Break of dawn – Paradelle

Indigo sky on a starless night

Indigo sky on a starless night

The moon peeks through clouds

The moon peeks through clouds

Through clouds peeks the indigo moon

On a starless sky night

A purple lotus blooms in the lake

A purple lotus blooms in the lake

Owls awake with dark shining eyes

Owls awake with dark shining eyes

Purple lake blooms awake with lotus eyes

Owls shining in the dark

Break of dawn sends first light

Break of dawn sends first light

Gentle message to the earth to rise

Gentle message to the earth to rise

To the earth send gentle light break

First message of dawn, rise

Purple indigo night, starless

A lotus peeks in the dark lake

Owls break through the clouds

In the shining dawn sky,

Blooms the earth, awake

A message of first gentle light

Dear Readers,

This is the 16th day of the OctPoWriMo Poetry Writing Challenge 2015.

The challenge today was to write a paradelle. Here is the explanation given on Shadowpoetry.com

The Paradell Structure

First Three Stanzas:

The first two lines as well as the third and fourth lines of the first three stanzas must be the same (repeat). Where it begins to get difficult and become more of a poetic puzzle is when reaching fifth and sixth lines. These lines must contain all the words from the preceding four lines within the stanza using them only once to form completely new lines.

Last Stanza:

For the most difficult piece of this poetic puzzle, the final stanza of the paradelle does not repeat like the preceding stanzas, rather the final six lines must contain every word from the first three stanzas, and only those words, again using them only once to form completely new lines.

The Design is simple:

Stanza 1: 1, 1, 2, 2, 3, 4  
Stanza 2: 5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 8
Stanza 3: 9, 9, 10, 10, 11, 12
Stanza 4: 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 

This was an extremely challenging style to try to accomplish. I don’t think I have done it perfectly even after editting and re-editting many times. But its an attempt and a salute to the mere idea of this style of poetry.

Let me know what you think!

Till tomorrow,

2PP

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20 thoughts on “Break of dawn – Paradelle

      1. Well, I must say that I used yours as an example to follow…otherwise I wasn’t going to do the prompt! So thank you very much–I think we both did quite well! (but of course I’m biased on both sides :))

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