As this is for a contest, I'd appreciate any and all constructive criticism and suggestions. Throw it all at me, please!
For the Poetry Litmas 2008, Sensing Winter. I used a ballad as my fixed form.
The lines alternate between iambic tetrameter and iambic trimeter. The second and fourth lines of each stanza rhyme. The first and third lines do not rhyme with each other, but have internal rhyme.
If there's anything wrong with it, please, please give me suggestions on how to improve it!
Note - the person I wrote this to is a metalhead, so maybe that will clear up any confusion about the third stanza. He'd go mad without metal, and detests Christmas music.
Note 2 - Petrichor is "the name of the scent of rain on dry earth." [link]
Note 3 - thanks to =kiwi-damnation
for her edits!