by Georgia

spring and autumn

Gary’s Kyrielle


spring comes
new life

life blooms
sun smiles

we find

long nights
warm hearths

and then
it’s spring…

(This is an experimental Kyrielle form created by Gary Maxwel two syllables per line no rhyme obligation, so I’ve called it a Gary’s Kyrielle).

16 Responses to “Seasons”

  1. This is lovely!! I had never heard of a Kyrielle before. I am in the process now of googling it! I love this two syllables per line. It would make a godd “Harry challenge”!! I havent even produced an ABC poem yet! 😊

  2. Thank you re the ABC! I do mean to try one. There have been some rather good ones to try and follow!

    Thanks for the info about kyrielle. I started to google it and read that the name comes from christian liturgies called Kyrie when they recite “Lord Have Mercy” etc and repeat it. I remember it from way back when I went to the catholic church for a while! Fascinating! 😊


    • You’re quite welcome. The Kyrielle Sonnet can be really beautiful to read…not always easy to write 😉 This was born in August…when someone put up a prompt for a Kyrielle Sonnet. Gary is a haikuist of great talent and so he tired to see what would happen reducing the Kyreille as much as possible. He even di a one syllable, but quite frankly that didn’t make much sense!

  3. Oh I like this very much and would love to try one–thank you!!

    • I’m happy you enjoyed and am looking forward to see what you come up with!

      • So far, my efforts are pitiful!! I gather we’re to follow the stanzas as you have them, right? 4 lines…then end with 2 lines?

      • Yep…the classical Kyrielle is 14 lines…(three rhyming quatrain stanzas and a non-rhyming couplet) I think I added an extra line here by mistake, but as its an experiment…Each line within the Kyrielle Sonnet consists of only eight syllables. French poetry forms have a tendency to link back to the beginning of the poem, so common practice is to use the first and last line of the first quatrain as the ending couplet. This would also re-enforce the refrain within the poem. Therefore, a good rhyming scheme for a Kyrielle Sonnet would be:

        AabB, ccbB, ddbB, AB -or- AbaB, cbcB, dbdB, AB.

        Here all we have to do is write the quatrains in two syllable lines…no rhyming scheme and the last couplet rounds the poem up. It’s actually a very elaborated haiku in a way, so if you’re used to writing haiku…the last couplet would be like the cutting phrase in a haiku.

  4. Reblogged this on Bastet and Sekhmet's Library and commented:

    I wrote this poem,using the experimental form of a Kyrielle that Gary Maxwell (Ye Olde Foole) created in his push to find a haiku type sonnet form…I remember it as one of the most lovely periods of the summer, when a group of poets got together to see if they couldn’t create something new…if nothing else ever comes from those midsummer dreams, there is a new form of simplified Kyrielle which I’ve named the Gary Kyrielle…ok, I don’t have a lot of imagination when it comes to nameing forms 😉 — it’s been imitated now by two loely poets outside that group!


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