10-line Poem Challenge #7: Decathlon – Cape Gooseberry

Cape Gooseberry

10-line Poem Challenge #7: Decathlon – Cape Gooseberry

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Unusual Berrys

Cape gooseberries, Goldenberries
have been around since the Stone Age
Amour en cage
That’s French meaning “Love in a Cage”
grows in prairies
good dietary fiber content
exotic garnish supplement
use with no rage
lives in a calyx, until it is ripe
Sweet taste, golden color when removed wipe.

The Decathlon was created by Anne Pendleton as a teaching tool or writing exercise. The name comes from the Greek, meaning “contest of ten.”

 Decathlon is a:

  • Decastich is written in one single stanza on any subject.
  • Rhythm: iambic (soft-strong – ̆ ʹ – i.e. per-FORM)
  • Meter: lines 1,2,4,6,7 tetrameter; lines 3,5,8 dimeter; lines 9,10 pentameter (heroic couplet)
  • Rhyme scheme: axbxaccbdd

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