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2009 Form Challenges

#6 Catena Rondo

This form is the brainchild of Robin Skelton, academic, writer, poet and anthologist. It is a Quatrain, and the second line forms a rhyming couplet with the third line and is also used as the first and fourth line of the following stanza. Any number of stanzas can be created this way and the final stanza is a repeat of the first. This gives a rhyme scheme of;
A. B. b. A..... B. C. c B. C. D. d. C.finally
F. A. a. F...... A. B. b. A.....

There is no set meter. Here is an abbreviated example

So Misty through the Dream

The sun does shine upon the reeds.
The lake glistens; a twinkling dance;
On the hills, we three entranced.
The sun does shine upon the reeds.

The lake glistens; a twinkling dance.
Under water breathes like air.
We dip our heels, submerged, we dare.
The lake glistens; a twinkling dance.

Under water breathes like air.
A silvery light consumes the sun.
Deeper down, search we as one.
Under water breathes like air.

Cont till

We three stretch legs upon the lands.
The sun is shining on the reeds.
Up through the silvery lake of seeds
We three stretch legs upon the lands.

The sun does shine upon the reeds.
The lake glistens; a twinkling dance;
On the hills, we three entranced.
The sun does shine upon the reeds.

Moss Macan Ghoill

The complete poem

Some people mistakenly think that this form cannot support shorter forms and that it is only suited to poems over 5 stanza in length. It is because this form encourages longer poems simply because it encourages and makes longer poetry pleasurable. That is not to say that the poet cannot write shorter poems. The minimum of course must have a statement, a link and a closure, that is three stanza. Here is an example:

When Clouds Cry

When clouds cry it's not because they're sad
Rather it is because they are content
That most lovers have the right intent
When clouds cry it's not because they're sad

Rather it is because they are content
When clouds cry it's not because they're sad
Seeing lovers they realise things aren't bad
Rather it is because they are content

When clouds cry it's not because they're sad
Rather it is because they are content
That most lovers have the right intent
When clouds cry it's not because they're sad

Ryter Roethicle



Cateno Rondo Challenge Replies

Maryse Achong

Special

Divena Collins

The Divinity Of Music
A Haunting Melody
The Poetess

Jem Farmer

On Butterfly Wings
Sapphic Lyre

Moss Macan Ghoill

So Misty through the Dream

Ryter Roethicle

Eternal Fire
Hell Remains
Just a Wraith
Love in Mind
Nocturnal Loss

Nia Wynne

Crashing
Don't Know Love
It's Elemental



Maryse Achong

Special

My Mum turned ninety recently
I thank God for her every day,
How much, mere words could never say
My Mum turned ninety recently.

I thank God for her every day,
A blessing to us all we know,
Small wonder that we love her so;
I thank God for her every day.

A blessing to us all we know,
A loving daughter, mother, wife,
And God has granted her long life,
A blessing to us all we know.

A loving daughter, mother, wife,
All of these things and even more,
My confidante, my counsellor,
A loving daughter, mother, wife.

She's all these things and even more
My Mum turned ninety recently
Her smiling face a joy to see
She's all these things and even more.

My Mum turned ninety recently
I thank God for her every day
How much, mere words could never say
My Mum turned ninety recently.

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Divena Collins

The Divinity Of Music

Musical symphony`s, play in the breeze,
sweet orchestral notes, float gently by
sentimental music,which breathes a sigh
Musical symphony`s, play in the breeze.

Sweet orchestral notes, float gently by,
a melody rustles thro` dancing leaves,
thro`quavering boughs, of ancient trees
Sweet orchestral notes, float gently by.

A melody rustles, thro` dancing leaves,
an empathy of romance, and harmony,
when angelic voices sing a rhapsody
A melody rustles, thro`dancing leaves.

An empathy of romance and harmony
express emotions through music divine,
nature and melody, together combine
An empathy of romance, and harmony,

Express emotions through music divine,
musical symphony`s play in the breeze,
a haunting aria,the senses to please,
Express emotions through music divine.

Musical symphony`s, play in the breeze
sweet orchestral notes, float gently by
sentimental music,which breathes a sigh
Musical symphony`s, play in the breeze.

