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2010 Poetry Form Challenge

#05 Rondel



Another beautiful but neglected poetry form having lost its popularity to others with the passage of fashions. Basically its a 13 line poem which forms around two rhymes. There is a refrain, which is set up by the first two lines of the first stanza.
The rhyme pattern is:
A. B. a. b. and
a. b. A. B. for the first two stanzas and a quintain for the final stanza that mirrors the first two stanzas, with the last line repeating the first line of the first stanza: a. b. b. a. A.

The meter is open but like most French poetry, usually of eight syllables and this is one of the forms that in its purest form does not repeat any of the rhyme words.

As a variation the second line may be added to the last stanza to make it a Rondel Prime or a French Sonnet. Doing this also allows a variation in the rhyme pattern, so there can be:
a. b. b. a. A. B., or a. b. a. b. A. B. as required.

The Rondel

With just thirteen lines and two rhymes.
The first two lines -- the first stanza --
Form a refrain and the central rhymes.
(Hint: simple like Tony Danza!)

A few choice words of better times
Beauty, love, the fruits of Kwanzaa
With just thirteen lines and two rhymes.
The first two lines, the first stanza,

Form the refrain the poem's Chimes;
BUT! Quintain reigns the last stanza
Like Juan Bautista de Anza,
So you extract its basic primes
With just thirteen lines and two rhymes.

Rev. Armitage Shankz (ver 36.0.17)


Rondel Challenge Replies

Gloria Carpenter

Guiding Flight
I repeat
My time
Never have I known

Divena Collins

Canis Lupis
Hugs For Australian War Heroes
Perfect Place
Leprechaun of Erin
Oh My Lover
Perfect Place
Ravens Prophesy
There Will Be No Tears
Tribal Plea

Jem Farmer

Beneath the moon

Doreen Harris

Colliding Ships

Kevin McKinney

Colorfast
Tender Tender

Ryter Roethicle

City of Angels
Do I Know
In The Darkness
Je Sais
Non Vederemo Mai
Not So Hard
Profile of Destiny
Quantum Love
Sounds Familiar
Tellemen Pour Faire

Leny Roovers

Fear
In Times Unknown
Moonlight

Nia Wynne

Leprechaun Dance
Say Yes



Gloria Carpenter

Guiding Flight

Oh, show me how you learned to glide
in raised relief, enhanced with light,
unruffled by the surging tide,
serenity within your sight.

I see your canvas opened wide,
soft traces etched by wings of white.
Oh, show me how you learned to glide
in raised relief, enhanced with light.

It is my wish to fly beside,
to share your vision from such height.
I look to you to be my guide,
a fledgling on a virgin flight.
Oh, show me how you learned to glide
in raised relief, enhanced with light.


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I repeat

Redundantly excessive, I repeat
So difficult to simplify a thought
Superfluous, unnecessary feet
In verbiage expressed when overwrought

Such overstated views seem incomplete
Exaggerated intellect spouts naught
Redundantly excessive, I repeat
So difficult to simplify a thought

In jargon specialized for sects elite
Like esoteric theories often taught
Forgotten states of mind become distraught
Hypothesizing abstracts oft concrete
Redundantly excessive, I repeat


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My time

My time goes fast when searching , Iíll explain..
I love to learn ~ it stimulates my mind.
Selected poems of yours bestir my brain.
They send it off to see what it can find.

Each link joins in a never-ending chain
to hold me here, as if I was confined.
My time goes fast when searching, Iíll explain..
I love to learn ~ it stimulates my mind.

And yet it is my choice, for I remain
discovering such wonders intertwined.
It is a journey far from the mundane.
So, Tezza ;) , thanks, Iíll say it once again ~
My time goes fast when searching , Iíll explain..
I love to learn ~ it stimulates my mind.


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Never have I known

Iíve heard it tell that, truly, love exists,
but never have I known a lover true.
I listen to the songs and reminisce,
yet, memories just take me back to you.

So strange how truth was hidden and dismissed.
Through all those years, I never really knew.
Iíve heard it tell that, truly, love exists,
but never have I known a lover true.

I sometimes wonder, was it in your kiss?
It tasted sweet ~ a sugarcoating, too?
Your twinkling eyes betrayed their shady view;
I fell beneath their spell in dreams of bliss.
Iíve heard it tell that, truly, love exists,
but never have I known a lover true.


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Divena Collins

Canis Lupis

Thy senses show I shalt respect thee
This bonding of spirits we doth share
Oh spirit of the wolf thou art with me
Thro`troubled times I feel you there.

I shalt run with thee wild and free
For eyes see thro`and know I care,
Thy senses show I shalt respect thee,
This bonding of spirits we doth share.

