Romance Poetry posted June 29, 2020


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Potlatch - Retourne

I Need You Here

by Sandra du Plessis


I need you here right by my side
each day that goes by my heart cries;
because you are who I desire
I hope you hear my call to come.

Each day that goes by my heart cries
your voice is kind your eyes are soft;
our love has grown the last few years
in trust, we know we can depend.

Because you are who I desire
I seek for years to find your soul;
my life was empty now you're near
to share my life forevermore.

I hope you hear my call to come
it feels like time was standing still;
we still have years together now
the troubles from the past are gone.



Like so many other French forms, the Retourne is all about repetition.
It contains:

four quatrains and
each line has eight syllables--(16 lines, 8/8/8/8)
Meter--tetrameter

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The trick is that

***the FIRST stanza's SECOND line must also be the SECOND stanza's FIRST line,

***the FIRST stanza's THIRD line is the THIRD stanza's FIRST,

***and the FIRST stanza's FOURTH line is the FOURTH stanza's FIRST.

***Retourne do not have to rhyme. (rhyme optional)

Club entry for the "Retourne--week of 6-26-2020" event in "Potlatch Poetry".  Locate a writing club.
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