“This is really happening”—turn and dash
Then came the crash
“What on earth was on her mind?” Through the light
Caused such a fright
Slammed the brakes and pressed them hard—car destroyed
Still alive, and conscious still—but the pain
The mounting pain!
Though healing will be long, yet I foretell
All will be well.
And yes, this is a true story. A little over two weeks ago my daughter and I were in a car accident when a young woman made a left turn in front of us while we had the right of way. I slammed on the brakes but could not avoid a collision. Our car was totaled and hers damaged, but all of us left with only minor injuries. Nevertheless, I’m in a lot of pain, and they say it could take a couple months for my injuries to heal. My daughter is okay now, and I don’t know about the other driver, but I hope she’s okay too.
Copyright © 2018 Abigail Gronway – All Rights Reserved
Five couplets, usually in iambic tetrameter or pentameter.
This one is written with split couplets, (alternating lines of 10 and 4 syllables).
Rhyme scheme: aabbccddee
The rhythm is complex in this one, as I focused more on syllabic count than on rhythm. I ended up with trochaic rhythm on the odd lines and iambic rhythm on the even lines. Line 9 is an exception to this, as it too is iambic and part of the denouement.