Wednesday, November 21, 2012


Poetic Bloomings invites us to attempt a Rondeau to day.
 A rondeau (plural rondeaux) is a form of French poetry with 15 lines written on two rhymes.  It makes use of refrains, repeated according to a certain stylized pattern. It was customarily regarded as a challenge to arrange for these refrains to contribute to the meaning of the poem in as succinct and poignant a manner as possible. The rondeau consists of thirteen lines of eight syllables, plus two refrains (which are half lines,  four syllables each).

The landscape sleeps; its umber sigh
Flows to the border of the sky
It stirs the mind to reminisce
And revel in a memory’s kiss
Where precious moments lie

The tears that fell from autumn’s eye
Lines curbs and ditches; we descry
The postlude of October’s bliss
The landscape sleeps

We cannot gather days gone by
See; even now soft moments fly
To line a vast phantom abyss
For soon the past is what now is
A sweet and winsome lullaby
The landscape sleeps

© Janet Martin


  1. This is amazing. I must ask Ina to come over here, too, because I normally don't read this kind of poetry. Only this touches me. Thank you.


  2. thank-you Andrea. Your words are deeply appreciated:)

  3. This is so peaceful and gentle. Just lovely.


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