For the A-Z Challenge, and to celebrate National Poetry Month, each day I’m attempting a form of poetry I have never written before.

Today…the flamenca –

  • 5 lines
  • lines 1, 2, 4, and 5 have 6 syllables
  • line 3 has 5 syllables
  • lines 2 and 5 assonate
  • here’s the pattern template, if you want to try:

1-6
2-6 (a)
3-5
4-6
5-5 (a)

A Facile Dip

His palm supports the curve
of my deeply arched spine
as I bend backwards,
his arm holding me up…
notes still keeping time.

Others continue on–
swirl, grind, gyrate and slide,
but our dance is through:
a different song calls
the hunger inside.


I think the name of the form pushed my brain toward the concept of dance, so I just went with it. After the last few days/forms, I’ll admit, this much easier form was a breath of fresh air…so I went ahead and did two stanzas using the form.

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