A Question on Falling
Did I let
Go of grasping
Leafy branches or
I ask you
When I gently
Softly landed safe
Could you then
Forgive me this
Weightless grace granting
Leaves dance in
Summer breeze, then
Slowly flutter from
- Lona Gynt, June 2020
This is posted for dVerse Quadrille Monday hosted by Lynda. A Quadrille is a poem that consists of exactly 44 words, excluding the title, that includes a specified word in some form in the poem. The designated word this round is “slip.” Here is a link to the prompt, check it out and slip into a bit of Quadrille mania.
I am proposing a specific type of Quadrille with my offering. The classic Quadrille has no requirements for form. But I would like to introduce a subtype of Quadrille that I am calling a Divided Quadrille. I have written a Quadrille with four stanzas, each divided into four lines – the first three lines have three words and the last line of each stanza has 2 words – so the number of words in each stanza is 11 making the Quadrille word count evenly divisible. I have always enjoyed the syllable counting in Shadormas, they subtly render an influence on rhythm and flow of the poem that sounds less beat-steady than a quatrain would, throwing a wrench into the otherwise even divisibility. The form of each stanza is structured thus:
Line one: 3 words – 3 syllables
Line two: 3 words – 4 syllables
Line three: 3 words – 5 syllables
Line four: 2 words – 2 syllables.
I have included one hard rhyme and one soft rhyme at the end of stanzas in this inaugural Divided Quadrille, but do not feel that any requirement for rhyming is needed to adhere to the form, which I feel is mostly about a subtle rhythmic quality to the poem. I hope y’all might dabble in it at some point. I mostly write free verse, but the content of this poem felt more like it needed a form to me.
-All rights to text and pictures to Lona Gynt, June 2020