Terza Rima for Kathy
I heard that someone dissed the terza rima
and that you weren’t impressed – well I don’t blame you
these tercets make for one terrific schema.
Who makes such mean and scurrilous a claim? Who
holds the triple rhyme in low esteem? (We
know you, charlatan, and we will shame you.)
This triple breasted tart of Alighieri
fights dirty, while bland couplets spread their mission
in sweaty psalms and sonnets oh, so dreary.
One need not be a great mathematician
to count the threesomes sparked by Dante’s letters
(Divina’s one long-winded composition!)
Those quatrains are for meek and mild bedwetters;
the trine is for the visionary dreamer,
uniquely primed for rhyme’s extreme go-getters.
But here, the couplet finds its great redeemer
to finish off this bloody terza rima.