Floor, or: Ceiling

My 2nd kyrielle

Kyrielle's rhyme scheme's open, but
Three verses is (they say!) the floor.
Still, I have come to heed my gut:
Few verses are quite often more.

I felt doubtful of short forms once;
Epics seemed to pack louder roar...
Now I know micros aren't runts!
Few verses are quite often more.

May we never spread ideas thin;
Let's cut straight - to intention's core.
Precise words hold power within;
Few verses are quite often more.

A Kyrielle is a French form of rhyming poetry written in quatrains (a stanza consisting of 4 lines), and each quatrain contains a repeating line or phrase as a refrain (usually appearing as the last line of each stanza). Each line within the poem consists of only eight syllables. There is no limit to the amount of stanzas a Kyrielle may have, but three is considered the accepted minimum.

Some popular rhyming schemes for a Kyrielle are: aabB, ccbB, ddbB, with B being the repeated line, or abaB, cbcB, dbdB.

Mixing up the rhyme scheme is possible for an unusual pattern of: axaZ, bxbZ, cxcZ, dxdZ, etc. with Z being the repeated line.

The rhyme pattern is completely up to the poet.

9 thoughts on “Floor, or: Ceiling”

  1. I like this form–it has a wonderful rhythm and of course I always like repetition. I’ve learned to conquer my wordiness by using shorter forms too. (K)

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