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) this form with no set meter. This lyrical poetry style comes from the Occitan words for “to dance.” I called this Dansa Poem Dark as night.
Guidelines for writing a Dansa Poem and Dark as night
*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.
Dark as night When the sky gets as dark as night The black clouds block out the day And the wind blows trash cans away The display of nature’s power is a fearful sight When the sky gets as dark as night The weatherman has a lot to say Storm warnings flash a frightening display County names scroll clear and bright When the sky gets as dark as night Rush inside from work and play Lightning flashes a vivid display Shelter in basements out of sight When the sky gets as dark as night A semi was blown over out on the highway Thunder rumbles a terrible bray The storm passes to everyone’s delight When the sky gets as dark as night
Who is Molly Shea?
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