170×170 day 85 24.7.15 half way there!!!

85 24.7.15 rondeau ballad

The boatman rows the wobbly boat
Across the elegant fort’s moat
Muscles in his old arms ripple and play
In rhythm with body his oars sway
Summer sun blaze parches his throat.

His only mean to keep afloat
In tough days his own house boat
To supply food in home tray
The boatman rows.

Sometimes he hears them gloat
Rich men he ferries across moat
How they live how they play
Not a single glance they cast his way
Not a single one tips him stout
The boatman rows.

Rondeau Rules:
The rondeau is a form of verse also used in English language poetry. It makes use of refrains, repeated according to a certain stylized pattern. It was customarily regarded as a challenge to arrange for these refrains to contribute to the meaning of the poem in as succinct and poignant a manner as possible. The rondeau consists of thirteen lines of eight syllables, plus two refrains (which are half lines, each of four syllables), employing, altogether, only three rhymes. It has three stanzas and its rhyme scheme is as follows: (1) A A B B A (2) A A B with refrain: C (3) A A B B A with concluding refrain C. The refrain must be identical with the beginning of the first line.

A sweet fairy girl
Lived in meadow green
Hidden she stayed always
Never was she seen.

Then one day she
Heard a sweet sound
That changed her heart
Turned her world around.

She followed that melody
And soon she met
A beautiful elf and
That meeting changed their fate.

Now they live together
You may even see
them dancing together
right beside the sea.

They played solos well
But when together they
Make the earth dance
And make the heavens sway.

Rules of Ballad: I will request you to explore the rules of ballad yourself. I read quite a handful of them and thought that it’s quite a liberal style of poem with varying size of stanzas and other things. Go ahead and explore them. I have zeroed on two things- telling a story, using four line stanzas with rhyming 2nd+4th line.



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