Traditional Mongolian Meter
Steed gallops swiftly across steppes Steered smoothly by steely Mongol Steel stirrups steady deadly shots Steals last, wistful glance at sunset
d’Verse prompt: Traditional Mongolian Meter
At d’Verse, poets were encouraged to try their hands at ‘Traditional Mongolian Meter’, which is:
- written in any number of quatrains.
- syllabic, usually 7 to 8 syllables.
- head rhymed. Technically, head rhyme is just the first consonant of each line matching. However, while still alliterative, with the matched consonant heading the line, it is often seen as the first syllable in each line rhyming with the first syllable of the ensuing lines. Rhyme scheme aaaa bbbb cccc etc. (Remember the rhyme is at the beginning of the line, not the end.)
- alliterated, although alliteration can occur within a couplet and need not be contained within a single line. If true or near rhyme is not present, alliteration of the first word of each line is a must.
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31 thoughts on “Swiftly across steppes, or: Wistful glance at sunset”
great work on this.
💕🙏🏻 Jude 🙏🏻💕
Love the cadence and power to this David!🙌
💖🙏🏻 Cindy 🙏🏻💖
I was taken by that last line! Is it the steed that steals a glimpse of the sunset or is it the steely warrior? Either way it points to an inner life that is turned to more than war…
🖤🙏🏻 Muri 🙏🏻🖤
Stellar s sounds specially the second line.
🤎🙏🏻 Grace 🙏🏻🤎
Well done David! Love the picture! Two glances in one!
🧡🙏🏻 Dwight 🙏🏻🧡
Excellent David, loved the alliteration… 🙂✌🏼❤️
❤️🙏🏻 Rob 🙏🏻❤️
S is a great consonant and you employed it so well to describe or bring to the fore the terror of Genghis Khan clad in steel.
The wording engraves an impression of a scene in an apocalyptic movie.
The final scene with steal – brilliant.
💙🙏🏻 Abi 🙏🏻💙
truly enjoyed this
If S was a thumbs-up, I’d give this 10 Ss
I love it, beautifully written💞
Genghis Khan… the terror reigns supreme. 🐲