A Vampire’s Dine

Le Vampire by Philip Burne-Jones (1861-1926)

A strong heart beats in well-tuned ears,
Like quick steps on the cobblestone.
Thin pale lips curl detecting fears,
Beware a monster’s feeding zone.

Blue bulging eyes examine moves,
While silent screams dance on cold graves,
Red hot blood like sweet velvet wine,
As transfused veins are slaked – divine!

Copyright © April 2012 Norma Martiri

Form: Rispetto

The rispetto is a classic Italian form composed of only eight lines in two quatrains. All lines are written in iambic tetrameter, with a rhyme scheme of abab ccdd. The distinguishing characteristic of this form is the change in rhyme scheme from alternate line rhyming in stanza one to rhyming couplets in stanza two.

Written for dVerse Poets Pub, Poetic – Vampires

The Perfect Poet Award – Week 73


23 responses to “A Vampire’s Dine

  1. Very nice. Hadn’t met up with rispetto before. Also nice to find a poet who works in rhyme and metre!

  2. Very cool. Love the tone here, the cobblestones is a great example how one word can indeed set a scene. Very nicely done . I think I’ll have to try this form out one day. Thanks

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