Lost, or: Found

A Byr a Thoddaid

Consumed she his whole imagination...
temptation, deep within.
He'd turn, but would find no one there...
Where'd she gone to, his lady fair?

Never once did he doubt her existence ~
Sultry dances; firm legs...
Friends and family were concerned ~
He came all company to spurn.

He was soon beyond completely obsessed ~
She'd undress tauntingly...
They found him flat upon his bed ~
Ecstatic smile, stiff, cold and dead.

Byr a Thoddaid

A Welsh syllabic quatrain form. It consists of two couplets, either of which can appear as the first couplet of the stanza. One couplet consists of two eight-syllable lines that rhyme with each other. The other couplet consists of one ten-syllable line and one six-syllable line. The ten-syllable line has a rhyme before the end in the seventh, eighth, or ninth syllable that rhymes with the end of the six-syllable line. Syllables after the rhyme will have some correspondence with the beginning of the six-syllable line. This correspondence might be alliteration, rhyme or assonance.

A byr a thoddaid verse might look like:

xxxxxxxa
xxxxxxxa
xxxxxxxbx1
x1xxxb

or

xxxxxxxbx1
x1xxxb
xxxxxxxa
xxxxxxxa

Where the 1 represents the association through assonance, alliteration, or rhyme; the “a” and “b” are the more normal rhymes.


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27 thoughts on “Lost, or: Found”

  1. It’s a very difficult one for me to follow as i read. I must have the instructions in front of me.
    I see the couplets, and the it becomes to intricate regarding the rules of the rhyme

    But oh my word, what started out as a love supreme and hot
    My heart stopped at the end of the Byr

    Sex killed him?

      1. 😂
        “I can’t even respond with
        Kiss and don’t tell”

        You shouted it out loud
        As spwilcen
        “Yupper, done it good”

        What a way to go

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