The Waning – A Quatern

Luna’s face in grace surrenders
Even with earth’s shadow creeping
Brighter still, she smiles rememb’ring
Her full phase dance with gravity

Inevitable darkness looms
Luna’s face in grace surrenders
Wiser from the lessons rendered
New moon waxing into fullness

Every living being knows from
birth to death it’s days are numbered
Luna’s face in grace surrenders
Never fading, into crescent

Soon will come the reaper’s sickle
Her escort to eternal rest
Just beyond the veil of darkness
Luna’s face in grace surrenders.

kat ~ 25 March 2016

A Quatern is a sixteen line French form composed of four quatrains. It is similar to the Kyrielle and the Retourne. It has a refrain that is in a different place in each quatrain. The first line of stanza one is the second line of stanza two, third line of stanza three, and fourth line of stanza four. A quatern has eight syllables per line. It does not a set rhyme scheme.

line 1
line 2
line 3
line 4

line 5
line 6 (line 1)
line 7
line 8

line 9
Line 10
line 11 (line 1)
line 12

line 13
line 14
line 15
line 16 (line 1)


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