Thy amber eyes shalt e-er foresee
A spirits guidance within their stare,
Deep loyalty none can e-er compare,
A mutual harmony shalt forever be
Thy senses show I shalt respect thee.



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Hugs For Australian War Hero`s

They need a hug for all they are.
Contact is comfort to the soul,
By way of helping, to be on par
To make a wounded man whole.

When they hurt, it`s so bizarre
To find an end to their goal,
They need a hug for all they are,
Contact is comfort to the soul.

Reassured hugs blessed by far,
A gesture needed to console,
Gifted practice, of self control
For peace wont hide the scar
They need a hug for all they are.



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Leprechaun Of Erin

The Leprechaun King of the fae
A most mischievous little green man
The joy of Erins Saint Patrick day
And the pride of old Irelands clan.

He plays the fiddle, and jigs all day
Drinks more poteen than he can,
The Leprechaun King of the fae
A most mischievous little green man.

His pot of gold is hidden away
He`s the richest in all the land
Luck is a shamrock in his hand
This little green man is they say
The Leprechaun King of the fae.



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Little Princess Of Spring

As fresh as the daffodils that bloom in Spring
Prettiest little Princess that I have ever seen,
Playing in the meadows she bursts out to sing
Spreads a little sunshine over fields of green.

Smiles at the tree tops to birds on the wing
Peeps thro` tall blades to find a fairy queen
As fresh as the daffodils that bloom in Spring,
Prettiest little Princess that I have ever seen.

Deep in her heart she is kind enough to bring
Love and affection where ever she has been
Adorable and sweet with nothing in between
This make believe faerie, within a faerie ring
As fresh as the daffodils that bloom in Spring.



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Oh My Lover

Oh my Lover come hold me tonight
For I need thy arms around me
Hast been here alone in my plight
I hath love in my heart for thee.

The moon tonight shall be bright
`neath boughs of the oaken tree
Oh my lover come hold me tonight
For I need thy arms around me.

If I be thy lady, and thee my knight
Let thy flames of love burn free
And together we both shalt see
That this love together feels right
Oh my lover come hold me tonight.



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A Perfect Place

The perfect place I could be
Away from the City and town,
In a cottage built just for me
Alone with natures surround.

Wildlife nearby for company
To rest by the rivers sound,
The perfect place I could be
Away from the City and town

To sing with birds in the tree,
Nowhere is out of bounds,
My new life blissfully found
At one with myself and free.
The perfect place I could be.



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Ravens Prophecy

Death comes to all quoth the Raven in flight,
Now his shadow doth darken the castle wall,
Where a witch was imprisoned many a night
There awaiting her trial within the great hall.

Accusations and anger, added to her plight,
Concoctions had been brewed for them all.
This Raven had warned of mythical insights
Now his shadow doth darken the castle wall.

The Reaper stood by hot flames so bright.
Where her courage and beauty did enthral
Beckoning her towards him, for his final call,
Her shrilling screams were heard until light
Death comes to all quoth the Raven in flight.



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There Will Be No Tears

No tears of sadness when I`m gone,
No thoughts of sorrow nor grief
For I was one the sun shone on
When love from thee bequeath.

Celebrate with a dance and song
Without flowers for me or wreath
No tears of sadness when I`m gone,
No thoughts of sorrow nor of grief.

For I shalt not be gone for long
My spirits arise from the heath
Floating up to the sky as a leaf,
Only for you my heart doth belong
No tears of sadness when I`m gone.



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Tribal Plea

I pray Oh wise one, come hear me ,
Hear our tribe, heed their cries,
Call for peace, come set them free
Mother of earth. water and skies.

Spirit of their totems sacred tree
Vision of ancestors old and wise ,
I pray Oh wise one, come hear me,
Hear our tribe, heed their cries.

Tribal plea the fate of the Cree,
Hear our tribe, heed their cries
Once more shall see spirits rise
Prairies green, land of the free
I pray Oh wise one, come hear me



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Jem Farmer

beneath the moon's silvery light

My love show me thy heart is mine
in one, sweet kiss as lips invite
as all of me is indeed thine
beneath the moon's silvery light.

Oh let me taste thy sweetest wine
beneath the moon's silvery light
my love show me thy heart is mine
I'll surrender to thee tonight

Thy touch sends shivers down my spine
and lifts my heart to greater height
as wild senses, meekly resign
and succumb to passions delight.
My love show me thy heart is mine
beneath the moon's silvery light.

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Doreen Harris

Colliding Ships

A kiss on full lips crash colliding ships
They meet in firm touch, their claim to ensnare
Together they ride, they roll in the dare
Under stars on cool waves with white, frosty tips

Taste of warm breath and mingling cool air
Fine balm to a soul amid ocean dips
A kiss on full lips crash colliding ships
They meet in firm touch, their claim to ensnare

Motion o'ertakes them, the waves at fast clips
Gather power between the swollen, red pair
On waves of collision throws caution beware
To the winds of the cooling night airy whips
A kiss on full lips crash colliding ships
They meet in firm touch, their claim to ensnare.


