I’ve been so busy trying to write an impossible novel, I almost missed one of the Welsh poetry forms from Imaginary Garden with real Toads, http://withrealtoads.blogspot.com/2011/11/i-gymryd-anadl.html.
This week they want a toddaid. A toddaid is a stanza comprising a ten-syllable line alternating with a nine-syllable line. A syllable towards the end of the first line rhymes with one in the middle of the second line. Similarly lines three and four. Lines two and four rhyme with each other. Here’s what the rhyme scheme looks like. The rhyme can fall in any of the underlined syllables:
x x x x x x x A x x
x x x x A x x x B
x x x x x x x C x x
x x x x C x x x B
It looks pretty easy, and I need a break from the novel, so I can’t pass it up. Do to time constraints, I did keep it to one stanza.
I PLAY NO MORE
by Mike Patrick
We played at love in days of youth now gone;
ignored the truth in the rush to score.
But now I find that love is not a game.
Life gives one shot; I play no more.