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A Haunting Melody

The orchestra plays sweet refrains
as we melt in each others arms,
rapturous feeling,magical charms
The orchestra plays sweet refrains

As we melt in each others arms
soft notes for a new romance
sensuously felt when we dance,
As we melt in each others arms

Soft notes for a new romance
expressions show deep inside
mirrored in both of our eyes
Soft notes for a new romance

Expressions show deep inside
we dance much closer together
lovers to remain there forever
Expressions show deep inside

We dance much closer together,
the orchestra plays sweet refrains
secure in your arms once again
We dance much closer together.

The orchestra plays sweet refrains
as we melt in each others arms,
rapturous feelings,magical charms
The orchestra plays sweet refrains.

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The Poetess

With Quill and parchment at hand.
as she sits by her desk, day and night
searching for rhymes that are right
With Quill and parchment at hand.

She sits by her desk, day and night
with observed meditation, and muse,
finding words, to enlighten her fuse
She sits by her desk, day and night.

With observed meditation,and muse.
when she writes of beauty, and pain
natural sun light, and forest rain
With observed meditation, and muse.

When she writes of beauty and pain,
eager,and blissful with passion,
warming to poetic compassion
When she writes of beauty, and pain.

Eager, and blissful,with passion
with Quill and parchment at hand,
until she meets, her final demand,
Eager and blissful, with passion.

With Quill and parchment at hand,
she sits by her desk day and night
searching for rhymes that are right
With Quill and parchment at hand.

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Jem Farmer

On Butterfly Wings

The air is like a butterfly
when fragile wings gather the spring
in rays of love from the Sun King.
The air is like a butterfly.

When fragile wings gather the spring
amid the soft pink cherry trees
that sway in the warm April breeze.
The fragile wings that gather spring.

Amid the soft pink cherry trees
our love blossoms before our eyes
as we walk beneath azure skies.
Amid the soft pink cherry trees.

Our love blossoms before our eyes
as we unite in dreams unsung
joyful laughter like church bells rung.
Our love blossoms before our eyes.

As we unite in dreams unsung
the air is like a butterfly
so we dance among the wild rye.
As we unite in dreams unsung.

The air is like a butterfly
when fragile wings gather the spring
in rays of love from the Sun King.
The air is like a butterfly.

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Sapphic Lyre

The valley echoed all she said tonight
Soft whispered words we rolled beneath the sky
My love and I before dawn came on by
The valley echoed all she said tonight

Soft whispered words we rolled beneath the sky
That hold us near yet leave no teasing trace
Each word replayed inside my heart's embrace
Soft whispered words we rolled beneath the sky

That hold us near yet leave no teasing trace
As desire's touch upon the velvet mound
And love she pulled me to the valley's ground
That hold us near yet leave no teasing trace

As desire's touch upon the velvet mound
In sighing song that recalls Sapphic lyre
Our hearts are thumping like a cannon's fire
As desire's touch upon the velvet mound

In sighing song that recalls Sapphic lyre
The valley echoed all she said tonight
As passion flowers beneath the starlight
In sighing song that recalls Sapphic lyre

The valley echoed all she said tonight
Soft whispered words we rolled beneath the sky
My love and I before dawn came on by
The valley echoed all she said tonight

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Moss Macan Ghoill

So Misty through the Dream

The sun does shine upon the reeds.
The lake glistens; a twinkling dance;
On the hills, we three entranced.
The sun does shine upon the reeds.

The lake glistens; a twinkling dance.
Under water breathes like air.
We dip our heels, submerged, we dare.
The lake glistens; a twinkling dance.

Under water breathes like air.
A silvery light consumes the sun.
Deeper down, search we as one.
Under water breathes like air.

A silvery light consumes the sun.
A cottage calls from another shore;
The dark inside, yawns from the door.
A silvery light consumes the sun.

A cottage calls from another shore.
Where is Seamus? We come poking-
Through the rafters smoke is choking.
A cottage calls from another shore.

Where is Seamus? We come poking-
Woman shrouds us with her stare
As she steps to here from there.
Where is Seamus? We come poking-

Woman shrouds us with her stare.
No words are spoken with her talk,
"'Round the back, where shore meets loch."
Woman shrouds us with her stare.

