Wednesday, September 30, 2009

trying new things: a roundel poem

I read over on Kristy's blog about the Monday Poetry Stretch over on The Miss Rumphius Effect, in which she (Miss Rumphius) challenges her readers to write (this week anyway) a roundel. What is a roundel, I wondered? (I know, and I call myself a poet!) Well, Paul Janeczko, in A Kick in the Head: An Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms says a roundel is this:

"a three-stanza poem of 11 lines. The stanzas have four, three, and four lines in them and a rhyme scheme of abab bab abab. Ah, but there's more. Line 4 is repeated as line 11 -- not an easy trick!"

I was feeling up to a challenge, so I decided to try it. The idea came to me right away, but I struggled for about an hour to get it to this point:

A Roundel

I saw a flock of leaves take wing
as a gust of wind went whistling by,
the startled leaves left, scattering
like birds against a concrete sky.

I smiled when I saw them fly,
such fluid movement, crackling
with fall's decay, now crisp and dry.

The breeze then took them, frolicking.
In a swirling dance, they said goodbye,
gone, again, until the spring
like birds against a concrete sky.

(c) 2009 Rebecca J. Gomez

An hour well spent!


  1. Oh, cool! What an interesting challenge!

  2. Yeah, you should try it! :-)

  3. I'm so glad you didn't know what a roundel was either! I'm really not up on my poetry. I like what you did with it!

  4. Anonymous11:45 AM

    I love that poem, you have some real talent!



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