The Man in Red Silk

by Kerrie Ann Salsac

Christmas Poem: Challenge

The Man in Red Silk

Shush, the hour is late and it’s time for bed.

I’ll tuck you in, plant a kiss on your head.

Once again, you protest, and beg to wait,

to see the old man in the big red coat,

but settle for cookies left with a note.

Down the stairs I creep, gifts at the ready,

but then I stop, someone’s here already.

In shock and confusion, I hesitate.

Smiling, he brushes the crumbs from his beard,

winks at me, and then he has disappeared.

The gifts, the eaten cookies, the drank milk?

All of these years, have I really been wrong?

Were the children in the right all along?

A clue on the floor? A shred of red silk…

***

The Twelve Sonnets of Christmas

Day # 12

Roasarian Sonnet 

This form is a poet’s delight as firstly it uses couplets. These are always a favourite with poets, and then it uses a link for those who like the use of refrains or French poetry.

Its creator Bruce Henderson, sets up the situation using two Quintains, the centre lines linking stanzas. This gives a rhyme scheme of: a. a. b. c. c. …. d. d. b. e. e. 

The final quatrain which contains the closure or counter statement gives a choice of linking, and using couplets an envelope. The forms creator chose an envelope form as the closure: f. g. g. f.  

You can find the other Sonnets of Christmas here on Poet’s Corner by my archive or you can visit my blog.

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