Saturday Mix – Lucky Dip, 30 January 2021

Welcome to the Saturday Mix – Lucky Dip, 30 January 2021!

For this week’s Lucky Dip, I have reached into my mystery bag and pulled out a Grá Reformata. The topic is up to you!

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

Luckily, Shadow Poetry has an explanation…

Grá Reformata

The Grá Reformata, created by Michael King, is based upon the Villanelle form.

Following the basic setting of the Villanelle, the a Grá Reformata has an extra couplet between each tercet. This couplet can be either rhymed within the structure of the rest of the poem, or in free verse, but always in iambic pentameter.

Format:

a-b-a
x-x
a-b-a
x-x
a-b-a
x-x
a-b-a
x-x
a-b-a
a-b-a-a

The x consists of the rhymed, or unrhymed iambic couplet.

Example

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Indecent these proposals where we lie;
although the structures random beauty falls,
these tear drops ‘pon a river start to cry.

My soulless promenade is hanging high,
my mem’ry stationed true, set to destroy.

Mountaineering pressures hold my eye;
Supported by the Devils weighty calls,
indecent these proposals where we lie.

I stand alone, my pen, my page, not falls,
the splendour in this place, I now deploy.

Now grateful do I sound a burgeoned dye;
Not sinning, I have soldered iron balls,
these tear drops ‘pon a river start to cry.

Now more for me to do, and no more try.
My feelings once again in my employ.

Where once I tainted this, the very sky;
I bounce upon my spirits man-made walls,
indecent these proposals where we lie.

This hopeless beauty to me always calls,
I play upon my heart, a diamond toy.

Though yesteryear I struggled not to pry;
I wandered like a ghost amidst these stalls,
these tear drops ‘pon a river start to cry.

Await the day my tear ducts will be dry,
and there uphill my Lady to recall.
Indecent these proposals where we lie,
these tear drops ‘pon a river start to cry.

Copyright © 2013 Michael King

Good luck with your ‘Lucky Dip Grá Reformata’ – 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.

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