Wild at Heart

Written for:  Imaginary Garden with Real Toads – Sunday Challenge
Today I thought we’d try a little game that’s called Bout-Rimés (from French and means rhymed ends. The game itself is attributed to the French Poet Dulot, and though the poet himself is mostly forgotten the game has since attracted many famous poets.   So for today’s challenge I want you all to play with end-rhymes.  Also use of homophones to replace the given ones, as well as composed words are allowed. I am kind enough to allow small modifications to slanted rhymes. But the order of the end-words can not be changed.

Words:  caught, him, got, dim, shade, goes, glade, flows, lies, stone, dies, tone, lawn, gone

Like a caged animal, she feel herself caught
between two worlds–freedom and him.
He whose love chokes her, yet he’s got
the sweetest smile when lights are dim.
His hair curls in a golden shade,
yet she longs for freedom each time he goes.
Oh, to dance in a shaded glade
listening to sounds of streams that flow.
To marry him would be the start of lies.
Her heart feels the weight of a heavy stone.
She would not be able to watch their love die,
so she’ll end it tonight in the softest tone.
Stepping across the manicured lawn,
she knows when he wakes she will be long gone.


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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20 Responses to Wild at Heart

  1. Alas.. Some things are not meant to be. Leaving before it ends could be the best. Thank you for participating


  2. Sherry Marr says:

    I so relate to this………”she knows when he wakes she will be long gone….” The words led you on a journey.


  3. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    Sometimes its just not meant to be.. no matter how charming the delusion.. it can never suffice for long.. loved the closing lines 🙂

    Lots of love,


  4. Debi says:

    Nice…. freedom wins : ) I like how you used shade.


  5. margaret says:

    Always choose freedom. A loved one should not make you feel “caged”. Well done.


  6. Kerry O'Connor says:

    A tale of love and difficult choices well told.


  7. ZQ says:

    Well done with the words do develope a cool piece!


  8. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade) says:

    Fascinating to see the different stories we all tell with the same line endings! I like this tale of choosing freedom and authenticity.


  9. Helen says:

    Bjorn’s word list and your poem ~ perfect pairing.


  10. jinksy says:

    Hmm…..loved and lost… Can’t win ’em all?!


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