Musketeers, or: Rapier

A Cadralor

In the form of 5 Kimos

firm, familiar keys clacking images
stinging sweat drips from the brow
inner eye unblinking

giving in to riffing rhythm therein
thrilling in little ripples
rivulets revealing

sound suffuses syllables so smoothly
euphony feels soft and sure
cacophony quite crisp

words rife with densely packaged symbolism
hissing out through the mouth of
an electric teapot

line after line, these elements cement
the most brilliant poems'
components into one


The cadralor is a poem of 5, unrelated, numbered stanzaic images, each of which can stand alone as a poem, is fewer than 10 lines, and ideally constrains all stanzas to the same number of lines. Imagery is crucial to cadralor: each stanza should be a whole, imagist poem, almost like a scene from a film, or a photograph. The fifth stanza acts as the crucible, alchemically pulling the unrelated stanzas together…


The kimo shares much in common with the haiku: it appears in three lines, making it a tristich, with each line following a diminishing pattern:

  1. Ten syllables
  2. Seven syllables
  3. Six syllables

Each of these lines are unrhymed.

The kimo often deals with a static image, a single moment in which there is no movement. Along with its brief nature, this makes it an excellent form to reflect on or celebrate a particular instance.

30 thoughts on “Musketeers, or: Rapier”

      1. Well I’m just getting to understand this new form of poetry
        In the end it all has to make sense as the fifth stanza says.

        Well i first have to learn about Kimo

        Take it one kimo at a time

        Indulge myself hunting creative fertility

          1. That I promise. I must get my head around the technical side and then see what the gut and heart says to the undisciplined mind.๐ŸŒ

  1. I enjoyed reading this poem, David. It has so much going on: alliteration, imagery, and dense, rich vocabulary. I also appreciated your detailed explanation of the form…very interesting and well-written. โค

  2. no comment from me, today, David. ๐Ÿ™‚ Only a technical question: You have been starting some of your posts with a sentence acknowledging your ‘blogger friend Ingrid…’ – do you literally re-type that phrase every time or is there a tech trick to re-insert same… I suppose I could save a draft post starting with that/a certain phrase and then fill in when I want to publish… but maybe there is an eleganter way? Thanks.

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