My granddaughter who’s four
ignored my fears,
pierced her small ears,
and I can’t find my voice
to reprimand her more;
her mom, you see,
was twenty-three
before she made that choice.

© Freeda Baker Nichols

This Jaleen form is 8 lines with exact syllable count: 6-4-4-6-6-4-4-6.  It rhymes  a, b, b, c, a, d, d, c. It was the perfect form for me to record an experience with my granddaughter who teased me by sticking some fake earrings on her ear lobes and telling me she had pierced her ears.  It’s always a happy time when an experience like that turns into a poem to keep the memory vivid.

Waiting for Spring

Fall Colors 009The winter grounds are cold.
The grass is gray.
Beneath the hay,
new life is sleeping still
and soon the marigold
will show its head
in flowerbed
beside the daffodil.

c Copyright 2013, Freeda Baker Nichols

Note: The Jaleen pattern is 8 lines with exact syllable count: 6-4-4-6-6-4-4-6. Rhymes a, b, b, c, a, d, d, c.