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Kevin McKinney

Colorfast

If I shine, I shine because of you,
My prism; you paint me in rainbows;
Coloring my dreams as you pass through,
To fire up my heart until it glows.

From my throat new melodies issue
Unbidden as the songs of sparrows.
If I shine, I shine because of you,
My prism; you paint me in rainbows.

Preceding, one note was all I knew,
Whereas in time we've come to compose
A livelier tune and one more true
In nature to true love as it grows.
If I shine, I shine because of you,
My prism; you paint me in rainbows.


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Tender Tender

Dear lady, I would have of thee no less
Than I would offer thee of me; My heart.
Let's join hands happily and with our best
Intentions, live as equals from this start.

All partnerships experience duress,
Yet none so dire as needs tear them apart;
Dear lady, I would have of thee no less
Than I would offer thee of me; My heart.

Embarked so, allow as I'd suggest,
True love requires more of work than art;
The sense to keep the horse before the cart
And gentle gratitude in its progress.
Dear lady, I would have of thee no less.


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Ryter Roethical

City of Angels

All I could hear was the scream of jets.
When I tried to listen to the earth today
The people here do they forget
Nothing works here there is no way.

Not realising what was the debt?
Or have they just walked away,
All I could hear was the scream of jets.
When I tried to listen to the earth today

The Earth breathes and lives and yet
They are deaf who deny they have to pay
And carry on living in their selfish way.
Mankind carries on without regret
All I could hear was the scream of jets.



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Do I know anything

Do I know anything at all of thee?
I touch thee and I feel thee shiver
I feel thy skin so soft to my touch
Yet as I touch thee I see a change.

As I touch thee I see the lumps
Thy skin whitens with Goosebumps
Do I know anything at all of thee?
I touch thee and I feel thee shiver

Thy eyes close and draw me close
Hold me to thee, so strong thy hold
I feel thy breath upon my face
With all thy might you hold me in,
Do I know anything at all of thee?



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In the Darkness

In the darkness I find my fear
Feeling, hearing every sound
Lying here powerless to fight
Totally aware of the dark

Then I feel the first sharp bite
The sensation the acid burns
In the darkness I find my fear
Feeling, hearing every sound

I feel them everywhere now
Penetrated a million times
Voracious appetites I feed
My body now a piece of meat
In the darkness I find my fear.

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Je Sais (I Know)

I know that I have met my love
Somewhere in the mists of time
And that ever in the stars above
We meet and share and you are mine

When fates decree to be sublime
We have a life others dream of
I know that I have met my love
Somewhere in the mists of time

Separated now by a different clime
But united by mans stars above
And secure in the knowledge of
A union that will be soo fine
I know that I have met my love



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Non Vederemo Mai

We will never see the spring
We will never see the fall
Our hearts will always sing
With hardly time for love at all.

We have so much love to bring
It's the way loves dice will call.
We will never see the spring
We will never see the fall

You can never wear my ring
Or dance with me at a ball.
But my heart you have enthral
And it is my heart I bring.
We will never see the spring.



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Not So Hard

It's not so hard to be in love with you
For destiny has made you mine
With each second my love grew
Even for so very short a time.

Loving, with a love oh so true,
And now as we part I start to pine.
It's not so hard to be in love with you
For destiny has made you mine

The love of you I will never rue
Now our love has grown so fine
The Gods gift to us a love divine.
An eternal gift of love so true
It's not so hard to be in love with you



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Profile of Destiny

What is this thing we call a soul
I cannot see it, nor can I feel
Yet without it I am not whole
And you tell me that itís so real.

I sit here and watch my life unroll
Silent waiting for fate to deal
What is this thing we call a soul
I cannot see, nor can I feel

It seems inevitable after all
As Destiny winds in her reel
With heat and wax she makes a seal
As cupid fires, once again I fall
What is this thing we call a soul?

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Quantum Love

Is it to reality we finally ascend,
With the union of souls the final scenes?
Merging, no overlap we transcend
Where non-physical selfís what life means

On rebirth never having to depend
And minds and souls, feel so serene
Is it to reality we finally ascend,
With the union of souls the final scenes?

Myths and mystery no longer contend
Weíll be able to create our own dreams
Independent of electronic machines
With a love we know will never end
Is it to reality we finally ascend?



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Sounds Familiar

Morning wind sends shiver through the wild Mallee
The sounds of cattle and sheep once covered this land.
The humble bees heard buzzing from a nearby tree
Now thereís the terrible din from some loud crap band.

