A poem-a-day for National Poetry Month

Prompt #28: Roundel

Today’s prompt brought to you by Dorothy Parker and Shanna Germain:

First, read Dorothy Parker’s poem, “Roundel” below:

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She’s passing fair; but so demure is she,
So quiet is her gown, so smooth her hair,
That few there are who note her and agree
She’s passing fair.

 

Yet when was ever beauty held more rare
Than simple heart and maiden modesty?
What fostered charms with virtue could compare?

 

Alas, no lover ever stops to see;
The best that she is offered is the air.
Yet- if the passing mark is minus D-
She’s passing fair.
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Now, attempt a Roundel of your own. The directions as well as a few more examples can be found at Wikipedia.

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Reminders for Participants: You can post your poem below in the comments, offer a link back to your site where the poem is posted, or comment about the experience of writing the poem (without actually posting the poem). If you’re going to comment on other participant’s poems, please remember that this is not a critique space — comments should be kept thoughtful and supportive. Lastly, remember you don’t have to use the prompt to write your poem — they’re here for your inspiration but they’re certainly not a requirement.

Let the Wild Poeming Being!

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16 responses

  1. Well, I was tempted by the roundel and by a sestina too after I saw Kirsty’s, but then I looked at the rules and got dizzy.

    So, just more free verse today. But there are added horses in it.

    http://nikkimagennis.blogspot.com/2011/04/top-of-my-head-blown-right-off.html

    April 28, 2011 at 2:05 am

  2. [This is a variation–because I overlooked the “refrain rhymes with the second line” rule (though, for what it’s worth, the refrain actually rhymes with the first line).]

    You were the one who popped my starting gun.
    Even though I hit stride and saw things through,
    I only tried because you called me “hon.”
    You were the one.

    You could not see I didn’t have a clue.
    Somehow you thought I sparkled in the sun.
    Mystery solved: the sunlight came from you.

    You were the key; you set my clock to run,
    Winding my soul to make each morning new.
    Promptly I’d toll, and waylay the undone.
    You were the one.

    April 28, 2011 at 4:50 am

  3. b_y

    Thanks, Shanna
    (and Dorothy, too, wherever)
    This turned out to be one of those few forms I can wrap my mind around.

    http://briarcat.wordpress.com/2011/04/28/the-roundel-with-mason-jars/

    April 28, 2011 at 11:05 am

  4. Eeps. Forms. -shudder-

    http://yearofthebooks.wordpress.com/2011/04/28/poem-a-day-28/

    April 28, 2011 at 12:44 pm

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  6. Anti-prompt poem: http://wp.me/pbg4K-5G. Fail!

    April 28, 2011 at 1:18 pm

  7. Posting it through today – no prompt. Free style with a personal message

    Jordan

    I never knew you were there
    just a ghost in my thoughts
    and yet you were real
    and then you were gone.
    now a ghost in my heart
    and a hole in my soul;
    pain to last a lifetime,
    like the loss of the love
    that was once your legacy.
    a fleeting presence,
    you were both a gift
    and my punishment.
    proof that I had a love
    that was, for a moment, true
    and then taken from me
    like you were, without a sound,
    without a notion,
    without a clue.
    daily, I will relive
    the heartache.
    daily, I will mourn
    and cry in pain
    to the gods
    wondering why I’m still here
    to deal with all
    you’ve left behind.
    like the loss of the love
    that was once your legacy
    you are mine to mourn
    to miss
    to regret

    April 28, 2011 at 3:15 pm

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  9. dorlamoorehouse

    I gave the roundel a shot. Not thrilled with it, though. http://dorlamoorehouse.com/2011/04/28/napowrimo-day-28-3/

    April 28, 2011 at 3:30 pm

  10. Bill Noble

    WEATHER

    The sun is warm,
    the wind is chill.
    The world’s a mating
    of good and ill.

    The wind is chill,
    the air is clear.
    Desire shares
    her bed with fear.

    The air is clear,
    the sun drifts down.
    Darkness dons
    her icy crown.

    April 28, 2011 at 5:58 pm

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    Tonight the sky glowed
    I stopped to watch sky and lake
    Only peacefulness.

    The green Frost spoke of
    That gold of willow and birch
    burst over our hills.

    I’m done wondering
    how beauty returns each Spring
    into a bleak world.

    I should be sleeping.
    Big wedding day tomorrow.
    Where are my good pearls?

    April 28, 2011 at 7:52 pm

  12. I’ll take a free day today and Roundel tomorrow.

    Time spins the clock
    Twirling mechanized gears
    Cognizant latching
    Springs extending their insertion
    Twisting into minutiae

    April 28, 2011 at 8:43 pm

  13. Jennifer P-W.

    Evading the prompt today.

    Landscape

    Peer through a forest
    of memories
    timbering my mind…
    in there you are dawning,
    a stark miracle of one.

    Look here, then far, down,
    distant as a legend–
    walk away from me
    in stiff forest-style resolve.
    You’re still walking.

    I could always love you
    but never cut you free.

    J. Pratt-Walter

    April 28, 2011 at 8:50 pm

  14. Jennifer P-W.

    Evading the prompt today.

    Landscape

    Peer through a forest
    of memories
    timbering my mind…
    in there you are dawning,
    a stark miracle of one.

    Look here, then far, down,
    distant as a legend–
    walk away from me
    in stiff forest-style resolve.
    You’re still walking.

    I could always love you
    but never cut you free.

    J. Pratt-Walter

    April 28, 2011 at 8:51 pm

  15. Kirby Oren

    A roundel on a rotting rat

    Prepare yourself to empty the traps you set.
    What’s caught needs your hand’s release.
    Snapped shut, ensnared, locked tight, tangled in net.
    Let the suffering cease.

    Nothing is yet free; dirtied hands, to ease
    The spring back from its broken neck. You owe the thing this debt.
    Up to the attic crawl space on your knees.

    Steel your resolve, and don’t forget
    Lure & bait only half the story, you have the keys.
    Your prey will fight its capture, then rot, a fate you both regret.
    Let the suffering cease.

    April 28, 2011 at 11:17 pm

  16. I’m been awol for a few days; real life and all. But I’m fascinated by poem forms, and the roundel challenge called to me. Maybe I’ll tackle a sestina for the “free” day. It’s likelier to tackle me, but what the hell.

    http://feedingthegeek.tumblr.com/post/5036246501/roundel-weather-report

    April 29, 2011 at 12:02 am

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