a rainbow in words- 17th


Cruising down the highway
Vacation, its time to play
Sign up ahead, deep frown
Guess I better slow down

Cassowary up ahead
Getting sleepy, rather be in bed
But warning signs in this little town
Guess I better slow down

Well, this I didn’t expected
Cassowaries, what the heck?
And I’m wearing my best gown
Guess I better slow down

Now I’m worried, expecting an ambush
Though that might be a bit of a push
Still I don’t want to be called a clown
Guess I better slow down

© NopeNotPam


The kyrielle is a French four-line stanza form that has a refrain in the fourth line. Often, there is a rhyme scheme in the poem consisting of the following possibilities:

  • aabb
  • abab
  • aaab
  • abcb

The poem can be as long as you wish and as short as two stanzas (otherwise, the refrain is not really a refrain, is it?), and, as with many French forms, it is very nice for stretching your poetic muscles.

Also, tres importante! Your lines must contain 8 syllables. I’ve written an example below to show how this poem works (on a technical level).

9 thoughts on “a rainbow in words- 17th

  1. I guess you better slow down dear Deb. Cassowary crossing.

    Did you sketch a Cassowary?
    I think you might have.
    I just looked it up and felt like I’d seen it in sketch before. Oh well.
    Still thanks for showing me your impressive array of forms. Love them all. XoXo

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