After a comment from a new Aussie friend, Norma Martiri, I paid a visit to her blog, http://normamartiri.wordpress.com/2011/08/19/1580/. Her latest poetry post was a delightfully dark rispetto.
I wasn’t familiar with the form, but the description in her notes helped. A rispetto is a two stanza Italian poem, originally used to show respect (rispetto) to one’s love. It is usually written in iambic tetrameter and has a A-B-A-B, C-C-D-D rhyming scheme. With my love of rhyme and meter, it looks to be short, sweet and lots of fun.
by Mike Patrick
With training wings, you fell into
my waiting arms. An angel born
to fill my heart, and love subdue–
such beauty to my life adorn.
May heaven never realize
their missing star now fills my eyes
and lights the start of my new day
with kisses from so far away.