Today, I saw a cenotaph
near where the children played
and there for hours I stayed
and thought I heard the children laugh,
for carved upon a stone
by little hands unknown,
I found a famous autograph.
© Freeda Baker Nichols
From: Tigers and Morning Glories



The Neville Form of Poetry

Choosing Right Words 

I love to hear what poets say—
those bards, they can compose!
So much they tell . . . who knows
just why that blows the mind away!
Although the poets write
with words to bring delight,
sometimes their meaning goes astray.

© 2014 Freeda Baker Nichols

This Neville form is a seven-line poem composed of iambic tetrameter and trimester.
The syllable count per line is 8-6-6-8-6-6-8, and the rhyme scheme is abba, cca.