Looking for Padden Creek

I went looking for Padden Creek
went looking for its mystery
went listening for it to speak
found it has a secret history.

I learned some maps are wrong:
in places I couldn’t hear its song.
For a stretch the creek’s underground,
buried, but always homeward bound.


Andrew Shattuck McBride
NaPoWriMo 2014 ~ Day 17


This is my second attempt at a rispetto; my first attempt is buried and languishing in my notes.

According to Robert Lee Brewer, the rispetto is an old Italian poetic form in eight lines with a rhyme scheme a/b/a/b/c/c/d/d.

Thanks to my friend and mentor Judy T. for the September 2013 issue of Writer’s Digest which contains a print version of Brewer’s blog post on the rispetto.

Read Brewer’s “Poetic Asides” blog here.

Whatever form your poetry takes, press on with YOUR writing!

About Andrew Shattuck McBride

I am a writer, editor, writing coach, and consultant. I work in a variety of genres, including poetry, short stories, and creative non-fiction. I also have a couple of novels simmering on back burners. THANK YOU to Nan Macy of Village Books for taking this photo (June 2011).
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2 Responses to Looking for Padden Creek

  1. susanissima says:

    Andy, bravo for you. With all due respecto, I do adore your respetto. Thanks, too, for the note on form. Can’t wait to try one!

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