Jane Dougherty posts regular poetry challenges, using different forms – this week it is a rondelet, and the theme is ‘Summer Storm’.
A rondelet, if you’re unsure (and I was), is a poem of seven lines, where the first, third and seventh line repeat, the second, fifth and sixth lines rhyme, and the fourth line rhymes with one, three and seven. Got that? Also, lines one, three and seven have four beats, whereas the remaining lines have eight. Sounds complex but, once you give it a try, it’s quite a nice simple structure. Here’s my effort:
The air lies warm,
Summer sweat beading your pale skin,
The air lies warm.
Lightning paints lines across your form;
Thunder crashes, heavenly din,
Breeze cool against our heated skin.
The air lies warm.
If you’d like to give the rondelet form a try, head over to Jane’s blog and leave your link in the comments.
Interesting form…very nice!
Thanks, Erich! 🙂
pretty bloody brilliant of you ask me, Helen.
Thanks, Geoff 🙂 Hope you’re enjoying a marvellous Scandinavian summer x
Indeed I am. It is all rather splendid
I love it!
Thanks, Kristin! Hope you’re well xx
Not bad at all, Helen! In fact, it’s rather beautiful❤️
Thank you very much 🙂 I’m enjoying these poetry challenges, as it’s not something I do often. Hope you’re enjoying your summer!
Beautiful words 🙂
Thanks, Heena! 🙂
Thanks, Traci! Happy weekend to you 🙂
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I was not familiar with this form, but I loved this poem! 🙂
Thank you! I wasn’t either, but I think I might try another one or two – once you get the form it’s quite nice to work with 🙂
I love the repeated phrase, ‘The air lies warm’. The words are unusual together, and the rhythm of the repetition is like a chant, meditative and soothing.
Thanks, Louise. I think I can be a little bit odd, the way I put words together, but have accepted it as one of my writing quirks ha ha 🙂 I’m glad you liked the poem – it’s still a relatively new medium for me and I’m enjoying exploring it.