~::~ [A-Z Challenge] ~ Wrapped Refrain ~::~

Day 23, W = Wrapped Refrain

The Wrapped Refrain, created by Jan Turner, consists of 2 or more stanzas of 6 lines each; Meter: 8,8,8,8,12,12 and Rhyme Scheme: a,a,b,b,c,c.
Refrain rule: In each stanza the first 4 syllables (or 4 single-syllable words) in the first line must be the last 4 syllables (or 4 single-syllable words) at the end of the last line. This is what wraps each stanza with a repeated refrain …thus, the Wrapped Refrain.
Optional: The first stanza refrain and last stanza refrain can be joined (or looselyjoined) together for the title of the poem.

For more info, please check Shadow Poetry

~::~ Broken Dreams ~::~


Staggering through, dark silent nights

Persisting ‘til fate reunites

Trundling low with my broken dreams

My heart echoes my muted screams

Biding time awaiting amorous rendezvous

Many decades I’ve transpired whilst staggering through


I’ve walked alone, through pale moonlights

Enduring fate’s unrighteous smites

Existence bursting at its seams

I trudge along till hope redeems

In wilds I loiter until Destiny atones

Through these pallid gossamer paths, I’ve walked alone



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Picture Courtesy –  Josephine

~::~ [A-Z Challenge] ~ Villanelle ~::~

Day 22, V = Villanelle

A Villanelle is a nineteen-line poem consisting of a very specific rhyming scheme: aba aba aba aba aba abaa.
The first and the third lines in the first stanza are repeated in alternating order throughout the poem, and appear together in the last couplet (last two lines).

~::~ Tranquil Reveries ~::~


Fly away oh vibrant butterflies

Take me to a land of golden streams

Where tranquility dwells ‘neath cobalt skies


Where luminescent golden suns rise

Painting heavens in shades of peaches & creams

Fly away oh vibrant butterflies


A magical land of decadent moors lie

And evening brings iridescent moonbeams

Where tranquility dwells ‘neath cobalt skies


Where kaleidoscopic sights tantalize

Through opulent valleys swathed in gossamer sunbeams

Fly away of vibrant butterflies


Lilting music of dainty fairies mesmerize

O’er sapphire seas and blooming reams

Where tranquility dwells ‘neath cobalt skies


While a faint melodious scarlet tanager cries

I’d lay forever in these dreams

Fly away oh vibrant butterflies

Where tranquility dwells ‘neath cobalt skies


~::~ [A-Z Challenge] ~ Underworlds ~::~

Day 21, U = Underworld

Unfortunately there are no poetry forms created with the letter U, and so I’ll just have to write a poem with a word starting with letter U and my word for today is “Underworld”

~::~ Underworld Travels ~::~


Adrift on a boat to no where
New sights I have discovered
Forging ecstatic spirits in me
I walk through the underworlds

I came across unearthly sights
Secrets of the cosmos unfurled
Many a realm dwells here
As I walk through the underworlds

Passing through these untrodden paths
Whilst million questions swirled
I pondered my very existence
As I walked through the underworlds

Enjoying the mystical delights
Like a wispy cloud, I lay curled
While a Tuscan sun rose above
I walked through the underworlds



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Picture Courtesy – Josephine


~::~ [ A-Z Challenge] ~ Terza Rima ~::~

Day 19, T = Terza Rima

A Terza Rima is a poem with an eleven syllable count in each line and a rhyming scheme of aba, bcb, cdc, dd.


~::~ Unicorn Dreams ~::~


I fly away riding a unicorn fair

Up and away through wispy gossamer skies

In search of lands unknown where magic ensnares


Wandering through dazzling lands with awestruck eyes

Transcending through multihued hills and valleys

Offering a kaleidoscopic surprise


Fairies on vibrant flowers and mottled trees

Twinkling dewdrops capture the spangled sun beams

Beauty so mystical leaves senses appeased


Horizon turns ochre, sun bursting at seams

Whilst I fly away free, in magical dreams


~::~ [A-Z Challenge] ~ Sonnet ~::~

Day 18, S = Sonnet

A Sonnet is a poem consisting of 14 lines (iambic pentameter) with a particular rhyming scheme:
Examples of a rhyming scheme:
#1) abab cdcd efef gg
#2) abba cddc effe gg
#3) abba abba cdcd cd
A Shakespearean (English) sonnet has three quatrains and a couplet, and rhymes abab cdcd efef gg.

Usually, English and Italian Sonnets have 10 syllables per line, but Italian Sonnets can also have 11 syllables per line.

~::~ Midnight Soiree ~::~


I lay low after a heavy day’s toil

Adrift on a blissful carriage of dreams

Floating through the skies, hung by silken coils

Traverse the night on gossamer moonbeams


Of velvety valleys and glistening wells

I marvel the kaleidoscopic views

Petite fairies emerge from fresh bluebells

As I embark on my magical cruise


Stumbling upon a charming fairy ball

Fairies and satyrs dancing in merry

Music flows, as singing mushrooms enthrall

While sweet treats are served with wine and cherry


Fatigue swept as stars sang their final tune

I fell asleep with the far-setting moon



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~::~ [A-Z Challenge] ~ Rondelet ~::~

Day 17, R = Rondelet

The Rondelet is a French form consisting of a single septet with two rhymes and one refrain: AbAabbA. The capital letters are the refrains, or repeats. The refrain is written in tetra-syllabic or dimeter and the other lines are twice as long – octasyllabic or tetrameter.


~::~ Take Me Away ~::~


Take me away

Oh little vibrant butterflies,

Take me away

Life here is ever disarrayed

With your flamboyance, paint the skies

Let new iridescent world rise

Take me away


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~::~ [A-Z Challege] ~ Quatern ~::~

Day 17, Q = Quatern

A Quatern is a sixteen line French form composed of four quatrains. It is similar to the Kyrielle and the Retourne. It has a refrain that is in a different place in each quatrain. The first line of stanza one is the second line of stanza two, third line of stanza three, and fourth line of stanza four. A quatern has eight syllables per line. It does not have to be iambic or follow a set rhyme scheme.

~::~ Puffy Dreams ~::~


I ride the waves of puffy clouds

Etching through the sky, I plow

In search of unseen horizons

To view pristine luminous suns



Chirping geese pass by in small crowds

I ride the waves of puffy clouds

Stopping to admire faint peach skies

And watch the spectacular surprise


Skylines ranging pink to purple

Beige sun rose, golden & sparkle

I ride the waves of puffy clouds

Watching the cosmic wonder- wowed!


Sun rays preening tiny dewdrops

Whilst glistening grasshopper hops

Amazed at splendorous scenes, proud

I ride the waves of puffy clouds



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