Light on Time aka The Alligator Bride

Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana.
Groucho Marx

All along the darkness crept
Ravenously devouring the day spent
On and on the carnage swept
Ceaseless, nay a foot ill went
Ravenously devouring the day spent


Referring to a time of day, complete darkness occurs when the Sun is more than 18° below the horizon, without the effects of twilight on the night sky.

By the bayou at midnight
My blood ran cold hearing the guttural wail
Then I saw in the swamp light
Dad mounting a gator tail
My blood ran cold hearing the guttural wail


Mexican mayor marries ALLIGATOR: Here

I have found a solution
And no longer am I to die an old man
A simple resolution
By killing time when I can
And no longer am I to die an old man


The Lira:

A shortened variation of the Canción.  The quintain stanzaic form was the most popular form of the Lira in 16th century Spain.

The Lira is:
stanzaic: popularly written in one or a short number of cinquains;
syllabic: the lines are usually in a fixed pattern of Italianate lines, (7 and 11 syllables). The last line of the stanza is always 11 syllables. The first stanza establishes the fixed pattern;
often written with L2 repeated as L5;
rhymed, often using only consonant rhyme. The most common rhyme scheme is aBabB.


Weekly Theme:
Poetry Forms


16 thoughts on “Light on Time aka The Alligator Bride

  1. Thank you for this poetic form. I always learn so much from you. The first lira reminded me of what happened to me about three weeks ago when I hurt my foot and couldn’t walk for a few days. Really set me behind. I’m better now. So I love the line “nay a foot ill went”. Can very much relate. 🙂

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