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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18 thoughts on “170×170 day 85 24.7.15 half way there!!!

      • good to know that. it is always good to ask clearly because I have met so many people in internet who change gender all of a sudden and believe me in my case that means saying goodbye to my friendship! I never lie about my gender, nationality and age except when I used pseudonyms to write for MSN’s reader’s archive. Back then I was employed.

      • well, then let us give each other a name, that is a old tradition of Bengalis, it is obsolete now but friends used to give each other a name and called each other by that name for the rest of their lives!

      • why Pavi? sort of reminds me of my brother’s best buddy (I don’t like any of his friends not a single one) named Pavitra. Not very fond of him for one reason, I don’t know how these co-incidences happen with me again and again, honestly but his voice was like (almost identical) a back stabber friend I had, a cyber friend I communicated with through phone, from Maharashtra, that fellow was so full of poison against me yet wont let go, kept hounding me, not only that keeps calling my brother asking about me and I know that he still hounds in my blogs using fake names. So no please! I will call you Mitr, how about that? its the name of a hindi movie but it means friend in French! I once asked some of my friends what name they will give me and believe me they all came up with sloppy names yuck! guess I am not good with creating images will start looking for an image consultant if my books start selling 😉

      • ohh thats a sad/bad story..
        “Pavi” means humble as well as writer..so I thought it was appropriate..but nope.. that story is shocking..
        Btw, Mitr is nice name…
        thanks ! 🙂

      • it is an ugly side of my life, that I warn my friends about all the time, whenever you can squeeze out some time read the page honeytrap, it says a bit about that part.

        I sort of liked the name mitr, by the way if we add an a after that French word it becomes a Sanskrit word that means exactly the same 🙂 funny, is not it?

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