Flying Lessons

Mother eagle knows it’s time—
Shows him how to fly;
Pushes him from out the nest—
Will he fall and die?
No. For mother swoops beneath,
And she does not tarry.
When he calms his fears and rests
On her wings, she’ll carry,
Through the wind his form sustain,
Start the lesson once again.

Copyright © 2018 Abigail Gronway – All Rights Reserved

Miniature — decastich (10-line) form created by Margaret Ball Dickson
Syllabic Pattern: 7-5-7-5-7-6-7-6-7-7
Rhyme Scheme: xaxaxbxbcc
Rhythm: Trochaic — All lines begin with a stressed syllable. Lines 6 and 8 have feminine endings (unstressed), but all the rest have masculine endings (stressed).
The 5th syllable of line 1 rhymes with the 1st syllable of line 2.


4 Replies to “Flying Lessons”

    1. Thank you. 🙂 Yes, you should. I usually write 4-5 poems for each form, working on it for an entire week or more before it goes live on my blog. If the rules vary, then I try out the different variations. This helps me get more comfortable with the form.


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