To appease my grumbling muse, I decided to delve into a stanza pattern to write today’s poem. The “Terza Rima” (a poem with interweaving rhyming triplets or tercets) is a form that poets have used for long poems or as a stand alone short 3 line poem. One famous example of Terza Rima with three tercets and a final couplet is Shelley’s of “Ode to the West Wind.” It has a specific rhyme pattern that goes like this: 1,2,1; 2,3,2; 3,4,3;4,5,4 and the couplet uses the rhyme sound from the central line of the preceding triplet, so it goes 5, 5.
Shelley’s poem has five sections, however, and you may want to check it out here.
Below is my poem, “Found by a Future Scientist,” that responds to Napowrimo’s prompt “Have you ever heard someone wonder what future archaeologists, whether human or from alien civilization, will make of us? Today, I’d like to challenge you to answer that question in poetic form, exploring a particular object or place from the point of view of some far-off, future scientist? The object or site of study could be anything from a “World’s Best Grandpa” coffee mug to a Pizza Hut, from a Pokemon poster to a cellphone.”
Found by a Future Scientist
What thing is this,
a pendulum moving to and fro
in perfect rhythm, yet tedious?
The weighted piece—a rod of sorts—must go
ticking, tocking, ticking, tocking torture.
My science sees no purpose in this show.
Back and forth ticking I must endure
as I study this strange artifact.
In this task, my expertise looks amateur.
Yet, after hours, days, months—to be exact,
I warm to this past piece as treasured bric-a-brac.
Jacquelyn Markham (4/20/2023)
2 thoughts on “Day 20 Found by a Future Scientist PAD 2023”
Such a fun solution you found here, Jackie. Love all your creativity! You are 2/3 of the way through!
Thank you, Frances! Wow! I believe I recall a slump about this time of the month last year. It’s a challenge to maintain the momentum. Appreciate the visit!