That bush where once wild birds cavorted so merrily
Is now streets and dwellings that will ever expand.
Morning wind sends shiver through the wild Mallee
The sounds of cattle and sheep once covered this land.

Now we hear duff-duff instead of sounds that are free
But for peaceful sounds thereĎs no commercial demand.
When will man begin to at least start to understand,
Why doesnít he listen as nature talks to him, willingly?
Morning wind sends shiver through the wild Mallee.



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Tellement Pour Faire (So Much To Do)

So much to do so much to share
To fill your love you must live again
Or is love meant to drive insane
Any lovers that would love dare.

A life of love a life of care
True love helps in time of pain.
So much to do so much to share
To fill your love you must live again

True love ever modest never vain
Be prepared your souls to bare.
Whenever needed itís always there
Helping each other to sustain
So much to do so much to share.



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Leny Roovers

Fear

I feel this person in my head
He's trying to take over me
And makes me stop to live instead
So now my life's no longer free

The thoughts he thinks are really bad
I feel him watching me with glee
I feel this person in my head
He's trying to take over me

Some days I'm longing to be dead
Then I won't have to pay the fee
Which will be mine when I'll be lead
To that I just don't wish to be
I feel this person in my head
He's trying to take over me!!!


II

Ever so slowly I can feel
My mind being taken over
The world is becoming unreal
As I day by day discover!

No matter how I may appeal
Or may try to find a cover
Ever so slowly I can feel
My mind being taken over

I cannot escape this ordeal
My spirit has to uncover
Need a hiding place to deal
With this dread that seems to hover
Ever so slowly I can feel
My mind being taken over


III

I feel I'm being drawn apart
And bits and pieces of my ME
Are slowly breaking from my heart
Will there be any left to be?

I feel I have to be on guard
For all these parts of me I see
I feel I'm being drawn apart
And bits and pieces of my ME

Are growing like a vicious wart
They listen to the name of WE
Where is the I, I used to be?
I'm searching; don't know where to start
For bits and pieces of my ME
I feel I'm being drawn apart!!!!!!!


IV

I feel I have to find a way
To reunite these many I's
It's too confusing every day
To listen to their many lies

I need to find a way to stay
Just one, at least in my own eyes
I feel I have to find a way
To reunite these many I's

If I can switch most off I may
Be able to live without cries
Find strength to live just through today
I don't want yet to say goodbyes
I feel I have to find a way
To reunite these many I's


V or the end of it

I think I found a way at last
To stop those voices in my mind
To get rid of fears from the past
Or jolly well pay back in kind

Today I found in my mind vast
A way to freedom from this bind
I hope I found a way at last
To stop those voices in my mind

Go back to sanity real fast
A message read in eyes not blind
I look into those eyes and find
For me the die has not been cast
I know I found the way at last
To stop those voices in my mind!


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In Times Unknown

In times unknown we must have met
How could we else have met this time
To our destiny we were led
To find at last a love sublime

It is not easy as of yet
To tell of this is not a crime
It took awhile before we met
We had to wait a long, long time

But after everything's been said
I really couldn't give a dime
I'll send you in this little rhyme
All of my love and heart instead
In times unknown we must have met
How else could we have met this time?


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Moonlight

Last night I was awakened by the moon
'twas bright and full and shone into my room.
Its light did penetrate my dreams too soon,
before they could have come into full bloom.
Because of that I fell into deep gloom.

The dreams had been so very promising,
they took me far away across the skies.
The moon however, caused the vanishing
of longed for loving and passionate cries.
The dream was gone, by moon changed into lies.

The only thing that was still left to me,
to chase away the feelings of dark doom,
was writing down these words to set me free.
When peace returned, I went back to my room,
in newfound dreams I joined my nightly groom.


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Nia Wynne

Leprechaunn Dance

Leprechaun dance, Leprechaun dance
Just for the spot, dance and cavort!
When he be good he's so fancy,
When he be bad he's no good sport.

But looking for a new Irish port
Sends sweet notes to each pretty lass.
Leprechaun dance, Leprechaun dance
Just for the sport, dance and cavort!

For an epithet none shall court
His name as Great, but look askance,
His mischievous ways of parlance
An idiom by means, an art.
Leprechaun dance, Leprechaun dance.

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Say Yes

Someday the spring will be ours
Someday loves dice will fall for sure
Our hearts to find just the right hours.
Some summer when time waits to lure

No brook shall steal away the cure
Nor pull up the last bright flower.
Someday the spring will be ours
Someday loves dice will fall for sure.

Fascination becomes the tour
For springs trumpets are not lour.
We quietly search the towers
Where first we discovered allures.
Someday the spring will be ours.



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