Oviellejo #26



dawn’s coming late now; dusk too soon
sliver of moon,

waning in crescent like a bowl
hovering low

smiling down on us, on the cusp
autumn’s first blush

buds to seed, squirrels in a rush
gathering, birds on the flyway
southward, as warm days slip away
sliver of moon, hovering low, autumn’s first blush


Busy week…working on catching up on my daily Oviellejos for the Month of August.

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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