Imaginary Garden with Real Toads, http://withrealtoads.blogspot.com/, is wanting us to try out a rondelet: a seven line French poem with several tricks up its sleeve. For one, they use the same refrain on the first, third and seventh lines. Next, it throws in a tricky syllable count for each line: 4, 8, 4, 8, 8, 8, 4. Then, the rhyme scheme is sneaky: A-B-A-A-B-B-A. Finally, it is traditionally written in iambic meter. All that leads up to one heck of a fun poem.
A BREATHLESS SIGH
By Mike Patrick
A breathless sigh
speaks louder than a loving shout.
A breathless sigh,
as lightly you caress my thigh,
proclaims to me the night’s too loud.
I know I’ll never have to doubt
a breathless sigh.