No words are spoken with her talk.
Through the door, again we flow.
Did she expect us? Did she know?
No words are spoken with her talk.

Through the door, again we flow;
On the rock, the old man spies.
His bearded portal not surprised,
Through the door, again we flow.

On the rock, the old man spies.
We blink for morsels from the deep-
He sweeps his hand without a peep.
On the rock the old man spies.

We blink for morsels from the deep-
"To that boat on yonder moor,
There we stand at vision's door."
We blink for morsels from the deep-

To that boat on yonder moor,
There's a gift for us in hand;
A gift from him to our three hearts and
To that boat on yonder moor.

There's a gift for us in hand;
Rope with no start and no result;
As round as sunshine, without fault.
There's a gift for us in hand.

Rope with no start and no result.
We equal four, we grasp this ring-
A round abyss between us clings.
Rope with no start and no result.

We equal four, we grasp this ring.
The boat's adrift with vaporous girth;
We see below another earth!
We equal four, we grasp this ring.

The boat's adrift with vaporous girth.
What's this? So misty through the dream-
We fly above this patchwork scheme!
The boat's adrift with vaporous girth.

What's this? So misty through the dream.
The sky below with clouds and hence
What's up is down. It makes no sense!
What's this? So misty through the dream.

The sky below with clouds and hence
The old man smiles, three more mixed up!
This, perhaps, may be enough!
The sky below with clouds and hence

The old man smiles, three more mixed up.
At water's edge we dock and then
Our time with him is at an end.
The old man smiles, three more mixed up.

At water's edge, we dock and then
We three stretch legs upon the lands,
Back up the hills to familiar stands.
At water's edge, we dock and then

We three stretch legs upon the lands.
The sun is shining on the reeds.
Up through the silvery lake of seeds
We three stretch legs upon the lands.

The sun does shine upon the reeds.
The lake glistens; a twinkling dance;
On the hills, we three entranced.
The sun does shine upon the reeds.

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Ryter Roethicle

Eternal Fire

That fire we made last night I see still glows
Although for a little while we must part
What we did last night was only a start
That fire we made last night I see still glows.

Although for a little while we must part
The embers caused an ever burning flame
To weld our souls together in life's game
Although for a little while we must part.

The embers caused an ever burning flame
Promises made, a kiss and an eternal vow
That fire we made the Gods now know
The embers caused an ever burning flame.

Promises made, a kiss and an eternal vow
Just stir the coals and add the fuel and see
The flames will leap from love of thee and me.
Promises made, a kiss and an eternal vow

Just stir the coals and add the fuel and see
That fire we made last night I see still glows
How much I love thee only heaven knows.
Just stir the coals and add the fuel and see

That fire we made last night I see still glows
Although for a little while we must part
What we did last night was only a start
That fire we made last night I see still glows.

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Hell Remains

The morning landscape welcomes everyone
As the stars move on no longer on this stage
The rising sun opens her diary to a new page
The morning landscape welcomes everyone

As the stars move on no longer on this stage
The golden glare diminishes as the sun arises
And blue cloudless skies promise no surprises
As the stars move on no longer on this stage

The golden glare diminishes as the sun arises
There is still no promises of needed rain
With radio stating how little water remains
The golden glare diminishes as the sun arises

There is still no promises of needed rain
The morning landscape welcomes everyone
We wonder how long before its all gone
There is still no promises of needed rain

The morning landscape welcomes everyone
As the stars move on no longer on this stage
The rising sun opens her diary to a new page
The morning landscape welcomes everyone

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Just a Wraith at Midnight

I saw you at midnight, neath a starry sky
Are you a wraith, still bound to Earth
Or just a soul awaiting your rebirth
I saw you at midnight, neath a starry sky.

Are you a wraith, still bound to Earth
Wandering along mossy paths each night
Gathering lovers with each spectral sight
Are you a wraith, still bound to Earth?

Wandering along mossy paths each night
Figure outlined through a white silken dress
Making each male witness, wish to possess
Wandering along mossy paths each night

Figure outlined through a white silken dress
I saw you at midnight, neath a starry sky
Forever wishing to draw you nigh.
Figure outlined through a white silken dress.

