Dawn to Twilight

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub - MTB:  In a Roundabout Way
(posted by Laura Bloomsbury)

“The roundabout is a metered stanzaic form with a simple but unusual premise that the rhyme scheme should come full circle (thus the name).” Word Wool

Here are the rules and structure:

Four quintains (five-line stanzas) for a total of twenty lines
Iambic meter throughout
Lines have 4;3;2;2;3 feet respectively
Line 5 repeats line 2
Rhyme scheme is aBccB bCddC cDaaD dAbbA

A dawn of rose appeared to me,
raised up a chance of hope
like chime
raised up a chance of hope.

A crash of waves like foamy soap,
a fringe of skirted hem
across the sand
a cooling fan.
a fringe of skirted hem

The water's sapphire–that of gem.
A distant sound of music
did trickle free
I smiled in glee
A distant sound of music.

Go for a dip; it's cold don't panic.
Quite soon comes dawn, so rosy.
In twilight 
Renewed am I.
Quite soon comes dawn, so rosy.


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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12 Responses to Dawn to Twilight

  1. SelmaMartin says:

    It’s a lovely form you’ve introduced me to here, Dawn. Thanks. I might try it. Blessings.


  2. Bravo! you took this Roundabout to water and made it swim. Especially love that second stanza


  3. Gillena Cox says:

    Easy as breezy read and so well done. You nailed the form Sara


  4. rothpoetry says:

    Beautifully written, Sara


  5. Wonderful… it sounds like a journey to a better place.


  6. Such a lovely write, Sara! I especially loved, “a fringe of skirted hem”!


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