Kyrielle Poetry Challenge – Dreaming Trees

Jane's Painting

I’ve said before I don’t fancy myself as any sort of poet, nor is it a writing form I’ve much explored. However, lately, there have been a few blog challenges that have led me to respond in poetry, rather than prose, and I’ve really enjoyed doing so. The latest one is from Jane Dougherty, and the challenge is to write a kyrielle based on the image above, using the words moonlight, tread, wary, secret and swaying.

If you don’t know (and I didn’t, I had to look it up), a kyrielle is a poem comprised of four line stanzas, where each line has to have eight syllables and the end line is repeated in each verse. There are apparently other forms as well, but this is the one I went with. And here is my effort:

The road runs soft into the night
Bathed bright in silver-gold moonlight
But hold! Be wary where you tread
We know not what might lie ahead

The way is clear, the path is true
A journey set for me and you
To take us far from home and bed
We know not what might lie ahead

Swaying branches, a voice unseen,
Are we awake? Or do we dream?
The stars are bright, the darkness dread
We know not what might lie ahead

A secret lies where daylight meets
The dark of night in sunrise sweet
A shout of light to raise the dead
We know not what might lie ahead

We know not what might lie ahead.


27 thoughts on “Kyrielle Poetry Challenge – Dreaming Trees

    • Thanks, Louise πŸ™‚ I don’t know about that, I just like making rhymes… Still, this was a fun exercise to try, especially as it’s a form of writing I don’t really do. Jane is doing a cascade poem as her next challenge, so I’m going to try that as well.

    • Thanks so much Elissaveta – this was something a bit new for me. I’ve always liked putting rhymes together, but never really thought about poetry, so it’s been fun exploring a different form. Jane has another challenge, a cascade poem, which I’m going to try next πŸ™‚

  1. I’d love to join in Jane’s poetry challenges more. But I am sooooo pants at it. I know you said you don’t see yourself as a poet but damn girl…. you good! πŸ™‚

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