I saw you at midnight, neath a starry sky
Are you a wraith, still bound to Earth
Or just a soul awaiting your rebirth
I saw you at midnight, neath a starry sky.

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Love in Mind

Without love in mind there aren't as many stars
Even the moon's shine is no way as bright
And there's no warmth on any season's night
Without love in mind there aren't as many stars.

Even the moon's shine is no way as bright
Dreams are no longer welcome friends
Welcomes are only when a slumber ends
Even the moon's shine is no way as bright.

Dreams are no longer welcome friends
Each night is merely just a tolerance of life
Or is it just a passive avoidance of strife
Dreams are no longer welcome friends

Each night is merely just a tolerance of life
An Indian restaurant where the food is bland
With garlic naan that tastes just like sand
Each night is merely just a tolerance of life

An Indian restaurant where the food is bland
Without love in mind there aren't as many stars
And romantic places as barren as Mars.
An Indian restaurant where the food is bland

Without love in mind there aren't as many stars
Even the moon's shine is no way as bright
And there's no warmth on any season's night
Without love in mind there aren't as many stars.

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Nocturnal Loss

The moon is being devoured by a heavenly mouse
See her now, no longer round and in all her glory
Each morn see her more wan, what is her story
The moon is being devoured by a heavenly mouse.

See her now, no longer round and in all her glory
The morning sun cannot hide her wounded face
She cannot look now and see lovers embrace
See her now, no longer round and in all her glory.

The morning sun cannot hide her wounded face
Ravages of that mouse remove more each night
Each morn displays a more diminished sight
The morning sun cannot hide her wounded face.

Ravages of that mouse remove more each night
All too soon stars will be all that's left
Then we poor mortals will be bereft
Ravages of that mouse remove more each night

All too soon stars will be all that's left
The moon is being devoured by a heavenly mouse
And the sun will lose his nocturnal spouse
All too soon stars will be all that's left

The moon is being devoured by a heavenly mouse
See her now, no longer round and in all her glory
Each morn see her more wan, what is her story
The moon is being devoured by a heavenly mouse.

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Nia Wynne

Crashing

The sun no longer slowly sinks to shore
But somberly sighs it's last goodbye's,
Fleet foot fast it goes down below skies,
The sun no longer slowly sinks to shore.

But soberly sighs it's last goodbye's,
Cast aside by the utter gloom of moon
Whose romance was ruined much much too soon,
And somberly sighs it's last goodbye's.

Cast aside by the utter gloom of moon,
Now bereft, flickering last flames die black
Into a cauldron seething with alack,
Cast aside by the utter gloom of moon.

Now bereft, flickering last flames die black,
The sun no longer slowly sinks to shore
Knowing that life can never give amore,
Now bereft, flickering last flames die black.

The sun no longer slowly sinks to shore
But somberly sighs it's last goodbye's,
Fleet foot fast it goes down below skies,
The sun no longer slowly sinks to shore.

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Don't Know Love

Don't Know that feeling that most have,
At some time it did exist, true
But so few have passed this way through,
Don't know that feeling most have.

At some time it did exist true,
Spell of love's fascination
Was merely infatuation,
At some time it did exist, true.

Spell of love's fascination
Once beheld a glass image
Not unlike verdant camouflage,
Spell of love's fascination.

Once beheld a glass image
Don't know that feeling that most have,
Without love there's no life to live,
Once beheld a glass image.

Don't know that feeling that most have,
At some time it did exist, true
But so few have passed this way through,
Don't know that feeling most have.

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It's Elemental

My dear, it's elemental, you and I,
The way my river meets your salty sea
And by this way you've come to let me see
My dear, it's elemental, you and I.

The way my river meets your salty sea
Reminds me of gems buried deep in earth,
For they can be found to carry loves worth,
The way my river meets your salty sea.

Reminds me of gems buried deep in earth,
Priceless diamonds beckon from night skies breath
As you would whisper vows as we walk our path,
Reminds me of gems buried deep in earth.

Priceless diamonds beckon from night skies breath
My dear, it's elemental, you and I,
Your voice breathes life to desires sigh,
Priceless diamonds beckon from night skies breath

My dear, it's elemental, you and I,
The way my river meets your salty sea
And by this way you've come to let me see
My dear, it's elemental, you and I.

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