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.