Eighteen lines consisting of three 6-line stanza sections.
Stanza feet: 5-5-3-5-5-3.
Mostly rhymed – but rhyme is free and erratic and improvised.
MERMAID WARS (pirate dream song) Even in my dreams, she was there. Gilded, glittering. Cinnamon toast skin, apple lips, sweet songs, dazzle smile. All the sailors stopped drinking, stopped talking, stopped to stare. She even had a halo hanging over her. Too perfect. She was no angel. But no one knew that. Except me. No one would have cared. They just wanted to stare. Me too. And that’s when I knew. Battle one? Done. War? Just begun. ...