K is for Kyrielle


A Kyrielle is a French form of rhyming poetry written in quatrains (a stanza consisting of 4 lines), and each quatrain contains a repeating line or phrase as a refrain (usually appearing as the last line of each stanza). Each line within the poem consists of only eight syllables. There is no limit to the amount of stanzas a Kyrielle may have, but three is considered the accepted minimum.

Some popular rhyming schemes for a Kyrielle are: aabB, ccbB, ddbB, with B being the repeated line, or abaB, cbcB, dbdB.


THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “At the Bomb Testing Site” by William E. Stafford: noon, stone, scene, waited, desert, flute, farther, hard, panting, without, elbows, could

It was noon and we were waiting
Without any clue where, a flute
And in the desert someone sings
The entire scene is such a moot

Farther along a hard stone
A person panting in his jute
Hands under elbows, he atones
The entire scene is such a moot

Everyone’s curious as to what
He stood there, he could be a mute
We wanted to know the secret
The entire scene is such a moot

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

For: Whirligig 106 by Magical Mystical Teacher , #AtoZChallenge – 4-13-2017 – Letter K

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