The RISPETTO is an Italian poetry form comprised of two quatrains written in iambic tetrameter built on a rhyme scheme of ababccdd or abababcc. Alternatively, each line could have 11 unmetered syllables and follow either rhyme scheme. The Rispetto is traditionally used to pay respect to a woman, so it seemed an apt choice for Mother’s Day, and my orchid seemed the perfect subject as she is putting forth new buds (again!) before her petals fade. I swear she must have set some kind of record, having “chain-bloomed” five times since her last rest period. Hats off to her, and to all hardworking mothers everywhere.
My orchid is a tearful mother
putting her youngest on the bus
Deep inside, she craves another
to soothe her aching emptiness
an instinct she cannot control,
a tiny bud would make her whole,
she argues with herself and wins
then pollinates, producing twins
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