Night In The Forest

Written for:  Poetic Asides Form Challenge:  Byr a Thoddaid

The byr a thoddaid is a Welsh form (like the gwawdodyn). Here are the rules:

The byr a thoddaid is a quatrain (4-line stanza) or series of quatrains
The quatrain itself is divided into two combined couplets (2-line stanza)
One couplet contains 8 syllables for each line with an aa end rhyme
The other couplet contains 10 syllables in the first line and 6 syllables in the second
The 10-syllable line of this other couplet has an end rhyme near the end of the line (but not at the end)
The 6-syllable line of this other couplet has a link (either rhyme, alliteration, etc.) to the end word of the 10-syllable line and then an end rhyme
The couplets can appear in alternating orders

In gloaming, raven’s call shatters
hushed forest with raucous chatter
Meditation comes to a stop. I hear
nearby hoot from atop

moonlit tree. A glimpse of snowy
owl, with gleaming eyes, although he
does not notice me standing near–a good
sign–time to disappear.

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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