NaPoWriMo 2021 – Day 2 – in retrospect

Two variations of the Rhupunt...

Broken into Lines:


in retrospect

when I was young and still unsung, with dreams far-flung, nothing but time
life’s harsh demands spoilt all my plans, setting my hands to earn a dime
my family kept me busy, no longer free with no downtime
in just a blink here on the brink, no time to think regret, I find
in retrospect my thoughts reflect a life, perfect, ev’ry choice mine

Broken into Stanzas:

in retrospect

when I was young
and still unsung
with dreams far-flung
nothing but time

life’s harsh demands
spoilt all my plans
setting my hands
to earn a dime

soon family
kept me busy
no longer free
with no downtime

in just a blink
here on the brink
no time to think
regret, I find

in retrospect
my thoughts reflect
a life, perfect
ev’ry choice mine

~kat



Tried a new form, the Rhupunt, for Napowrimo 2021 Day 2 Challenge: Today’s (optional) prompt. In the world of well-known poems, maybe there’s no gem quite so hoary as Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken.” Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem about your own road not taken – about a choice of yours that has “made all the difference,” and what might have happened had you made a different choice.

The rhupunt, a Welsh poetic form, has some variability to it, but also some rigid rules as well.
Here are the guidelines for the rhupunt:
· The form can be broken down into lines or stanzas
· Each line or stanza contains 3 to 5 sections
· Each section has 4 syllables
· All but the final section rhyme with each other
· The final section of each line or stanza rhymes with the final section of the other lines or stanzas


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