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Saturday, April 12, 2014


The dansa is an Occitan verse form i.e. it's from the troubadour territory of southern France. All the verses except the first are the same: they rhyme aabb with the last line a repeated refrain. The first verse has five lines, and consists of the refrain followed by four lines similar to all the other verses. No particular metre is essential, but Skelton says six-syllable lines are common in Occitan verse, so that's what I used.
A Load of Rot

Mulching is the future!
Let those clippings lie there,
Proving how much you care.
For lawns needing nurture,
Mulching is the future.

Don’t clear up that cut grass!
Lie down; let the urge pass.
Be at one with nature -
Mulching is the future.

You need no-one’s pardon;
This is your own garden.
For your private pasture,
Mulching is the future.

Your leisure is well-earned.
Relax; don’t be concerned.
Look, see the big picture:
Mulching is the future.

What you leave will decay.
It will provide one day
Nutrients and moisture.
Mulching is the future.

Don’t get up; better far
To stay right where you are.
As with any creature,
Mulching is your future.
I saw a lawnmower on sale with the slogan "Mulching is the future"I found it a catchy slogan but a depressing thought. Still, there had to be a poem in it... It was just a question of finding a suitable verse form. I think the dansa was a fair choice.
I cheated slightly by altering one word in the final repetition of the refrain.  Poetic licence.

Thanks to Bob Newman for his wonderful Volecentral resource site.

My example poem-
Since Bob used a slogan, I did too.

Intrigue     (Dansa)

Does she? Or doesn't she?
If you but only knew.
Instead you have no clue.
So what is it to be?
Does she? Or doesn't she?

A guy, you can just ask,
it's such a simple task
It can't sound like a plea,
Does she? Or doesn't she?

Why should you really care
what color is her hair.
But when it comes to me,
Does she? Or doesn't she?

© Lawrencealot - April 12, 2014

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