a rainbow in words- 21st

Revelation

As the light dims
I feel a flutter
As the darkness clings
So, my nerves stutter
Then my heart sings
As the light does splutter

As the darkness clings
So, my nerves stutter
The coloured lights brings
A delight utter
Then my heart sings
As the light does splutter

The coloured lights brings
A delight utter
It does wring
An awed sigh, a quiet mutter
Then my heart sings
As the light does splutter

It does wring
An awed sigh, a quiet mutter
As the light dims
I feel a flutter
Then my heart sings
As the light does splutter

ยฉ NopeNotPam

Roundelay

Technically, the roundelay is any simple lyric poem that uses a refrain, but I found a very interesting version of a John Dryden roundelay in Lewis Turco’s The New Book of Forms. Basically, the roundelay is comprised of just an a rhyme and a b rhyme–with most of the lines acting as refrains.

Here is how the rhymes and refrains (capitalized with a number look):

Line 1: a
Line 2: b
Line 3: A1
Line 4: B1
Line 5: A2
Line 6: B2

Line 7: A1
Line 8: B1
Line 9: A3
Line 10: B3
Line 11: A2
Line 12: B2

Line 13: A3
Line 14: B3
Line 15: A4
Line 16: B4
Line 17: A2
Line 18: B2

Line 19: A4
Line 20: B4
Line 21: a
Line 22: b
Line 23: A2
Line 24: B2

As you can see, the A2-B2 lines complete each stanza–so these might be the most important lines of the entire poem as every other line bounces off this refrain.

13 thoughts on “a rainbow in words- 21st

  1. Oh my
    I prefer to read this one again and again. And appreciate it again and again.
    I love the constraints in poetry. Adore them. Love having a blueprint for them.
    But this one โ€œfeltโ€ like โ€ฆ
    Well, like reading instructions for how to dance.
    Please write in this form again, dear Deb. Itโ€™s extraordinary! I love watching you โ€œdanceโ€ XoXo
    You chose the perfect words. ๐Ÿ‘

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