We used the rondelet not too long ago, but long enough ago for me to have forgotten how it works. Suffice it to say, it isn’t complicated and will be a welcome relief from Ghazals.
The explanation is here, at Shadow Poetry. You’ll see that there are seven lines with a strict number of beats per line and a rhyming pattern. However, it isn’t difficult to follow.
As usual, please leave the link to your poem in the comments box before the round up next Tuesday.
The theme is
and the image
Heat falls like lead,
The sky vibrates, too bright, too blue;
Heat falls like lead,
A vicious weight upon this head
That has so much to bear now you
Have gone—I thought that you’d be true.
Heat falls like lead.
49 thoughts on “Poetry challenge #45: Summer storm”
Oh Jane! You had mercy on our weary monkey brains! I love the Rondelet! Here’s my take on Summer Storms. Have a lovely week.
Glad you approve, Kat. Have a lovely week you too 🙂
have a great week, Jane 🙂
Thank you! You too!
Another week, another brain meltdown! I agree, easier than the ghazal, but it has me spinning already. We’ll have to see. How about free verse next week,😀 she laughs
There you go! Easier, but harder to make it interesting, I found.
Thanks for the challenge!
No sure if I managed to get this one working as well as I had hoped, but, I think it works… Hopefully 🙂
It’s an unsettling poem, so it works perfectly in its intent 🙂 The beats aren’t quite right, but you could easily work around the words to make them fit.
I may give it another crack before the end of the week…
It’s just a question of shuffling words around—the poem is already there 🙂
Hi Jane! I love your poem and have taken to the rondolet. I managed to pick up on your post on time this week, despite missing so many. Here is my humble offering.
It’s my pleasure to discover your site. Your prompts are challenging. 🙂
I hope you’ll be tempted to contribute 🙂
Your poem has quite an expressive metaphor.
Mine has storm clouds brewing:
You capture the heaviness of such times and also a metaphor for life at certain points. This was much more pleasant to do. …for pleasant read easier lol.
Thank you. I’m pleased it worked for you, and that you enjoyed writing a rondelet 🙂
Hi Jane, I could finally pull sometime for this…here’s my take
No dark metaphors. I just went for a simple nature poem this time. 🙂 https://merrildsmith.wordpress.com/2016/08/26/rain-dance-2/
Storms in summer can be part of the fun 🙂
As long as they don’t hit too hard. 🙂
Hi Jane 🙂 Hope your summer is going well.
I do like this poetry form, so I gave it a go and here’s the link, just in case the pingback doesn’t work:
Summer decided to get very hot all of a sudden 🙂 Thanks for the contribution. The pingback worked.
It did indeed! Almost like being in Australia, at times 🙂
Glad the pingback worked x
Lovely rondelet, Janice, so vibrant and full of explosive life! I don’t seem to be able to leave comments again so excuse me for leaving the comment here.
Thank you Jane 🙂 your refrain truly captures the weight of the heat around here…although it’s easing up at night. It was fun to try this form again…though after I wrote it my head was making up refrains all night 😏
I find myself counting the beats in each phrase that ops into my head, to see if it will scan in a poem 🙂
I’m getting addicted to the challenge of your challenges now Jane. Thanks again for the fun and inspiration and occasional hair pulling XX
It’s all about pushing back the limits. If I hadn’t started this challenge I’d have missed out on the discipline of following rules and getting rhyme and rhythm to work 🙂
I completely agree!
I do like summer storms but I’m in a morbid mood… So here=) https://fantasyraconteur.wordpress.com/2016/08/30/wicked-storm/