This is a hard form so. . . just so you know, it has to be in five stressed syllables to a line (iambic pentameter) . It has to have 14 lines, the last 2 being a couplet that sums things up and the other lines have to be three four-line sections . The first 4lines set out the theme, second four lines expand and third four lines bring in an objection or problem. Oh, the rhymes have to go like this:abab. cdcd. efef. And then the end couplet gg. Got it? Good! Of course mine is about the garden and. A bit of a fight I had with a guy about noise yesterday. Only I couldn’t think of a rhyme for “heat pump”.
I sit beneath the shade of early leaves
A bower in my garden on the lane
The coloured blossoms and the sweet scent weaves
A spell that keeps me bound, for here I reign.
Enclosed and claimed as mine. Here I am queen
The life of each dear flower gives me grace
You may not criticize or intervene
But, take a glass of wine -or an embrace.
But nothing is eternal, that I know
Heaven at siege, the war is well begun.
The city’s press, a neighbor’s radio
A little more and beauty is undone.
The little English garden, love it as I do
So it can stand each year and bloom anew.