Reason A. Poteet
Internal Combustion Engines
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.
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Poet's Notes about The Poem
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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