I skidded into June without even tapping the brakes. Time seems to slip through my fingers the further I travel down the road. I decided to take a pit stop at the poetic form called a Dansa. This style of poetry, known as an Occitan (the official language of Catalonia) form with no set meter. This lyrical poetry style comes from the Occitan words for “to dance.” This Dansa Poem I called Dancing Words.
Guidelines for writing a Dansa Poem and Dancing Words
*Opening quintain (Or five-line stanza) followed by quatrains (or four-lined stanzas)
*The opening line of the first stanza is the final line of every stanza
*Rhyme scheme in the opening stanza: AbbaA (Capitol represents the refrain
*Rhyme scheme in the other stanzas: bbaA
There are no other rules.
Note: I will also be adding Black Out Poems as we go along the way. I plan to keep using this style until the book I’m using runs out of pages for me to play with to create these unique and visual poems. I’m excited about jogging down this road.
Dancing Words Words dancing on the page Filtering and flying like a tiny bird Sometimes clear, sometimes blurred Sometimes filled with a frantic rage Words dancing on the page Movement between stanzas so absurd Like robins on an electric wire stirred Disturbed into a frightening outrage Words dancing on a page The funniest story I’ve ever heard Heavy steps stumble and slurred So much passion on life’s stage Words dancing on the page The movement to a mystery is preferred Whispered from the beak of a mockingbird Ideas escaped from a gilded cage Words dancing on the page
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