170×170 day 82 21.7.15

82 21.7.15 rondeau villanelle haiku seven

Gypsy girl says, silver bell rings
in her laughter softly she sings
about her vision of your
future and remedies so sure
of obstacles she will be bringing.

Stars will smile shower blessings
Angels will lend you their wings
If your dreams are true and heart pure
Gypsy girl says.

Future will bring crown of kings
And all pretty glorious things
If you trust and listen to her
to guide you with her power
gypsy girl says.

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.

Together yet so apart
Are men nowadays
Busy mind and heart.

Everyone just playing part
In myriad ways
Together yet so apart.

Eager to handle smart
Life’s tricky plays
Busy mind and heart.

Ever ready to dart
Off to own ways
Together yet so apart.

Lovers nurse aching heart
Unable to swallow always
Busy mind and hearts.

Better master this tricky art
These modern life ways
Together yet so apart
Busy mind and heart.

Rules of Villanelle
A villanelle is an early French form with 19 lines using only 2 rhymes, traditionally broken into 6 verses. It’s kind of obsessive, with lines 1 & 3 repeating alternately, the 4th time as lines 18 & 19 ( 1,6,9,12 are the same line repeated four times & 3, 9, 15 and 19 are the same line repeated four times- the remaining 11 lines of poem rhyme(??) All the examples of villanelle I read in them the remaining 11 lines rhyme 1, 2 with 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11 and so on.)

One traditional form of poetry that can be fun to write, is technically easy compared to the most challenging forms, and often surprises the poet with its twists and discoveries, is the villanelle.
Villanelles have been around for at least three hundred years. Its name derives from the Italian villa, or country house, where noblemen went to refresh themselves, perhaps dally with the locals, and imagine that they were back to nature. It seems to have grown out of native songs, with their frequent refrains and complex rhyming.

Snowflakes swish down
Like ladies in gown
To kiss the green grass.

Rules of Haiku:
5-7-5 syllable counts, write about nature I guess.

Kissing feathers
Intoxicated they fly

Rules of Seven-
1-2-3-1 word/syllable count, create any scene!



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