|Elizabeth Taylor on the set of Giant by Frank Worth|
Elizabeth, a hot young thing,
takes up some string
and twirls it round
above the ground.
It helps her memorise her lines;
the knotted twines,
She’s soon off pat.
And when she comes to play her scene,
with Jimmy Dean,
she casts her spell;
he’s snared as well.
© Marilyn Brindley
Thanks to Tess Kincaid for the prompt on The Mag, where we are encouraged to keep our muses alive and well. I’ve been absent for a while but this image was right up my street.
- The syllables are spread over twelve lines: 8 in the first, fifth and ninth lines and 4 syllables in all the other lines.
- It's written in iambic rhythm (di-dum)
- it is punctuated as prose, in that capital letters only appear after full stops and not necessarily at the beginning of lines.
- It rhymes in couplets a,a, b,b ,c,c, d,d, e,e, f,f.
(from 'The Poet's Craft' by Sandy Brownjohn.)
I first used it last September on ‘Trapped’ and I rather like it.