Ceasing The Chatter

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub - Poetics:  Exploring The Realm
of French Literature (first stop, Marseille)  (posted by Sanaa)

"Today we will delve deep into the French poetic form “Rima Dissolutas.” Popular with 12th and 13th century French poets, rimas dissolutas is a poem that rhymes and doesn’t rhyme.

For instance, each stanza contains no end rhymes, but each line in each stanza rhymes with the corresponding line in the next stanza–sometimes employing an envoi at the end.

Here’s how the end rhymes would work in a Rimas Dissolutas with three five-line stanzas:

(1-a, 2-b, 3-c, 4-d, 5-e) (6-a, 7-b, 8-c, 9-d, 10-e) (11-a, 12-b, 13-c, 14-d, 15-e)

There are no rules for meter, line length, or syllables–except that it should be consistent from stanza to stanza."

In moments of silence
there remains the sound
of my mind scurrying
from one thought to another
like tiny white mice

with no end of persistence.
In meditation I have found
a bit less cluttering,
a small measure
of peace, deep breaths–a device

easy to do in anyone's presence.
I concentrate to stay on firm ground.
My wish, to be flourishing,
and exploring life as a treasure,
maintaining a silence to revitalize.


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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17 Responses to Ceasing The Chatter

  1. Sadje says:

    Deep breaths and meditation are great to restore the balance. Well said


  2. rothpoetry says:

    Nicely done Sara! It is hard to shut down the hubbub sometimes. Silence is golden unless you are old… then it becomes hubbub of a different kind with the tinnitus ringing like an ongoing factory floor with all the machines singing at one time. Love your poem.


  3. Misky says:

    This is fabulous. Well done.


  4. Ain says:

    Soft words leading to meaningful meditation…


  5. Ingrid says:

    I need my meditation time, my mind is always racing ahead of me. Thank you for reminding me with this lovely poem!


  6. sanaarizvi says:

    So poignant. It’s certainly not an easy thing dealing with tinnitus ringing.. but as you mention.. meditation helps. Sending love your way. Thank you so much for writing to the prompt. 💝💝


  7. Eugi says:

    Beautifully done, Sara!


  8. Finding yourself in meditation sounds really good.


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