National Poetry Month 2021,  Poetry

Rhupunt

Today, for the National Poetry Month A-Z Challenge, I’m attempting a Welsh form, the rhupunt:

  • The form can be broken down into lines or stanzas
  • Each line or stanza contains 3 to 5 sections
  • Each section has 4 syllables
  • All but the final section rhyme with each other
  • The final section of each line or stanza rhymes with the final section of the other lines or stanzas

Sound confusing? Well, let’s give a try, and maybe my example will help you. I’m using a poem from Robert Lee Brewer of Writer’s Digest as a model.

An Open Book

I tried to hide
desires inside,
but eyes don’t lie,
and he could see.

He smiled and took
a searching look–
an open book
was I to be:

easy reading,
and soon pleading,
shaking, needing,
as he held me.

My pages turned,
much more to learn,
stories to yearn,
he held the key.

An Open Book

I tried to hide desires inside, but eyes don’t lie, and he could see.
He smiled and took a searching look–an open book was I to be:
easy reading, and soon pleading, shaking, needing, as he held me.
My pages turned, much more to learn, stories to yearn–he held the key.

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