Dark Days – A Rondelet Poetry Challenge

File:Stormy skies.jpg

On darkest days

no light penetrates the mad sky

On darkest days

no eyes can find the sun, but when

the storm becomes less foreboding

tortured minds stop exploding

On darkest days

This was written for Jane Dougherty’s Poetry Challenge. Her prompt was Summer Storm, the photo above was her visual and the style requirement was Rondelet. The Rondelet is a French form consisting of a single septet with two rhymes and one refrain:AbAabbA. The capital letters are the refrains, or repeats. The refrain is written in tetra-syllabic or dimeter and the other lines are twice as long – octasyllabic or tetrameter.


  1. I once had a girlfriend named Iambic Pentameter. I never knew if she was stressed or not. But what was really odd was that she had five feet. I tried to write a poem about her but she was so confusing I gave up.
    I wish I knew you then Grammy…you could have helped me.


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