My 1st Catena rondo
Child claps hands at age-old fable Pulsing auroras glimmer bright Silent abyss-eyes consume light Child claps hands at age-old fable Pulsing auroras glimmer bright Faint swish with it brings eerie chill Sentinels sleep against their will Pulsing auroras glimmer bright Faint swish with it brings eerie chill Faithfully, distant church bells chime Life ground between vast jaws of time Faint swish with it brings eerie chill Faithfully, distant church bells chime Child claps hands at age-old fable Cold fingers scrape across table Faithfully, distant church bells chime Child claps hands at age-old fable Pulsing auroras glimmer bright Silent abyss-eyes consume light Child claps hands at age-old fable
- The poem is comprised of a variable number of quatrains;
- Each quatrain has a rhyme pattern of AbbA;
- The first line of each quatrain is also the final line of the quatrain;
- The second line of each quatrain is the first line of the next quatrain
- The final quatrain should repeat the first quatrain word for word.
W3 poetry prompt
This catena rondo was written in response to Britta Benson’s W3 prompt ~ to write a poem on the theme of time.
d’Verse Open Link Night
I wrote this first catena rondo of mine for d’Verse OLN #316.
Let’s write poetry together!
When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.–Ben Harper (b. 1969)
Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!
46 thoughts on “Pulsing auroras, or: Child claps”
Wonderful form, David! You used it well for the theme of time. ❤️
❤ Punam ❤ ~ thanks!
My pleasure. ❤️
Made me think of storytelling below the stars… who has experienced that lately?
❤ Björn ❤ ~ I wish!
Interesting form, David. The repetition worked well for the passage of time.
💚 Merril 💚
A wonderful poem, – love the form, enhances that feeling of time being inescapable.
💜 Marion 💜
I always learn something new when I come here, David, today I felt something new as well. Very cool poem.
🧡 Chris 🧡
I like the way you’ve used this form, David, which (appropriately) gives it the sound of a children’s song which might be sung ‘in the round’…
🧡💞 Ingrid 💞🧡
Life ground between vast jaws of time…
What a great line, David!
💛🤍 Dwight 🤍💛
[…] I learned of this poetic form while reading David’s page the Skeptic’s Kaddish. He wrote a very nice catena rondo, “Pulsing Auroras or the Child Claps.” You can check out his poem here: https://skepticskaddish.com/2022/05/12/pulsing-auroras-or-child-claps/ […]