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 has no set meter. This lyrical poetry style comes from the Occitan words for “to dance.” I called this Dansa Poem The Rose Petal.
Guidelines for writing a Dansa Poem and The Rose Petal
*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.
The Rose Petal A fragrant red rose petal tossed into the flame Floral aroma swallowed by smoke Thick enough to make you choke And I know nothing will ever be the same A fragrant red rose petal tossed into the flame It was easy to see it wasn’t a joke Hard words were uttered, hearts got broke Nobody wins when you start this kind of game A fragrant red rose petal tossed into the flame Like an egg frying on a sidewalk with a yellow yolk There is no satisfying some of these folk Somebody has to take the heat and the blame A fragrant red rose petal tossed into the flame Summer sun simmering threatening heatstroke A sacrifice required needed to punch and poke The call went out and the scapegoat came A fragrant red rose petal tossed into the flame
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