Novelinee Notes

Another cool form

About the Jez of It

Created by Sarah Rayburn, the novelinee is a nine-line stanza form derived from the Spencerian stanza but written in iambic pentameter or decasyllabic lines.

Rhyme Scheme: ababcdcdd


Morning Tea by Jez Farmer

Tea is drunk to forget the din of the world. — T’ien Yiheng

The sparring kids are screaming through the house,
as mother sighs a weary wish for peace,
and casts an eye over her sleeping spouse,
the chores will have to wait for her caprice.
The brassy kettle boils in clouds of steam,
as dried old leaves let their essence fly free,
a china cup awaits her amber dream,
a drop of milk and silence she will see,
the world retreats into a cup of tea

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