Poppy pretty

Poetry form lesson

It’s been awhile since I’ve added to my forms. Today dVerse offered a form prompt that I could wrap my mind around. (Face it, sometimes forms are taxing.)

But, I think you can give this one a try without too much sweat.

The Rondelet is a traditional 13th century French form.

It’s a seven-line poem, the refrain which appears as lines 1, 3 and 7 of the poem.

The remaining four lines all consist of eight syllables or four iambs. Line four rhymes with the refrain and then the other lines all rhyme with one another with a rhyme scheme of AbAabbA.

Enjoy mine, then give it a try yourself.



“Poppy pretty”

Red snow clover—
silent stolen rolling comfort.
Red snow clover.
Natural slumber leaf composer
sweet blue-ribboned pathway wonder
whispers to my night’s sleep hunger.
Red snow clover.

By the way, the photo is awesome, isn’t it?
I found it on Stock.xchng.
nd don’t forget to visit dVerse.


29 thoughts on “Poppy pretty

  1. A lovely form, jlynn! Thanks for suggesting it! My effort:

    I searched my heart; forgiveness brought;
    her schemes were poison for my well.
    I searched my heart; forgiveness brought:
    Her lies, dead promises; I fought.
    So drew the water’s magic spell
    for damning holds an empty hell.
    So searched my heart; forgiveness brought.

  2. Your use of internal rhyme is really good. Technically, this is not a traditional rondelet, where lines 2,5 and 6 rhyme with each other, but it’s a beautiful poem nonetheless.

Speak to me of thoughts unspoken.

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