Reason A. Poteet


Internal Combustion Engines - Poem by Reason A. Poteet

Subtitle: Boys Will Be Boys

Male internal combustion knock
has much to do with raw fuel.
Most fellows think it’s really cool.

They brag of how their innards talk.
Thanksgiving Day - so much to say,
after eating, they really squawk.

I think they run a private school
for internal combustion knock.


Male internal combustion ping
a refrain that blames the fuel.
It’s worse when two stage a duel.

Mom pardons how their innards sing.
On Christmas Day - much on their tray.
After eating, they really zing.

She tries to impose a gag rule
on internal combustion ping.


Male internal combustion noise,
results from high octane fuel.
To their mother nothing's new, well -

let them debate their inner joys.
On any day - her guys can play,
while they're eating, boys will be boys,

any excuse to play the fool
with internal combustion noise.


Poet's Notes about The Poem

This is an octain refrain, and a kind of pun on the name of the form.

An octain refrain, a form invented by Luke Prater, Dec.2010. Structure - eight lines as two tercets and a couplet, eight syllables per line with the first line repeated as the last (small variations are allowed)
Rhyme - A-b-b, a-c/c-a, b-A. A = repeated refrain line; c/c refers to line five which has mid-line (internal) rhyme. This rhyme should be different from the a and b rhymes. Any extra mid-line rhyme is like a bonus!
A High Octain is simple a double octain refrain...I have written a third just for fun.

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Poem Submitted: Monday, February 24, 2014

Poem Edited: Tuesday, February 25, 2014


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