Oviellejo #2

the darkest night cannot resist
dawn’s gentle kiss

it’s shrouds of mist hovering low
in amber glow

the coo of a lone dove, mourning,
greets the morning

sparkling dew droplets, adorning
tenderly, sweet flowers in bloom,
another day commences soon,
dawn’s gentle kiss in amber glow greets the morning


The Oviellejo is an Old Spanish verse form (derived from ovillo, a ball of yarn). A stanza consists of 10 lines, with a rhyme scheme of AABBCCCDDC. The second line of each rhyme scheme, Line 2,4,6, is short line of up to 5 syllables. The last line is a “redondilla,” a “little round” that collects all three of the short lines.

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