Free Jazz (ruba’i)


Free Jazz

in the park off Railspur Alley
lion house hogo, dogs and trees
like a drunk around a lamp post
the bass player leans.

This is my first attempt at a ruba’i (dVerse prompt). I have used, as per the form structure, a AABA rhyme scheme, I have used half rhymes because they fit! The first three lines are iambic tetrameter, the last line is shorter because it sounded good to my ear that way.

If you want to learn all about the ruba’i and the rubaiyat Check out Frank Hubeny’s excellent post at dVerse.

This is a rewrite of a poem that was published in ” The Basil O’Flaherty” online magazine.


23 thoughts on “Free Jazz (ruba’i)

  1. robtkistner

    I love the visual you created ith this piece. I could see the bassist leanin’… 🙂 I got inspired by Frank’s rubaiyat thing and posted two – one dark, one light. These were my first two poems written purposefully as rubaiyats. Though I have been writing poetry for over 50 years, so I may have written one or two accidentally over time? Both of mine for this prompt follow Frost’s 8-syllable line format.


  2. petrujviljoen

    What you described actually happened to me one night long ago. After the night out, parked outside my friend’s house, the saxophonist stopped under the lamp post and blew us a story.



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