challenge: "write a poem in terza rima. This form was invented by Dante, and used in The Divine Comedy
. It consists of three-line stanzas, with a “chained” rhyme scheme. The first stanza is ABA, the second is BCB, the third is CDC, and so on. No particular meter is necessary, but English poets have tended to default to iambic pentameter (iambic pentameter is like the Microsoft Windows of English poetry). One common way of ending a terza rima poem is with a single line standing on its own, rhyming with the middle line of the preceding three-line stanza."
And the Beat Goes On
A friend is lost, a new one born.
I want to pause, but Life goes on.
Some time to laugh, some time to mourn.
My secret defense relies upon,
An unrequited interest,
In all things living and all things gone,
And souls that touch before they rest.
Sleep's respite leaves time alone.
So waking finds me newly blessed.