Love conquers all/some

Apparently it was a very moving sermon about all you need is love.


Have they not heard

that every marriage starts in love ?

Have they not heard

that love incarnate, gentle bird

covers the earth in thought and word,

and cruel death despite the dove ?

Have they not heard ?

Poetry challenge Summer Storm: the entries

The Rondelet went down a storm! Must have been relief after the Ghazal. Thank you all for your poetry, once again so diverse and frankly beautiful.


Kat obviously likes summer storms.

Summer Storm – A Rondelet | like mercury colliding…


A gentle threat in Lady Lee’s poem.

Poetry challenge #45: Summer storm – Rondelet – ladyleemanila


Sarah—you can pick out the ones whose imagination has a fantastical bent…

Summer storm, a rondelet for Jane Dougherty | fmme writes poems


Another first timer, Grammy’s poem looks to the brighter days after the darkness.


Matthew with the storm as metaphor. Very dark but effective.

Poetry challenge #45: Rondelet | Twisted Roads of Madness


Unlike Kat, I’d say Kim does not relish being caught out in a storm—menacing.

No Place to Hide – writing in north norfolk


A first contribution from Imelda with a poem about imminent treachery.



Sue’s trio of rondelets is truly magnificent, running the gamut of emotions.

Summer storm | Sue Vincent – Daily Echo


I like the way Ken uses the refrain in the same way as the refrain in a triolet, to slightly twist the meaning, leaving us with the impression that a message has been imparted.

Summer Storm | rivrvlogr


Anita’s poem is in a very classical mode, to suit the formal rhythm of the rondelet.

Summer Scolds – As it Comes


Sri makes the distinction between the benefits of rain and the destructivepower of the storm.


Kerfe with a superb pictorial assembly of phrases.

Summer Storm | method two madness


Merril’s storm is a delicate series of dance steps.

Rain Dance | Yesterday and today: Merril’s historical musings


Helen’s evocation pinpoints the sensation of cool rain on hot skin that comes with summer storms.

Poetry Challenge #45 – Summer Storm | Journey To Ambeth


Janice’s storm is the prelude to a real outpouring of life.

Summer storm: when it rains it pours – Ontheland


In the first of Tricia’s poems she seems undecided as to whether she welcomes the storm or not. The second one is the clincher—after the storm, there’s hope.

Summer Storm – Creative State of Mind


Damien’s poem also has an apocalyptic feel to it—our own fault this time.


Louise’s storm is straight out of the Apocalypse. Why am I not surprised?

Wicked Storm – Fantasy Raconteur


Leara’s poem is about another sensation brought by the storm—a remembered odour.


That was quite a list, and quite a collection of fine poems! Thank you all for contributing, and I hope you’ll join in with the next challenge posted tomorrow.

Poetry challenge #45: Summer storm

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

Summer storm

and the image

photo ©Fir0002  

My poem:


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.