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So This is Grace – A Bref Double


My little Magnolia tree, bursting with buds, soon to experience her first blooming! I am reminded to pause this first day of May, in the presence of this grace and others, to count my blessings. Sometimes I get so busy, caught up in the cares and worries of life, and I forget. I forget how wonderful life is. I forget to notice the treasures waiting for me in each moment.

i’ve grown accustomed
to fragrant spring blooms
to woodnotes and rain
to sweet morning dew

i’ve come to expect
sunrises and sets
star dusted night skies
moons full to new

rather ungrateful
my sad life’s beset
with busyness, soon
my time will come due

though I may forget
grace always makes room.

©kat – 1 May 2016

April Poetry Month – A Poem a Day #24

Today’s I am trying my hand at the Bref Double, a French poetic form consisting of 3 quatrains and a final couplet, making 14 lines.

There are multiple variations when it come to rhyme schemes, though in all versions the scheme consists of three rhymes and 4-5 un-rhymed lines, providing the bref double’s primary distinction from sonnets. The c rhyme ends each quatrain. The a and b rhymes are found twice each somewhere within the three quatrains and once in the couplet.

Some rhyme scheme choices are:
axbc xaxc axab ab
axbc xaxc bxxc ab
axxc bxxc abxc ab
abxc abxc xxxc ab
xaxc xbxc xbac ba
xabc xaxc xbxc ab

…and I’m sure there are others. 😊

There is no requirement of meter in a bref double, but all lines must be consistent in length.

I chose this form to write my poem: xabc xaxc xbxc ab

For Those Who Blog…

There are faces I shall never meet
who write their hearts on cyber pages
just a cursor point and click away
Spanning cultures, miles, zones and time.

I may never know their real names.
Some prefer their anonymity.
It’s their words that draw me to this place.
Simple pseudo-handles work just fine.

We chat, we text message and we tweet
in this place where all the world’s a stage.
Stories weaved of joy and tales of woe…
souls revealed line by beautiful line.

Inspiration here for those who seek.
If you have a voice this is your place!

kat ~ 24 April 2016

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