This is a first for me. I am trying a new form of poem, bought about, invented if you like, by Luke Prater. The prompt was to try to write our own Octain. I had no idea what an Octain was until today, so for those of you who are like myself, here is its definition and structure, as described on One Shot Poetry.
eight lines as two tercets (three-line stanzas) and a couplet, eight syllables per line with the first line repeated (as much as possible) as the last. Meter is iambic or trochaic tetrameter, but fine to just count eight syllables per line for those who prefer that.
(A = repeated refrain line. ‘c/c’ refers to line five having midline (internal) rhyme, which is different to the a- and b-rhymes)
So here is my effort, it’s not right, I am sure of it, but its close, the amount of syllables is probably wrong. If that’s so, please point it out if possible and maybe even suggest a plausible edit. I mind not, I accept all constructive criticism, it’s the way to improvement.
Galloping stallion to battle, speed,
Clashing steel upon shield and armour,
Fighting for King, a Knights honour,
Defiant, this, most noble steed,
Courageous, brave, send to their grave,
Enemies forsaken to bleed.
Thy presence dear friend ‘oft succour,
Galloping stallion from battle, speed.
Well, at least I tried.