In The Bayou Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis


Lazy and slow through the snags and treesA
Move the sluggish currents half asleepB
Around and between the cypress kneesA
Like black slow snakes the dark tides creepB
How deep is the bayou beneath the treesA
Knee deepB
Knee deepB
Knee deepB
Knee deepB
Croaks the big bullfrog of Reelfoot LakeC
From his hiding place in the draggled brakeC
What is the secret the slim reeds knowD
That makes them to shake and to shiver soD
And the scared flags quiver from plume to footE
The frogs pipe solemnly deep and slowD
Look underF
the rootG
Look underF
the rootG
The hoarse frog croaks and the stark owl hootsH
Of a mystery moored in the cypress rootsH
Was it love turned hate Was it friend turned foeD
Only the frogs and the gray owl knowD
For the white moon shrouded her face in a mistI
At the spurt of a pistol red and brightJ
At the sound of a shriek that stabbed the nightJ
And the little reeds were frightened and whistJ
But always the eddies whimper and chokeK
And the frogs would tell if they could for theyL
Deep deepB
Death deepB
Deep deepB
Death deepB
And the dark tide slides and glisters and glidesM
Snakelike over the secret it hidesM

Don Marquis


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