Red rum, or: Ink wells

A kyrielle

Every body drained of its blood,
He came to be known as the Leech.
While screams filled his mind like a flood,
He quilled stirring ballads for each.

For months, he'd observe them closely,
Even learned their manners of speech.
They were local heroes, mostly;
He quilled stirring ballads for each.

He would softly interview them,
Even as they'd mercy beseech,
But the warm ink would not be stemmed;
He quilled stirring ballads for each.

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.

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