170×170 day 79 18.7.15

79 18.7.15 Cinqku, kyrielle, gogyohka, pleides

Sultry summer days are too hot
Day and night you wait for rain
But the clouds mercy you not
Oh nature and her wicked ways!

Then the heavens open up gate
And the crystal drops come down
Finally even though bit late.
Oh nature and her wicked ways!

It just keeps pouring and pouring
Soon pleasure becomes real pain
Endless drops without ceasing.
Oh nature and her wicked ways!

You start praying it stops for good
And winter takes over the scene
Pray not to see one more cloud
Oh nature and her wicked ways!

Clouds are replaced by chill
Misty mornings are now seen,
But freezing cold soon ends that thrill
Oh nature and her wicked ways!

A Kyrielle is a French form of rhyming poetry written in quatrains (a stanza consisting of 4 lines), and each quatrain contains a repeating line or phrase as a refrain (usually appearing as the last line of each stanza). Each line within the poem consists of only eight syllables. There is no limit to the amount of stanzas a Kyrielle may have, but three is considered the accepted minimum.

Some popular rhyming schemes for a Kyrielle are: aabB, ccbB, ddbB, with B being the repeated line, or abaB, cbcB, dbdB.

Mixing up the rhyme scheme is possible for an unusual pattern of: axaZ, bxbZ, cxcZ, dxdZ, etc. with Z being the repeated line. The rhyme pattern is completely up to the poet.

Touch can say oh so much!
Totally verbose in
Total silence so
Talkative it can be
Titillating feelings
Tender or full of love
Twitters without tweet.

Poetry Form: Pleiades – This titled form was invented in 1999 by Craig Tigerman, Sol Magazine’s Lead Editor. Only one word is allowed in the title followed by a single seven-line stanza. The first word in each line begins with the same letter as the title. Hortensia Anderson, a popular haiku and tanka poet, added her own requirement of restricting the line length to six syllables.


Dragons for
Hidden treasure
Then you meet leprechaun!

Cinqku Rules: syllable counts- 2,3,4,6,2 surprise or turn in final two lines

Can you promise
Of love true, ardent when
Your words are
Lifeless and cold.

Gogyohka Rules

The form like the Japanese Tanka is five lines long. There are no restrictive syllable counts though lines are supposed to be short and concise and end where the voice naturally breaks. Also other restrictions such as needing to use season words are absent from gogyohka. It is also okay to talk about feelings and other such human matters. Other than five short lines the only other requirement is to use sharp concise images.



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