End date, or: Expiration

A ‘Kลel’

breath eternal levels earth in entirety
bedrock beneath buffeted, burst, broken
blown away, remnants of society


Kลel is an onomatopoeia form patterned after the caw of the bird of the same name. The male bird makes a Coo coO sound while the female makes a sharp kik kik kik. The poetic form has roots in India, Malaysia, China and Singapore.

  • Stanzaic: written in any number of tercets;
  • Rhymed: rhyme scheme axa bxb cxc etc., with x being unrhymed. Rhymes should have strong vowel sounds.
  • In its strictest form, L1 and L2 are assonant and must carry the same vowel sound in each word in the line.
  • L2 is always alliterated. Nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs must all begin with the same consonant. Articles and connectors need not alliterate.

d’Verse poetics prompt: The four elements

At d’Verse, poets were encouraged to pick one of the classical four elements โ€“ earth, air, fire and water โ€“ and write a poem inspired by it.

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)

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40 thoughts on “End date, or: Expiration”

  1. I like this David. The brevity gives great impact to each words, and the repetitive sound of the consonants reinforce that impact. It makes each word absolutely essential โ€” no verbal pablum. Drew me in my frienf. โœŒ๐Ÿผโค๏ธ

    1. โค ๐Ÿ™ Rob ๐Ÿ™ โค ~ thanks! It was a bit of an experiment on my part… Actually, the form allows for multiple stanzas, but putting even one together according to its rules took me quite a while… more than one would be an extra challenge (I’ll attempt that another time!)

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