The Night Garden, an Ottava Rima Poem




Before the waking of the day– darkness;

Night creatures roam the same garden I weed.

Tiny prints in soft soil– passed in silence;

Carapace discarded — a growing need.

Taunt tendrils pure woven resilience,

Attested arachnid geometry.

Snail silver streaks streaming longitude lines,

Meander as caravan crossing signs.


© Lemuel

25 April, 2018



Ottava Rima Poem

  • Originally an Italian stanza of eight 11-syllable lines
  • Lord Byron adapted it to a 10-syllable line forDon Juan
  • Eight lines iambic pentameter or 10-syllables per line
  • The ottava can stand alone or can make an un-limited poem


NaPoWriMo 2018