit stanza better. Syllable pattern as follows:
L1 ~ 16 syllables
L2 ~ 18 syllables
L3 ~ 16 syllables
L4 & L5 ~ 15 syllables (L5 ends with end word of L4)
L6 ~ 7 syllables

Example Poem

A Night Out with a Role Playing Mistress      (Mystic Butterfly)

I followed her into the park across the street and in the dark.
Her coat hid her skimpy and bold clothes that exposed much to view, more to cold.
She'd turned him down with much disdain, and picked another just as plain,
He, had no doubt, much money spent; back downstairs he looked content.
She'd  struck out  with a spiffy gent, who left clearly not content.
Evil doers must repent.

As she approached the wooded dark, cutting through the secluded park.
Death was gaining through the dim cold.  This attack would be quick evil and bold.
There remained nothing to explain. The whore simply must feel the pain.
He pulled her from the hard cement, promised loud he would torment.
Before he could my knife's descent cut his throat without torment.
Evil doers must repent.

© Lawrencealot - October 28, 2013

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The monotetra is a new poetic form developed by Michael Walker. Each stanza contains four lines in monorhyme. Each line is in tetrameter (four metrical feet) for a total of eight syllables. What makes the monotetra so powerful as a poetic form, is that the last line contains two metrical feet, repeated. It can have as few as one or two stanzas, or as many as desired.

Stanza Structure:

Line 1: 8 syllables; A1
Line 2: 8 syllables; A2
Line 3: 8 syllables; A3
Line 4: 4 syllables, repeated; A4, A4 

Example Poem

Collaboration     ( Monotetra)

My gramp brought me a valentine.
To give to mommy and it's just fine.
I'm four years old and it's all mine.
A valentine. A valentine.

It's got a heart and teddy bear
To show my mom how much I care.
A tiny voice came from nowhere,
"I've got no flair." "I've got no flair."

Somehow that card said words to me.
"I'm not as fine as I can be.
I need more personality"
that she can see, that she can see."

"With your help lad, I'll be much more.
I'll be a card that she'll adore."
I'll not be common anymore!
Accept this chore.  Accept this chore."

With a crayon I wrote just "my"
after "Mom".   She is my own, that's why.
I signed Tommy then heard card sigh.
I don't know why, I don't know why.

The card she's kept for all this time.
A priceless card that cost a dime.
Mom says I made the value climb
with my first rhyme, with my first rhyme.

© Lawrencealot - February 9, 2013

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Michelle's Quatrain Wrap

This form was created by  Michelle DeLoatch-Barbosa , aka Michelle723 of Allpoety.

It consists of four or more quatrains
the first three lines being written in iambic tetrameter
and the last line being written in iambic trimeter.
Of course poets so inclined may substitute trochaic meter.

Rhyme Scheme: aaab cccb dddb … aaab

Example Poem

Tombstone Movie (Michelle's Quatrain Wrap)

The outlaws had a power base,
controlled the town and usually chased
the law-abiding from the place
and sent them further west.

When Wyatt Earp rode into town
it was to put his own roots down
he'd served as lawman and had found
large measures of success.

He'd brought his wife and brothers too,
all prepared to try something new.
He thought his fighting days were through
He wanted now to rest.

Ike Clanton and an outlaw gang
controlled the town with strum und drang;
the sheriff there weren't worth a dang.
Here outlaws coalesced.

A marshal's killed and terror reigns
and brother Virgil takes the reins
then outlaw enmity begins
with their law self-professed.

Doc Holiday is Wyatt's friend
and to his efforts Doc did lend
his pistol power to defend
a friend he called his best.

When Wyatt met his Josephine
a love at mutual first sight's seen
she leaves before the showdown scene
and moves to the far west.

An ambush kills or maims his kin
then Wyatt dons a badge again
and vows the outlaws now can't win,
their deaths pre-empt arrest.

When Holiday beats Ringo Starr
who could have beaten Earp by far
the outlaws are without a star,
their power dispossessed.

Doc gives Wyatt some sound advice:
before with boots off Doc then dies
most entertained by that surprise-
his final thought expressed.

When Wyatt found her, pled his case,
she accepted and they embraced
with love that never was erased,
as Holiday assessed.

© Lawrencealot - September 2, 2013

 Following its cinematic release in 1993, Tombstone was named "One of the 5 greatest Westerns ever made" by True West Magazine.

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Lisa Rima

This is a new form invented by Lisa La Grange of Allpoetry.

It consists of two or more quatrains of set syllabic length.
and with a specified rhyme pattern.
Syllable are: 8/8/8/3, and
Rhyme is: zzza

Meter is:
da da DUM da DUM da DUM da for the 8 syllable lines, and
da da DUM for the final line of each stanza.

(Anapest, amphibrach, trochee,  (same thing as Anapest, iamb, iamb) then
Anapest for line 4)

Example Poem

Pony Up

I suppose our band is corny,
and our plight about as thorny,
as a Bishop getting horny.
That's a bit.

Now John Wayne is bold and dashing,
and friend Clint is big on smashing,
and they both are really cashing
in on it.

The guitar I play beautif'ly,
I quaff my beers down dutif'ly
and play poker quite fruitfully
when I sit.

When required my firearm shooting
at the bandits who are looting
will just leave the children hooting
quite a bit.

It's for peanuts that we're playing
that's despite skill we're displaying
so if they do not start paying
I shall quit.

© Lawrencealot - August 24,2013

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