Saturday Mix – Lucky Dip, 25 January 2020

Welcome to the Saturday Mix – Lucky Dip, 25 January 2020!

For this week’s Lucky Dip, I have reached into my mystery bag and pulled out a Clogyrnach (pronounced: clog-IR-nach). The topic is up to you!

You may be thinking to yourself, What on earth is a Clogyrnach?

Luckily, Writer’s Digest has an explanation…


Besides being another fun form to say, clogyrnach is also a fun poem to write. This Welsh poetic form is typically a six-line syllabic stanza with an ab rhyme scheme:

Line 1: 8 syllables with an a rhyme
Line 2: 8 syllables with an a rhyme
Line 3: 5 syllables with a b rhyme
Line 4: 5 syllables with a b rhyme
Line 5: 3 syllables with a b rhyme
Line 6: 3 syllables with an a rhyme

Note: There’s also a variant that combines lines 5 and 6 into one line–making a 5-line stanza (see example below).

Example of 5-line Clogyrnach

Leading a Horse to Water

When I was a horse, I saw light
reflect off the water at night–
the moon a bright rock
measured as a mock
up of clocks counting sights

I hoped that someday I would see,
though adventure eluded me
in my prison cell
echoing my yell
as I fell heavenly

into dark and dreamy attics
filled with jockeys in their spandex
and little black whips
with feverish grips
that will quip ecstatic!

Copyright © Robert Lee Brewer

Good luck with your ‘Lucky Dip Clogyrnach’ I can’t wait to see what you come up with! Don’t forget to tag ‘Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie’, ‘Saturday Mix’, and hashtag #LuckyDip.

As always, make sure you link your fabulous creation to the helpful Mister Linky.


  1. Might not get to this today – I’ll try it – Thanks

    I copied the instructions – have you added this to the Glossary of poetry forms here on MLMM?


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