Sweet, sweet, or: Silence

A kyrielle

I drop her off and collect her;
Daily, you can see us walking;
For me, all those walks are a blur...
My child is constantly talking!

I have given up on thinking;
Her voice my every thought's blocking;
Feels like waking after drinking...
My child is constantly talking!

I love her more than anything
But cringe when her words come knocking
around in my mind... how she sings!
My child is constantly talking!

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.

40 thoughts on “Sweet, sweet, or: Silence”

  1. πŸ˜‚πŸ€£ have one of those also. She’s 11 now and still at it πŸ˜‚πŸ€£.

    Love Merril’s tip: “Cherish the moments, and enjoy the silence when you can.” Great advice.

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