Fond Memories

Starting this week, Wednesday is poetry writing day in the Malaysian Writers FB page. The word prompt for today is ‘photograph’. So, I wrote a piece on nostalgia and family, since we are celebrating Mother’s Day in May and Father’s Day in June.

Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

Fond Memories

Collated in faded dusty albums
Countless fond memories of days past
Photographs of us, dad and mum

Thick album pages, made to last
Images of family for years beyond
Hold them safe and fast

Showing kindred spirits; ties and bonds
Yellowing photos in yellowing pages
For gazing, with recollections fond

From thence we grew through the ages
As our parents grew old and grey
The passage of time winds through its pages

Blood flows thicker than water, day by day
Forget not this saying, come what may


Khor Hui Min
13 May 2015

Poetic style

This poem was written in the style of a terza rima – an Italian form of poetry first used by Dante Alighieri.

A terza rima consists of stanzas of three lines (or tercets). It follows an interlocking rhyming scheme, or chain rhyme – the middle of each stanza rhymes with the first and last line of the following stanza. However, there is no set length to this form, as long as it follows the pattern as follows:

ABA
BCB
CDC
DED

The last stanza will be a couplet rhyming with the middle line of the previous stanza. In this case, EE.

So here is my poem again with the rhyming scheme shown:

Fond Memories

(A) Collated in faded dusty albums
(B) Countless fond memories of days past
(A) Photographs of us, dad and mum

(B) Thick album pages, made to last
(C) Images of family for years beyond
(B) Hold them safe and fast

(C) Showing kindred spirits; ties and bonds
(D) Yellowing photos in yellowing pages
(C) For gazing, with recollections fond

(D) From thence we grew through the ages
(E) As our parents grew old and grey
(D) The passage of time winds through its pages

(E) Blood flows thicker than water, day by day
(E) Forget not this saying, come what may

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About khorhmin

Khor Hui Min thinks of life as a continuous learning process and believes in a healthy balance in work and life. She is a freelance writer, who is active in publishing poems and short stories. She moonlights as a facepainter for the Malaysian Nature Society, and also enjoys creating and carving pottery. She has a Bachelor of Computer Science and Master of Science (Environmental Science). You can read more of her writing at https://projectprose.wordpress.com/ and https://huiminskitchen.wordpress.com/
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3 Responses to Fond Memories

  1. marjma2014 says:

    I’ve never heard of a terza rima before, I must confess I’m pretty clueless about poetry, so thanks for enlightening me. 🙂

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