Oviellejo #16

stormy, stormy night

strobes of light flash in the black sky
a storm is nigh

thunder rumbles shaking the earth
rain droplets burst

on the scorched earth and trees
cool is the breeze

on late summer nights like these
children scamper off to their beds
praying sweet dreams to fill their heads
a storm is nigh, rain droplets burst, cool is the breeze


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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