Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – Fussy Little Forms:  Rondelet
“Today I offer to you the very definition of a Fussy Little Form, the RONDELET. The rondelet is a short French poetry form featuring a strict rhyme and meter pattern plus a lovely repeated refrain. It looks like this:”

Line 1 :: A—four syllables
Line 2 :: b—eight syllables
Line 3 :: A—repeat of line one
Line 4 :: a—eight syllables
Line 5 :: b—eight syllables
Line 6 :: b—eight syllables
Line 7 :: A—repeat of line one


After the storm
trees lay ‘cross roads, beauty beaten.
After the storm
victims wonder is this new norm?
Cut off, shortage of food to eat,
on clothesline, a flapping sheet
after the storm.

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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14 Responses to After

  1. Sherry Marr says:

    We are expecting a very big storm here tonight and tomorrow – high winds……..a lot of rain. Looking forward to some wild waves./ I have all my candles ready! Smiles.


  2. Marian says:

    And still waiting… and still waiting… is this the new norm?


  3. Diny Ajamian says:

    Hi Sara, Your writing remains as beautiful as ever and your website filled with magical whimsy. Think of you often and hope you and John are well. And, of course, Happy Felix Unger Day!
    Love from an old friend, Diny


  4. C Burtt says:

    That is how it is…it is a shame. You have captured it eloquently Sara!


  5. sanaarizvi says:

    Beautifully poignant.


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